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Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas From Modular Solutions, Ltd

We will be on holiday season hours this week. I hope that you take time to enjoy the season, and spend time with friends and family.

Have a great holiday season and wishing everyone a healthy and prosperous 2014!

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Need A Modular Building Floor Plan Fast?

Modular Construction is like traditional construction, everyone has a unique design they are looking to have built for their organization.

Conceptual floor plans from an architectural firm can cost from $500 to $3,500 and can take weeks to develop.

Here are (4) tips for getting affordable conceptual site plans:


1. If the modular company keeps a “catalog” of buildings similar that have been built you can look at something similar that worked for another client. Modular Solutions, Ltd keeps a master catalog and has floor plans from every project dating back to 1996. Just make sure if the floor plan is an older floor plan it has been updated to meet current IBC codes.

2. Modular companies will sometimes have “typical” models. Maybe one of these floor plans will work for your needs. If not, ask the modular company if the provide conceptual planning as a part of their service. Modular Solutions, Ltd provides free conceptual plans and budgets as a part of our preconstruction package.

3. Identify key employees space needs, and flow as you plan. Reworking floor plans can take time and slow down your schedule. Design firms will charge you for each rendition or version you request.

4. Keep your mind open. Sometimes what you thought would be a great idea, does not pan out to be a cost effective design. Listen to the design experts and let them help you create a design that is efficient and affordable.

For more information contact our team at Modular Solutions, Ltd (800) 441-8577 x 1

email: information@modularsolutionsltd.com
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Five Tips on How to Prevent Key Chaos

Every school, church, hospital, facility has a challenge of keeping the key chaos down to a minimum. With proper planning you can eliminate the key cluster effect and the pandemonium of lockout syndrome!

HELPFUL TIPS:
1. Decide on a plan for brand, keyways, security clearance, egress pitfalls, and talk it through with your modular design specialist during the preconstruction phase. Proper planning helps you alleviate extra spending on "do-overs"
2. How secure do you need to be? Talk through and decide if you need additional security features such as electronic monitoring, card keys, cypher locksets, or will standard keyways be sufficient.
3. Talk with other professionals in your industry. See how they handle their egress issues and see if they have any helpful tips
4. Every volunteer and employee has the potential to be locked out...or worse "locked-in". Walk through how your group will handle unscheduled events or the need for off hours entry.
5. Don't be afraid to try different things to see how they work. Sometimes the best plan on paper just does not work for your function. If you find the plan is not working-redesign or tweak it.

For more information call us a (800) 441-8577 x1
email: information@modularsolutionsltd.com
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Modular Dreams, Build It And They Will Come!

In a hard economy too many investors are holding back and not encouraging growth. Now that the US and other global economies are on a rebound it is time to take that chance and expand your dream!

Companies grow by adding new technology, or updating old machines, or adding more space for more employees. When non-profit and for profit firms are ready to grow they need to just take the chance, and go for it!

Modular buildings are the perfect solution for growing companies. In most cases banks and finance companies treat a modular addition as "equipment" and the building can be added on a long term lease, and the payments can be written off taxes! Win/Win!

Some great resources for 3rd party finance:
www.baystone.net Great for municipal and school districts or non profits
www.lease-smart.com Great for small growing businesses
www.ffb.com Great for mid size firms that need extra capital


We have a great network of 3rd party lenders that help growing firms with a dream, let us help you grow!


Contact us: Modular Solutions, Ltd (800) 441-8577 x 1
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

New Mexico CES Saves Time & Money

Modular buildings are available through CES New Mexico. What is CES New Mexico?
Cooperative Educational Services aspires to be known as one of the best educational service agencies in the country and the program of choice in New Mexico.

CES (Cooperative Educational Services) is a membership cooperative that saves school districts and municipalities time and money on the procurement process in New Mexico.
What value does this bring? Members can take advantage of the streamlined procurement process that CES has already performed. Vendors on the CES vendor partnership program are offering great service and value to CES members. Members are able to choose a vendor based on qualifications and value.


contact Modular Solutions for more details at (800) 441-8577 x 1

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Monday, December 16, 2013

US Military Chooses Modular Construction

Providing space for the US Military is very important to the security of our Nation. When the US Government needs a space requirement fulfilled there is usually an urgency for that space. Traditional design/bid/build methods through standard reporting methods can take 6-18 months to fulfill a space need. GSA Advantage allows contractors to provide on line proposals based on the best value for the federal Government.

