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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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


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.

For more information on modular clinical facilities contact our preconstruction team at Modular Solutions, Ltd by calling(800) 441-8577 x 1


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.

Call our team to get an appointment (800) 441-8577 x 1

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Friday, October 25, 2013

five tips to funding your new commercial modular building

Does it seem like your money flies out the door faster than you can gain capital to grow your business?
Having a good working environment and comfortable atmosphere is a key element to the success and focus of your key employees. If you need to grow but don't have the capital for a new modular building there are many ways to get funding.
1. Lease to own: There are private equity companies, and banking firms that invest in growing companies and offer a lease to own package. Several advantages to this, one large impact is that in many cases the payments are tax deductible in full not tapping into your capital expenditure (they treat it as equipment)
2. Finance deal: This is a typical and the most common route. If you have a great banking relationship they can add it to your line of credit or as a stand alone based on the new equity you modular building facility will add to the company value.
3. Developers: For educational facilities and strategic businesses developers have an interest in getting new clients set up with the property, the site development, and the new prefabricated structures. We have put together several strategic partnerships with developers on long term paybacks so the site is developed, the funding is incorporated into the operational costs, and it is win/win.
4. Improvement grants: CCBD, USDA, local governments all have improvement grants available. If you are in an area that needs economic growth or that a new modular building would improve the community grants are available. This is a longer road but is usually offered in the form of a guaranteed low rate loan or "gift" if you stay in the community and create new jobs.
5. Modular Building Company Finance: Many modular companies offer lease with an option or lease to own from their own in-house resources. Since you both have an opportunity to gain from the modular building moving to a site with long term facility goals this is often a viable solution. This option is usually just for the building and other funding has to be found for the site work, permits, and installation fees.

If you need the resources to get a new modular building our team is a great resource for finding affordable and fair partners that will help you grow sensibly. For more details contact Modular Solutions, Ltd at (800) 441-8577 x 1


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Does my prefabricated modular building have to be a rectangle?

While many companies still build rectangular boxes because it is the faster method of construction, there are innovators in our modular and prefabricated industry that think outside the "BOX". Clients frequently come to our preconstruction team with a traditional site built design, and look for ways to build it prefabricated due to schedule or budget restrictions. By remaining open and having the right creative team in place we are able to design exactly what they want and build it in the factory.
Sometimes it is as easy as adding an architectural element such as an ornate porch, cupola, or cresting. By having a team with experience in translating traditional design to prefabrication, we are able to embellish any architectural feature and include it into the finished building design. The end result is fabulous permanent building that was fabricated off site at a factory and that will be an attractive addition to any rural or metropolitan community.

for more details on how to get "out-of-the-box" with modular construction contact our preconstruction team at (800) 441-8577 x 1


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

five tips to finding a reputable commercial modular building contractor

There are many companies in the commercial modular industry that offer modular structures. Some have great reputations for quality workmanship and industry knowledge while others are just looking to make a quick buck. Some tips to help you evaluate the difference.
1. Do they have proper licenses? If possible an architectural, general contracting, & manufacturing license. This shows they have taken the time and effort to ensure the team is knowledgeable and capable of getting licensed. Make sure the license they hold is in their company name, not a sub contractor or other 3rd party.
2. Do they have experience with what you are looking to build? Many companies offer construction trailers, but have never built a clinic or a hotel. Ask for references in a related field.
3. Do they belong to organizations that hold them accountable to a code of ethics such as the BBB or the MBI? Organizations like this require commercial modular building companies to follow a strict code of ethics for honesty and integrity and for doing things the right way.
4. Are they willing to help you with design consultations and site visits upfront with no consultation fees? Some companies charge fees just to stop out & look at a viable solution. When you have a company that is interested in building relationship you will find they are willing to help you develop solutions and budgets prior to requiring you to depart with huge amounts of cash for "conceptual design work".
5. Have they taken the time to explore various options for you? You would never expect a one-size-fits-all method of approach for construction and renovation projects. Modular construction comes in many forms, and knowing your options so that you can make an informed decision is what builds trust and ultimately the best space solution.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Do I really have to have my modular builidng setting 36" high with a ramp?

We are frequently asked "do I really have to have my modular building door 3' above the existing grade?" Sometimes floodplain will mandate this, but commonly there are alternatives. An "above grade" set as the modular industry calls it, is common because it is easy to set up, and just place a ramp in front of the building exterior.

