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.


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
Modular Solutions, Ltd Toll Free (800) 441-8577 x 1

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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.

for more information READ HERE.

Contact our preconstruction team at Modular Solutions, Ltd (800) 441-8577 x 1

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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.

For more information READ HERE.

to reach our preconstruction team at Modular Solutions, Ltd call (800) 441-8577 x 1

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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.

As always our professional preconstruction team is available to answer any questions or help guide you.

Contact Modular Solutions, Ltd by phone: (800) 441-8277 x 1


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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.

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

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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.

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

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.
Modular Solutions, ltd Toll Free: (800) 441-8577 x 8202

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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.
Call your preconstruction specialist at (800) 441-8577 x 1