The US Military does not always award based on "low-bid" there are other determining factors that are critical to the success of their mission.

Factors for award can include:
* Schedule of performance
* Past Performance
* Best Design Solution
* Team Experience & Qualifications
* Turnkey Capabilities
* Overall Project Value


Modular Solutions, Ltd holds a GSA contract # GS-07F-0199L and has been awarded modular building projects for the US Military based on providing the best solutions and value.

To find out more speak with our team at (800) 441-8577 x 1



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Friday, December 13, 2013

Modular Building Wall Covering Finishes, Help Me Choose!

Commercial modular builders have commonly limited customer choices in wall covering to keep costs lower in production, and build faster. As a client you are not limited to a small selection of prefinished wall panels. There are some very attractive options in the commercial modular industry that will help you enjoy the environment of your new modular buildings.

Tips for choosing your wall covering:
1. Work with your schedule, some textures and finishes have additional steps which may slow your schedule by a few days
2. Work with your budget, Pretty....is yes sometimes expensive
3. Share the use of your rooms during the design phase of your modular building so the best solution can be developed
4. If image is important spend the time & energy to work with the preconstruction design team to explore options.
5. Don't settle. If you want a design that a factory is not willing to include or is trying to "change" your mind- talk with another factory. Experienced factories that build custom modular buildings are capable of taking care of any style you want to include.

Contact our preconstruction team at Modular Solutions, Ltd (800) 441-8577 x 1
email: information@modularsolutionsltd.com
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Modular Buildings & Modern Technology

Many clients ask can I integrate modern technology into my new modular building. Integration of technology is simple when it is incorporated into the design during the preconstruction phase.

Tips for getting new technology integration:

1. Plan ahead for "future" growth. Always assume your organization will grow and you will need to add more communication stations, more phone lines, etc.
2. Don't just integrate technology into your new modular building based on lowest price. Buying last years technology, will allow you to hobble along, but will not streamline productivity
3. If you have an existing modular building and you are updating your technology, bring the design team and preconstruction team on board to ensure you get proper grounding and fire proofing and safety in place as required

Any technology you want to incorporate into a modular building including military and secured facilities has been utilized. Facilitating your current and future goals for technology implementation is simply a matter of communicating your wants and needs and then having the design team facilitate those goals into a reality.




For more information contact our team at Modular Solutions, Ltd (800) 441-8577 x 1
email: information@modularsolutionsltd.com
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Is your Modular Vendor a GSA Contract Holder?

What are the benefits of choosing a modular vendor that holds a GSA contract?
In the federal and educational industries studies have proven GSA vendors provide a better value than traditional design/bid/build methods of procurement.

Tips for selecting a GSA modular vendor:
1. Past Performance, experience- take the time to check their references.
2. How long have they been in business? Companies with a long record of successful performance are frequently a better choice than someone who is a start up or newer organization or new teams with less than five years in business.
3. Do they have sufficient bonding? Make sure your project costs & scope are covered within the bonding capacity limits of the company.
4. Will they dedicate the staffing and team members required to have a successful modular building project. This should include a preconstruction team, a project manager, a site manager, and key employees based on the scope.

To find out more about GSA and the Modular Solutions, Ltd team call (800) 441-8577 x 1
email: information@modularsolutionsltd.com
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

What Occupancy Is My Modular Building?

Modular buildings are the same as traditional construction when it comes to occupancy & use. Each type of facility can have multiple uses in the same building. Example a church or "A" assembly may have a school during the week and have "E" classrooms incorporated into the design. Any architectural design firm will tell you the importance is in the proper naming and function of the room and space.

This little cheat sheet will help you see what the general guidelines are for occupancy and use of your new modular building. By identifying areas that might be mixed occupancy or require fire separations, it is always great to meet with your design team during preconstruction and make sure we are incorporating the best flow & use of the facility.