A quick easy way to have an ADA accessible installation of your modular building is to excavate & backfill the site. In many instances this fee is the same or less than keeping the modular building above grade. By using sidewalks, and landscape to finish the installation you have a great looking building that is accessible to all, and can be utilized as a permanent or semi-permanent facility.

for more information on how to install your modular building on grade contact our team at (800) 441-8577 x 1


Friday, October 18, 2013

Modular building door hardware, five easy tips

Choosing the right type of security door hardware has become increasingly confusing with all the options available. We know that the objective of security is the main function of door hardware, the goal is how secure and what type of facility use do you have to help you through this maze.
1. "OFF-THE-SHELF" hardware available at any home improvement store. You can key & master key those with deadbolts or just keyways. This is great for general offices or administration facilities without classified information. Ensure the door hardware you select is ADA accessible.
2. "BRAND-SPECIFIC" hardware with construction cores: If you have a larger footprint or multiple campuses, like a school district you need secured access for many employees, but you need to control who can gain access into certain areas. Brand specific hardware is great because you have total control over the keyways and who gets in or out of general and secured areas.
3."SECURED ACCESS" type hardware is controlled with magnetic strips, or buzzers, or cyper-locksets. This is an area where security is controlled and there is a record of who enters and exits and what areas they were in. Great for labs, or behavioral health centers, or banking functions.
4. "SECURED ENTRY" double entry ways through secured vestibule. Typically in areas such as judicial centers, police stations, military, technology. Employees must walk in a secured main entry door, and then through a security inspection station. This helps prevent theft or sale of highly sensitive materials and subject matter.
5. "BIO-SENSITIVE" This type of system is one of the highest available. The intended occupant has to submit to bio testing patterns to enter or leave a facility. This is common in research facilities, military, bio-medical, pharmacy anywhere you would need to control ONLY authorized personnel on a very restrictive basis. This type is typically tied into the overall security system and not just related to door hardware functions.
The key to choosing the right hardware for your doors is to talk through your security requirements and decide what level is the safest and best value for your intended use. Our expert design team at Modular Solutions, Ltd have knowledge in all types of security for temporary and permanent modular buildings. Please call for a consultation (800) 441-8577 x 1
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

9 tips to winterize your commercial modular building

If you are starting to feel that winter chill in the air it is a good idea to inspect your commercial modular building and make sure it is ready for the new season. By trying these simple cost-effective tips you can maintain lower utility bills, extend the lifecycle of your building, and they may help you avoid costly repairs later.
Modular Solutions, Ltd has a winterization program for commercial modular buildings. If you do not have the staff and need a full inspection and maintenance program in place our team will be glad to visit your site & help you with obtaining those maintenance & operations goals on your modular or traditional built structures.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Can I have a concrete floor in my modular building?

Choosing a permanent structure that is built off site is still considered modular factory built construction. There are many ways to accomplish concrete floors and get a prefabricated building. Four of the most common are below:
1. 4" lightweight concrete poured in plant, finishes are completed in the plant, and saves time on site
2. Slab on grade...floorless modular. Utilizes steel beams and no floor is included. this lags to the concrete slab on site requires very meticulous planning on plumbing & electrical stub connections.
3. MPANELS, panelized construction, wall & roof sections built in plant with stubs. Attached to slab on site
4. Prefabricated steel buildings, comes in a "kit" and is put together on site
The key to finding the right modular solutions for your site is to have a vendor that has designed, and built all types of concrete floor structures. Modular Solutions, Ltd has been providing quality modular and prefabricated buildings since 1996.

For more details on permanent buildings constructed off site, call our preconstruction team (800) 441-8577 or
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Can we use a prefabricated building for assembly use?

Prefabricated buildings have been used for assembly use for many years. There are lots of options to choose from when looking at how to get the best value for your investment. Modular buildings will typically have ceiling height restrictions but are cost effective, MPANELS buildings have no restrictions and include a concrete floor, but require a little more assembly on site, and steel buildings require more insulation and mechanical equipment.

In the end you want to select a building that meets your needs and that offers a long life cycle, energy efficiency, and a little curb appeal to keep the members happy.

choosing a prefabricated company that can offer a turnkey or design-build approach is often the most efficient way to meet your goals because they can offer variable options as you work through budget and structural options.

Modular Solutions, Ltd offers the triad of solutions - Architectural, general contractor, and fabrication/installation of buildings in one company. We eliminate the confusion of trying to communicate with three separate firms.

for more information contact our design-build team for a free consultation (800) 441-8577 or
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Monday, October 14, 2013

How much does a used modular building cost?

How much does a used modular building cost? The value will vary, depending on what type of lease or financial arrangement the prior client had. In general you should look at the overall condition and base your offer on that. Most used modular buildings are $10 - $50PSF. The main question you want to ask when looking for a used modular building is does it have proper certification to be used in my location. Most state agencies require tags and approvals of a modular building. If a building has lost that documentation, or never went through the process a local jurisdiction can decline approval for use.

If you have purchased a modular building that can not be used or has lost the documentation, call Modular Solutions, Ltd. We are able to survey the buildings and get them "re-certified" for use and provide current plans and foundation details. For more information or a current inventory of our used modular buildings


Friday, October 11, 2013

Which is better, gas heat or electric for my modular building?

Which mechanical system is a better choice gas heat or electric? This is a matter of location, and utility bill history. In rural areas where gas (LP or natural) is readily available the cost to operate and the availability is usually less with gas heat. Frequently large electric utility upgrades have to occur to include electric heat strip or heat pump units due to the power draw. If you are in a city with abundant power supplies, electric heat is a safe bet. Because there are so many types of mechanical systems available you want to make an educated decision on what is the best mechanical system as well as gas or electric heating.

