Modular construction offers a number of advantages over conventional "stick-built" construction. The bulk of the fabrication and assembly are performed at our facilities, which allows us to ensure all work is performed according to our high standards under controlled working conditions. By reducing fieldwork, we also minimize the project's impact on the customer site, a significant advantage when the installation site is an operating plant. Modular construction also minimizes lay-down space, an important benefit when the field site is small or congested, and reduces delays due to adverse weather. In-air work is minimized and foundation requirements are often simplified.
Modular construction also results in fewer fitting errors and re-work because we can pre-fit components prior to shipment. Requirements for highly skilled labor onsite are minimal, an advantage in areas where skilled labor is either costly or unavailable. Procurement is often simplified, especially when the installation site is located in an area where raw materials and equipment are expensive or difficult to obtain. In addition, modular construction can shorten schedules by allowing for concurrent processes, such as fabrication, permitting and logistical arrangements.
Selecting the right option
At the outset of every project, we evaluate our customer's needs, the project's size, the installation site and other factors to identify the most appropriate construction option. Most large projects allow for some modular construction, and a combination of modular and stick-built erection may be called for in many cases.
We provide comprehensive engineering, fabrication, procurement and construction services for modular projects. This integrated approach is possible because we have a global network of engineering, procurement and construction resources, and we are one of the few EPC companies with in-house fabrication facilities. We perform all aspects of the work with our own in-house resources whenever possible.