Sometimes a wrong name on a room can be an expensive error. One example "B" offices can have professional improvement or training rooms without mixing your occupancy and using a higher square ft occupancy load. If you call this room a "conference room" or "meeting room" you will have mixed your occupancy and also raised your occupant load in the building.


For more details contact our preconstruction team at Modular Solutions, Ltd (800) 441-8577 x 1
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Monday, December 9, 2013

ADA ramps For Modular Buildings, (5) easy tips

Modular buildings can set above the grade keeping the axles and frame system but federal and local jurisdictions require the building to be ADA or handicap accessible. Some designers will charge a few thousand dollars to put a ramp drawing together for you, but we have some tips to help you save time and money on making your modular building ADA accessible
FIVE HELPFUL TIPS:
1. Know your door threshold, measure it and re-measure it. Most mistakes are made in the threshold height if your ramps does not meet the mandatory 1:12 Pitch/ratio your ramp no matter how sturdy will not pass inspections....and do overs can be very expensive
2. Prefabricated ramps & stairs are quite common in the industry. By using a prefabricated system there are legs that can adjust up and down with the terrain and makes installation quicker & more affordable since the "design" is already incorporated into the prefabrication process.
3. Material: Ramps can be made of wood, steel, aluminum, concrete, trex, the value of the ramp is the value of the life cycle and site conditions. Make sure you think of those considerations before just exploring "how-much" the ramp costs
4. Maintenance: Get a ramp that is LOW MAINTENANCE, most clients do not have time to go out and paint, or nail or resurface ramps each year
5. Before your build, get approval on your design. Many times a simple thing can be very expensive to retrofit, and it could have been prevented if a plan review agent reviewed the design prior to installation.

for more information contact our preconstruction team at Modular Solutions, Ltd (800) 441-8577 x 1
email: information@modualarsolutionsltd.com
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Friday, December 6, 2013

What Color Should My Modular Building Be?

COLOR.....it is often one of the most personal preferences any client can apply to a project. Too bold and the neighbors complain, too light and you are painting and power washing every year. What is the perfect balance of not too bland...not to charismatic?

While colors for a modular building are often determined by the local CCR (zoning board), where you can get options from a fan deck that allows (4) flavors of tan there are also unlimited options available which can become overwhelming.

Architectural design teams have "families" of colors to help you design the perfect match and blend of colors that will enhance the community and accomplish your color objectives successfully.
TIPS FOR CHOOSING COLOR PALLETTE:
1. Choose what you like, and see it in a BIM or colored elevation and color board so the entire project can be visualized
2. Don't be afraid of color, sometimes a great pop of green, or bold red can really make the difference
3. Natural textures and colors are always a safe bet, with lots of choices in that color family
4. Experiment your color choices, and in the end if it is just paint, you can always "do-over".

For more information on modular building design & construction contact our preconstruction team at Modular Solutions, Ltd (800) 441-8577 x 1
email: information@modularsolutionsltd.com
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Thursday, December 5, 2013

New Mexico, Land of Enchanted Modulars

New Mexico is on the rebound, and construction is on the rise. Modular homes, and modular buildings in New Mexico are showing great signs of back log in factory production orders. And why not? Modular homes and commercial modular buildings are a way to get your new building completed faster, and get custom architectural features.


In New Mexico the santa fe look with stucco exterior is one of our most popular architectural styles, but we are able to provide any number of finishes you want. Blending in with the existing community is important and should always be considered when you are in the design phase of getting your new modular building.

We are pleased to be a CES procurement partner in New Mexico. By making the commodity contract available throughout the state of New Mexico to all state, local, and educational buyers the procurement process is streamlined and the value is proven!

Advantages to commodity purchasing:
1. Preapproved pricing package for modular buildings and structures with value and price as a determining award factor
2. Convenience of expedited procurement process. Instead of having to do design, bid, & construct contracting agents can choose the more preferred design-build methodology of procurement
3. As a procurement partner we will always ensure our clients are satisfied, so that our contract will be extended
4. Free consultations and solutions development! Why pay for a consultant to tell you that modular construction is a great solution!




For more information contact our team at Modular Solutions, Ltd (800) 441-8577 x 1
email: information@modularsolutionsltd.com
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Modular Buildings, know your snow load!

