sizes begin with width of module; this can range
from 8' to 16' in 2 foot increments. The usual,
and generally the most economical, is 12' or 14'.
The advent of new laws allowing over-highway shipment
of 16' wide modules may produce some economies
in adding square footage without adding
but has higher cost of transport and some added
Length will vary from
as short as 24' to as long as 72'.
For a plan requiring more than 72' in module length,
multiple modules can generally accommodate the
requirement. Height is usually dictated by desired
ceiling height, which normally is 96" with
some ceilings reaching 120'', and DOT height
restrictions for transport over the roads.
units are manufactured from the same basic building
materials as are used in conventional construction
- lumber, steel, doors, windows, roofing, siding,
drywall, carpet, and flooring, etc. - even some
concrete. As a custom manufacturer we often
modify our specifications to accommodate the
customers desired finishes.
Custom design and standardized
components: We offer to consult with
potential buyers of modular commercial and residential
buildings, to determine as quickly as possible:
a) feasibility of modular construction to meet
the proposed use; b) economic savings, if any,
including time; c) possible choices of appearance
for finished product. If the project appears to
be feasible, we can prepare preliminary
drawings and specifications for consideration
under certain circumstances, or to quote a fixed
price for a specific plan. Where public sealed
bids are involved, we are happy to provide "budget
estimates" for the agency involved, if we
are capable of bidding the project ourselves.
As is true with most design work, function leads
to shape. Classrooms, offices, clinics, labs,
and other similar functions will have similar
shapes. The textures, materials, etc., will be
governed by the desire of the owner as to appearance
We are happy to incorporate many special
materials into our modules; our plant is capable
of handling almost any available material.
Special sidings, finishes, fire-retardant wood
(both interior and exterior), and other special
items are no problem. We also offer
set/trim/finish work on site that other modular
manufacturers do not offer.
For buildings up to about 1,000 square
feet, there are relatively few choices needed
in design. Usually only two sections are needed,
of about 12' x 40' (floor size dimensions). However,
from 1,000 square feet and larger, design considerations
must include complexity of floor plan, and how
section joints will be affected, distribution
of conditioned air, exterior appearance, site
space, and many other details. Generally speaking,
the larger the modules, up to about 14' x 60',
the less the cost per square foot of finished
building. However, this is not always true if
the sections become complicated in electrical,
plumbing, and mechanical details. Sometimes it's
cheaper to make the modules smaller individually
and simplify the manufacturing process. Usually,
prospective buyers come to us with a fairly good
idea of the amount of space they need and a general
cost budget. From this, feasibility can usually
be determined quickly. The larger the building,
the lower the cost per square foot, almost invariably,
within a given budget area. This is due to costs,
and overhead being pro-rated over a larger area.
Are your buildings insulated
well? Any amount of insulation can usually
be incorporated into our designs, including added
air space in wall cavities, fixed glass openings,
low E insulated glass, additional insulation.
Our "standard" details offer a lower
"U-factor" or "R-factor" than
most conventional construction.
What kind of air conditioning
and heating systems do you use? Most
commercial plans use wall-mounted package units
- they take up less space, function very well
with absolutely minimum service and maintenance.
We also use split-systems, with remote compressors,
heat pumps, roof-mount packages, and others -
whatever suits the application.
What sort of doors and
hardware do you offer? We favor
insulated fiberglass doors for exterior uses, or
sometimes glass doors, if appearance is
particularly important - although we prefer to
recess these to cut down on heat loss/gain.
However, wood doors, plain or fancy, or aluminum
units can be used. Generally we think fiberglass
is a better buy over steel, though it cost more
it resists denting and corrosion which is
prevalent in steel doors. All hardware
whether residential or commercial is well suited
to the application and there are many options.
Can the floors be built
without any "bounce"? Always.
We never cut corners in this area and foundations,
if designed by us, are always over-designed to
provide long-life sturdiness.
Builder/Dealer inquiries welcomed.