If you are considering modular
construction for your next building project.....
HERE ARE SOME FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Southern Structures, Inc. is a privately owned
Florida corporation, chartered in 1961. We are
now headquartered at our manufacturing plant in
Ocala, which was opened in 1978. Until 1978, the
company specialized in commercial modular buildings
(schools, churches, banks, offices, etc.). In
1981, we began designs for 1- and 2-story multi-family
units, and we now offer a full range of efficiency,
1- and 2-story plans along with single family
homes and commercial designs.
The company is a licensed contractor in Florida. Our bank and bonding references
WHY DO BUSINESS WITH SOUTHERN STRUCTURES?
Because doing a project with us is so much
easier and problem-free, and probably less
costly overall. We are a reputable, established
contracting and manufacturing firm with a great
desire to grow and, therefore, offer many
services not available from others. You get the
benefit of our 50+ years experience in building
all kinds of commercial and residential modular
buildings and complexes in many states, working
with many different architects and engineers,
and different kinds of owners - we are "old
hands" at modular construction in the commercial
and residential fields. Turning that experience
to your benefit is our job.
WHAT PLANS ARE OFFERED?
We offer our standard one and two-story home
plans as well as custom designed home plans if
something different is desired. Our multifamily
plans come in a wide range of sizes, from a
400sf motel efficiency to 1600sf townhomes. We
can also custom design units for your specific
project. All structures are built in
compliance with Florida State Codes in basic
wood-frame or steel design. A variety of
exterior roof and wall treatments are available
including site-applied stucco finishes.
HOW DO COSTS COMPARE WITH SITE-BUILT
If you include ALL costs, such as construction
loan interest, loss of income until construction
is complete, etc., then modular costs are
usually less for the entire project, of whatever
size. Direct building costs are frequently
about the same, except in high labor costs areas
or low labor availability areas, where our
system usually produces a big savings. Sometimes
it is difficult for potential clients to make
"apples-to-apples" comparisons - but we are glad
to help them make the effort. The true test is, of course, the viability of
the project in your local marketplace.
ARE SSI UNITS AS GOOD AS SITE-BUILT STRUCTURES?
We think they are considerably better, on average.
We can detail the heavier roof/ceiling/floor structures,
the doubled walls between modules, the sound resistance
from one living area to another, as well as others.
The quality control systems within the plant are
intended to insure BETTER workmanship on all aspects
of assembly, trim, and finish. Every task is supervised,
then checked by quality control personnel. A big
difference: in our plant, every unit is
inspected carefully during assembly by an
independent third-party engineering firm, for
compliance with approved plans and code
procedures. Upon completion an insignia,
indicating compliance, is affixed to the
electrical panel for each module. Further, the
quality control procedures include complete
TESTING of plumbing supply and drain systems,
and all electrical circuits. This just doesn't
happen at the job site.
HOW LONG DOES A PROJECT TAKE?
At what point does the clock start ticking? To
simplify the answer: from the time we begin production
of a project, we can produce 5 to 10 units per
week, depending on the plan detail. If we do the
erection work, we can complete 8-12 units in about
2 weeks, again depending on plan detail. Most
projects are complete in less than 90 days after
CAN SSI UNITS BE INSTALLED IN SOUTH FLORIDA?
Yes -- because the Florida Manufactured Building
Act, with which we comply in all respects, sets
up procedures to be followed so that manufactured
buildings, commercial or residential occupancies,
are required to comply with the STANDARD BUILDING
CODE OF THE STATE, and the law REQUIRES that buildings
which are built under the law's procedures, be
permitted in ANY area of Florida. Similar laws
prevail in other states. Local codes or variations
of FBC are not recognized under state law. Local
building department activities are governed by
this state law. We sometimes have to make some
special efforts to acquaint local officials with
the law, its effects, and our company operations,
but this is done as a public relations effort
on a continuing basis. We have had nothing but
good relations with local building officials where
we have operated. Also, as South Florida (Miami/Dade
and Broward Counties) have high velocity hurricane requirements,
we offer options to meet them.
CAN THESE UNITS BE INSTALLED IN FLOOD
Yes, usually on pilings, or some form of elevated
HOW DO YOU BECOME BETTER ACQUAINTED WITH
SOUTHERN STRUCTURES' BUILDINGS?
Call our sales department to discuss your
project. We will be happy to give you pricing,
discuss our specifications and options
available, timeline, etc. If what we offer meets
your desires in specifications and project costs
we can arrange a plant visit if desired.