This time of year we are faced with huge storms all over the country. One of the biggest misconceptions about modular buildings is that they can not withstand heavy snow loads. When you work with an experienced preconstruction team they can ensure your construction design will work in the heaviest snow & driving wind conditions.


Blowing winds, ice dams, and setting snow are all factors that contribute to roof load failures. By making visits to your local site and incorporating actual data, not just charts from a book a capable modular building designer will incorporate site specific data that implements a safer modular building design.

For more information contact our team at Modular Solutions, Ltd (800) 441-8577 x 1

email: information@modularsolutionsltd.com
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Native American Communities Choose Modular Solutions

Many Native American Communities are hundreds of miles from the nearest metropolitan city. The need still exists in each community for stores, police and fire protection services, schools, housing, clinics, social services, legislative and judicial offices. Due to the remote location construction costs swell well over $200/PSF for traditional construction. Many Native American communities have discovered the flexibility and affordability of prefabricated buildings.
Benefits of modular buildings and prefabricated construction include:
1. Modular buildings are temporary or permanent, depending on specification details and construction methods
2. Modular buildings can be in place in 60-90 days from approval
3. Modular buildings can be constructed "green" and include construction methods that reduce our carbon footprint
4. Modular buildings deliver to the site 90% complete, reducing site noise, theft of materials, and environmental impact
5. Modular companies can work with local TERO offices to hire semi-skilled labor forces to complete the finishes to the new building addition allowing work for a broader spectrum of construction crews

Modular Solutions, Ltd is a Native American owned company. We have constructed, relocated, and renovated over 1,000,000 S.F. for projects that needed a better way to build.
Modular buildings have been used for temporary and permanent construction, meeting the needs of Native American communities.

Assisted Living Facilities
Dental & Medical Clinics
Dialysis Clinic
Wellness Centers
Classrooms & Education
Community Centers
Casino & Conference Resorts
Stores & Supply Warehouses
Housing
Secured Financial Facilities
Dining Facilities
Emergency Responders
Legislative & Judicial Facilities


To find out more about how Modular Solutions, Ltd can help you meet the space needs of your community contact our preconstruction and design team at (800) 441-8577 x 1

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Modular Kitchen, On the move!

After a weekend of holiday feasting kitchens are on our minds. Did you know that you can have a commercial kitchen with all the amenities in a modular building? A modular kitchen and cafeteria are great space solutions for rural areas that need a modular diner, or a school that needs more modular cafeteria space, or disaster relief in areas hit by natural disaster.
A few hints for getting everything you need in a commercial modular kitchen design:
1. Find a vendor with kitchen design experience, commercial kitchens have to meet logical space flow patterns and meet health code requirements, and OSHA safety requirements
2. Get a conceptual design, and run it by all the inspection parties to make sure you don't have to "do-over" a design deficiency
3. If timing is critical, get a firm written schedule. Nothing worse than opening months late......with excuses from a vendor that is invested in your critical path schedules from the onset
4. Consider growth. If you think your diner or cafeteria will need more space plan to use flexible modular sections that can easily add more space as you continue to grow, allowing for more revenue and better community service
Some Design Considerations:
1. Consider clearspan steel construction in your modular dining area, so that you do not have to work tables around post locations and you have clear viewing access of the entire room
2. Create a spacious area for restrooms, away from main traffic
3. A modular design can have high ceilings for a more open feel, ask how to get this incorporated into your new modular space
4. Design your new modular building to meet the theme of your restaurant, successful establishments will share that the theme and ambiance can be the critical factor in revenues
5. Know what you want, and don't settle. Innovative modular companies will be able to design and build any type of kitchen and dining facility you want, when they are involved in the early planning stages.


For more information contact our preconstruction team at Modular Solutions, Ltd (800) 441-8577 x 1
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Modular Thanksgiving

The team at Modular Solutions, Ltd would like to wish you Happy Thanksgiving.
If you are traveling may you have safe travels.
We will be closed Until Monday, Enjoy your time with friends and family.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Modular Employee Camps, A great place to stay

Employees that are required to work in a very rural or remote area deserve the same comforts of home. Industries such as the gas and oil, and park services have found if you provide a welcoming employee living space they will stay and work efficiently for the company.
Modular solutions for employee housing have a wide range of options. RV type temporary units, Single or double wide bunk units, large rows like a dorm or barrack facility. Each offering restroom and laundry facilities. Commonly there is also a kitchen or kitchen services available since the nearest convenience store can be hundreds of miles away.