Let our design experts at Modular Solutions, Ltd help you make that important decision by reviewing the many options available. Initial consultations are free, we look forward to helping you design the perfect modular building. See more information on our website at , Call to schedule an appointment (800)441-8577x 8202 or send us your questions to

Thursday, October 10, 2013

What is the best roof covering for my modular building?

Change of seasons always have clients thinking about roof covering. When you are making an investment into the lifecycle of your new modular building, you want to make an educated choice on all structural components. One of the most highly asked questions we hear is "what type of roof covering should I get?" An industry typical response is "we sell shingles or epdm"......we hope you understand that answer is not always the best solution. Take time to explore the options and understand you do have choices, and each building will have a unique solution.
Our team has samples, cut sheets, references, testimonials from various types of roof coverings, and will help you guide through those decisions based on your location, type of use, wind and snow loads and return on investment with life cycle costing. One of the most expensive investments you will make is the roofing system and you want to make sure you have been informed and made a good decision. Our design team provides free consultations and estimates. Contact us at (800) 441-8577 x 8202 or or visit our web site

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

What type of building can be modular

Modular buildings and prefabricated buildings have been constructed for almost every use, in every industry. Consider a modular building for retail use such as a car lot or sales office. Utilize prefabricated buildings for a gymnasium or multi-purpose facility. Try a modular building for more secure applications like a bank or a military SCIF facility. Hospitals and clinics chose modular construction after the destruction of natural disasters. Religious facilities have been using modular buildings for many years due to the flexible design features. Industrial companies use our modular construction methods for power enclosures, guard shacks, storage, and telcom shelters.
Modular Solutions, Ltd has provided modular and prefabricated buildings for many uses and no building is too unique or difficult to create a modular solution. Contact our team at (800) 441-8577x8202 or email us at or visit our website Thank you for stopping by to learn more about modular buildings, and modular construction

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

How long should it take to build my modular campus?

A school campus built by traditional means usually takes 18-24 months to get built. This traditional modular campus of 20,000 square ft took 90 days to design, permit, and install.
Schools that are built for permanent use with concrete floors take a little more design time. This school was 30 days in design review & 75 days to construct and install for 15,000 square ft. If you have a supportive local jurisdiction the plan review process is quicker and the fabrication and installation time frames depend on if you selected any highly customized long lead design items. If you stay with local manufacturers and select from their readily available products the construction time frames can stay lean. To get started with your plans, call our professional team at (800) 441-8577 consultations and conceptual plans are free. Visit our website at or send us any questions to

Monday, October 7, 2013

Can I put a modular building on my property?

If you want to place a modular building on a property, the first place to stop is your local zoning office. They are a great resource and will set up pre construction meetings to review the project. Be prepared and bring a site map, google earth picture, and as much information as you can about your goals to make sure your budget goals will be on target by meeting the site requirements. Three biggest concerns: 1. Set backs from property lines & adjacent structures 2. Are you zoned for the proper use of the new building 3. How will this impact the community and environment When you need expert advise we are only a phone call away (800) 441-8577 or or we look forward to hearing your questions and helping you with modular solutions!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

A Building that is 100% recyclable....can it be?

Go green by choosing prefabricated construction. By choosing a prefabricated building that is constructed to be relocated, you are able to re-use the entire structure and 100% of its' components. This is truly the best solution to buildings and materials ending up in a landfill!
If you are looking for a program that is reducing carbon footprint, Modular Solutions, Ltd has a recycle program where modular buildings which have served their life cycle use for a current client are repurposed. Our team takes a prefabricated building in and re-builds the modular building to meet current codes and update the appearance. These buildings are kept out of the landfill, and are put back into usefulness and serving a purpose. Modular Solutions, Ltd is on the forefront of providing innovative and dynamic solutions to help our clients reduce their carbon footprint. For more information check out the website: or call one of our professional representatives at (800) 441-8577 or give us a quick email to Looking forward to sharing more on prefabricated buildings, if you don't see it here.....ask us- Modular Solutions, Ltd are the industry experts!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Do steel piers really make a good foundation for modular buildings?

Do steel piers really make a good foundation for modular buildings? Depending on the use of the building typically steel piers make an excellent foundation. You can use precast concrete pads under the pier that are 4" thick x 16" x 16", this really enhances the durability of the foundation. By being able to "re-adjust" your modular building in the future as soils expand and contract the piers are easily adjusted with the soil conditions. In most cases you are required by the local jurisdiction to get a PE stamp or engineering design stamp on the foundation plans you choose. Make sure you hire a local engineering team with experience to make sure your foundation system will not fail. Other types of foundations include concrete or block stem walls with matching piers & footings, precast wall systems, or insulated wall systems. For more details on the best foundation system for your modular building contact the professionals at Modular Solutions, Ltd - or (800) 441-8577 or email your questions to