Offering a day room or a place to hang out is a great way for team bonding. The goal is to have a safe & warm place to sleep with some privacy and a place to store personal possessions.
If the budget allows plan for the following spaces:
1. Sleeping quarters
2. Laundry & Restroom/Shower facilities
3. Recreation Rooms
4. Kitchen or Food Service Halls

Studies have shown the key to a successful company is having productive and happy employees. It all starts with a good nights sleep, and the basic comforts of home life.




For more information contact our preconstruction team at (800) 441-8577 x 1
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Monday, November 25, 2013

Modular Dental Clinics bring a brighter smile

Dental care facilities are sometimes forced to "fit" into strip centers or retrofit old doctors offices to find space. Search for space no more! Modular dental clinics can be placed on any open space, custom design-built to meet the current and future needs of the dental staff & team.
Your new modular dental clinic can come equipped with all of the furnishings, lab equipment, digital xray rooms, gas & vac lines....everything a new modular dental clinic facility would need.

There are great finance options that include rolling the costs of the land, the modular building, the equipment, and make a total package for a new start up office or a relocation. This type of package is great in rural areas or in metropolitan cities.

For more information on how to get a custom design-build modular dental clinic contact our experienced team at Modular Solutions, Ltd by phone at (800) 441-8577 x 1

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Modular dormatories, a better way to build

Military, College, and Educational dorm facilities do not have to look like the bland concrete towers of yesteryear. Why not add a little architectural embellishment to your new modular dorm facility and make it the star of the community. Heroes that are sacrificing, college kids away from home the first time, young children boarding away from home in the name of a better education deserve the comforts of home.

When you envision your new dormitory facility a modular building can incorporate any architectural element you want to see. Modular buildings are finished with brick, block, decorative steel,lap, stucco, split face block, architectural mouldings.......YOU DECIDE!







At Modular Solutions, Ltd our preconstruction team will help you make those decisions based on community requirements for zoning, budget, creative license, and innovative design solutions that will get your project completed months earlier than traditional construction. When involved in the early planning stages of a project we are able to help your new dormitory project be a complete success.

Contact our preconstruction team at (800) 441-8577 x 1
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Modular School Construction, the ABC's

Ever wonder what does it take to get an entire school build out of modular construction? Wonder no more!
Modular Solutions, Ltd has a quick fun video to watch that takes you through the process from preconstruction through project close out. When you have the right team, the process is as simple as ABC.

CLICK HERE to Take a tour with us on how to create the perfect new school campus for your project site.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Modular Homes, what does that mean?

Confused about what is a modular home or a manufactured or mobile home, or a custom IRC home? You are not alone. Our modular industry tends to use all of those words with clients and each company has a versatile meaning as to what the difference is.

A modular home from the outside can look like a mobile home, but have thousands of $$'s in structural upgrades you will never see. And transversely a mobile home can have lots of "fluff" on the outside and still just be a mobile or manufactured home.

This is an IRC duplex home. Traditional siding, architectural shingles, why is this one different? It is in what you don't see, the structural package and design. There are energy code upgrades, all the appliances are energy star, the windows are energy star, the floor system is substantially heavier, the stud framing is 2 x 6, the roof has upgraded trusses and insulation system....It sets on a permanent foundation system.

The definition in most jurisdictions is in the "code" approval IRC or HUD, and in the foundation system. If you have a permanent foundation system, most jurisdictions will call the home a modular home. It is usually easier to find financing for a IRC or Modular home than a manufactured home that can be moved away in the night. In the end what you want is a durable and well built structure that meets your individual needs, and falls within your budget. It will be your decision to look at a long term investment such as energy efficient design (saving $$s on monthly utility costs) vs. hard dollars spent today. To learn more about the differences contact our professional team at (800) 441-8577 x 1

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Modular Multi-Story Designs

Sometimes land is so expensive, the only way to build is UP! Multi-story modular buildings are becoming more and more popular with clients needing modular classroom space and modular office space.

Five things to look for in a modular multi-story design:
1. Experience- Always look for a vendor such as Modular Solutions, ltd that has not only designed, but fabricated and installed a modular multi-story building.
2. Structural Integrity- Some companies are building wood frame multi-story structures, which is a choice- but is it the best choice. Explore your options
3. Practicality- Sometimes it is not really a cost advantage to take a very small structure to two stories. While it can certainly be designed and the space can be constructed, the feasibility of the total project size does not generate a cost-effective modular solution
4. Elevator & Stairs- An elevator is one of the main cost factors in a modular multi-story building. Consideration for location of egress and stairs and even using a "modular" elevator are all things to incorporate into your modular multi-story project. Correctly designing stairs & landings allow a decorative and creative embellishments to a project. Incorrect design can be a safety hazard, make sure you talk through this aspect.

5. Final Finishes- When you have a multi-story modular facility safety precautions such as guard rails, and fire safety have to be incorporated into the design. Decide how much of your facility you want with exterior walkways and how much is all indoors. The cost of roof covering vs. railings and covered walkways.






For more information on multi-story modular construction call our preconstruction team at
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Friday, November 15, 2013

Modular Solutions, Ltd-The Complete Modular Building Company



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Modular Retail Buildings, A Real Solution

Using modular buildings for retail facilities has been a great advantage to start up businesses and businesses that are growing. By opening the new facility quicker the revenue stream can get a quicker ROI (return on investment).
Real estate offices is one of highest uses in the modular industry for retail sales. The project owners or developers are able to design the modular sales office to match their project aesthetics and blend in with the surrounding community. Many modular retail sales offices even have a model built into the design to facilitate the sales vision.

Retail modular car sales lots are a very common use for modular buildings. The fun part is that they can be designed to meet the very basic functional need, or they can be elegant and reflect the elegance of the vehicle being offered. The goal with getting a prefabricated modular building is to move into the facility and begin selling the product or service quicker, and with the right team this goal is easily accomplished. See more photos CLICK HERE

For more information about modular retail facilities, contact Modular Solutions, Ltd preconstruction team at (800) 441-8577 x 1
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Modular Churches, and Modular Multi-Purpose Buildings

Thinking about modular construction for your new church or multipurpose facility? There are many considerations, it helps if you know some common boundaries and innovations on your way there.


Ceiling height has always been a concern with modular churches. You typically want at least 10' high ceilings in an open space. This creates transportation issues in some areas. New innovations allow for higher ceilings with telescoping roof systems or fold out systems.
Many of our church clients will leave out the ceiling system and have exposed beams to allow a higher finished ceiling height.

Another consideration has typically been posting or roof load support. Most meeting rooms need clear vision in the entire room. While it may cost a little more to get clearspan steel roof beams it is usually a worthwhile expense. Having a post is distracting & takes away from the flexibility of the room use. In the end your team has to compare overall budget and incorporate those decisions into the decision making process.





For more tips like this consult our preconstruction team at Modular Solutions, Ltd (800) 441-8577 x 1
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Should we use BIM in our modular design phase?

What is BIM? Building Information Modeling. Building Information Modeling helps communication with all phases of the construction process "see" in real time what the building will be like in the end. Helping avoid conflicts with ductwork & fire sprinkler heads or fire walls running in the way of ductwork as examples. By having the entire building in a 3D or 4D program all of the designers and trades can see any potential conflicts before the construction process begins.

Since modular buildings are constructed in independent sections and put together in the plant as "one" building, avoiding construction conflicts will help prevent costly "re-construction" or "do-overs" and keep your projects on schedule. This also helps with final finishes that will be installed on site such as downspout placement and porch opening locations.


By having the owner, architectural, fabrication, and construction team involved from inception and effectively communicating, each department can take ownership and ensure their part of the project will be successful.

To learn more about BIM Technology READ HERE.









To talk with our preconstruction team at Modular Solutions, Ltd call (800) 441-8577 x 1
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Does modular construction provide a safer project site?

A safe work site is the responsibility of all prime and sub contractors and trades. Modular construction is inherently safer, because the site trades are limited. In many cases the modular buildings are delivered to site 90% complete. By having fewer trades on site dealing with the logistics and safety hazards prone to a construction site there is an obvious reduction in accidents.

When you choose your prefabrication company make sure they have a safety pamphlet like Modular Solutions, Ltd does. Look for a low EMR rate. Our team requires sub contractors & team members to attend safety talks, and be OSHA certified. Also make sure your vendor has proper insurance coverage for the subs and for all their team members.


Watching out for each other is the best way to make sure your project site is safe, and everyone on the site should keep an eye out for any unsafe site conditions, and have a zero tolerance policy.
Easy tools such as hard hats, safety shoes, construction vests, safety glasses keep site employees safe with minimal cost impact. According to OSHA one of the leading causes for site accidents is inattention. Keep your team members visible, and keep them safer.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Affordable modular veteran clinics, and housing

Today we pause to thank our veterans past & our heroes present that fight to keep our country free. One cause that is a challenge in most cities and towns in the USA is to find affordable housing for our veterans, and keep their clinics and hospitals first notch.

The Veterans Administration and other agencies have discovered that constructing buildings off site using modern prefabrication technologies they are able to accomplish both goals.

By building a better facility, and making sure the costs are manageable, the facility owners can use more money toward better health care and living conditions.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Can my modular building get LEED certified?

What qualifies a building for LEED certification?
Any building alone can NOT be LEED certified. The goal with LEED is to certify an entire PROJECT. This means a modular building is no different than a traditional building in the eyes of LEED accredited professionals.
If you structure your project correctly you can actually get MORE points by using a modular building and having a higher recycle content, and other factors that make prefabricated construction more amenable to LEED professionals.
To read more details about LEED certification CLICK HERE.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Can I get more efficient windows in my modular building

Feeling your operations dollars fly out the window? One way to keep your building envelope, and reduces costs is to utilize the right type of windows for your location. There are literally hundreds of window suppliers, and choosing the best value without "overbuying" can increase your energy efficiency.

According to AAMA there are five basic window classifications for performance standards. “R” for Residential, “LC” for Light Commercial, “C” for Commercial, “HC” for Heavy Commercial and “AW” for Architectural. This general rating was replaced with a more modern version in 2008. To qualify for a given performance grade (PG), a representative specimen of the product must pass all required performance tests for the following, in addition to all required auxiliary (durability) tests for the applicable product type and desired performance class:

a) Operating force (if applicable)
b) Air leakage resistance
c) Water penetration resistance
d) Uniform load deflection test
e) Uniform load structural test
f) Forced-entry resistance (if applicable)
It is important to consider location, building facings, wind conditions, application, and other factors when deciding which windows to include in your new modular buildings. By having a team that understands energy efficiencies, and architectural solar factors you will be able to get the best value and return on your investment.







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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Which is better, steel or wood modular construction

If you are considering a new building one of the key choices is should you build your new modular or prefabricated building from wood or steel. There are several benefits of each, making an informed decision and evaluating your priorities is the best way to decide.
BENEFITS OF WOOD FABRICATION:

typically less expensive overall cost and fees
quicker framing times, readily available materials
Travels well, won't tweak or break
Ease of attaching final finishes, can nail instead of screw
Better insulation value
Can be purchased from renewable forests for LEED points
BENEFITS OF STEEL FABRICATION:

longer clearspan distances
infestation resistant
better fire rating
can be recycle factor for LEED points
extended life cycle



Typically budget, schedule, and finishes determine what type of building our clients choose. Consult our design professionals to learn more.
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Monday, November 4, 2013

5 tips to a better mining industry prefabricated structure

The only thing constant in the mining industry is change! Understanding that staff needs, and team goals will flex on an almost daily basis is important in making long & short term space planning goals. Here are a few tips to help you decide on what is the best value for an ever changing industry.

1. DEFINE IF THE SPACE PLAN IS LONG TERM OR SHORT TERM: By understanding if you need a short term lease of space or if you would be better to purchase a custom building to meet the space needs is key to getting the best value. Frequently you can find a building in inventory to meet the needs, or if you have a specialized custom space need don't be willing to settle, know what you want and develop a solution along side your modular building vendor.

2. WHO IS THE END OCCUPANT OF THE SPACE: Keeping in mind there are line employees and there are executives on the team, and it takes everyone to make your team successful. Executive suites tend to have a little more luxury in the design and larger working spaces. Line workers are in the field and in the office so a mixed layout of structural upgrades and large open spaces are more common on this application.
3. WHERE IS THE NEW BUILDING GOING: While mines have lots of space, they are limited on useable space. Choose a space that is accessible to trucks and the prefabricated installation team. The more accessible your site, the lower the installation fees will be.

4. WILL THIS SPACE NEED GROW: When designing space it is better to have room to grow, or pick a "mod-flex" plan that can add more sections without excessive cost factor.

5. MAINTAIN YOUR BUDGET: When looking at a custom building it is easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices and want to include comfortable upgrades. Make sure you have a budget goal in mind and work closely with the preconstruction team to make sure you get sensible upgrades like better insulation values and windows, that will lower your monthly operations budget as well as keep your lease or purchase price of the new modular building within budget.

Let the professional design-build team at Modular Solutions, Ltd help you assess your space planning goals, and establish a list of priorities to stay on budget.
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Thursday, October 31, 2013

What exterior finishes can my modular building have?

Considering a facelift to your existing modular building, or looking at getting a new addition? You have lots of exciting options available. Your decisions can be based on price point or blending in with the community, or on artistic architectural creativity.
PRICE POINT OPTIONS:
Finished sidings such as hardboard, or cement board make a great option because they can be finished in the plant and they can be less expensive cost factor.
LOW MAINTENANCE:
Sidings such as steel and vinyl in parts of the country are popular because they reduce the maintenance required to keep the siding attractive and have a fairly long life cycle.



SOUTHWEST CURB APPEAL:
In the southwest stucco and synthetic stucco are common. This look is fairly inexpensive and adds additional insulation value with the foam underlayment. With the new energy codes being adopted this is a great continuous wall finish.
VENEERS:
Natural veneers are attractive finishes. They are lightweight and add that classic touch that clients want to see in a building that would have been traditionally built. Many veneers can be installed in the plant, or on site.
NATURAL SIDINGS:
Cedar, log, stone, slate, board & batton....things found in nature are used for a final finish. Typically these finishes are combined with each other or with siding finishes to create a very artistic appearance.

If you want a team with experience installing multiple finishes, and want to see results contact our preconstruction team at Modular Solutions, Ltd. Call us at (800) 441-8577 x 1

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Five tips for building a better modular clinic

Planning a clinic? Modular buildings are fast becoming the method of choice for this type of facility. Finding a modular company with medical construction experience is critical to the success of your project. Here are five easy tips to ensure your clinic will be a success, and open on time.
1. Make sure there are a set of construction standards that incorporate the health department requirements into the construction process and physical elements of design. Most agencies are building to the 2009 IBC or newer, look for this information in your specification details.
2. Ask for references in the modular medical field. A highly specialized field like medical clinics need a modular building factory and contractor that has experience building and designing medical facilities.
3. Know what you want. Come to a preconstruction meeting prepared with a list of items you want included in your new modular clinic facility, and see if the builder knows the products and brands.
4. Ask about what options are available. When you are building custom design-build you should have unlimited options and choices. By choosing a modular building company that can show you various elevations in BIM or share preliminary floor plans you will develop a relationship and trust with your contractor. Don't be willing to "settle"
5. Ask for a schedule. A huge part of getting your ROI is having the clinic open and ready for clients. By having a schedule in place you are able to work with your CEO and team to evaluate how quickly a modular clinic will start turning revenue.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Can I get something besides a construction trailer for my new modular building?

In the industry there are many used buildings that were construction trailers. Not always the best match for your new facility that is a bank or retail sales office.
Finding the right look and the right modular building for your new location can be challenging. Sometimes the industry will try to lead you into what they might have in inventory. While this may be a great price point you are often limited as to the aesthetic curb appeal of the "used building".

Many clients have taken the easier road of design-build modular construction. By choosing a company like Modular Solutions, Ltd that specializes in design-build you are able to choose the size, the shape, the finishes, the structural integrity, and really get the building of your dreams. The only limitations are your imagination.


We make your dreams come true by helping you establish a budget, develop the vision, and create a virtual model so that you can see the reality from inception.

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