Modular Advantage Magazine
In each bi-monthly issue, Modular Advantage Magazine explores a specific modular construction topic and features interviews and articles along with industry news, updates from the Modular Building Institute and its members, modular case studies, and upcoming industry events.
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In this article, we look at four North American cities that are taking the initiative, overcoming obstacles, and driving forward with modular so it can significantly relieve local housing crises.
Daniel Arevalo, Director of Engineering and Legislative Affairs at Mobile Modular, talks about the relocatable buildings sector and the importance of industry advocacy.
A look inside the making of The Farm, the brand-new modular housing community in Buena Vista, Colorado.
Volumetric modular design and construction can save time and money and create affordable, healthy housing. However, there are many ways this delivery method can go awry.
When Value Exceeds Price About the Author: Ewelina Woźniak- Szpakiewicz is the CEO at DMD Modular Ltd. Currently serving also a role of the Vice-Chairman of the MBI’s European Council. With a PhD in Technical Sciences, she is part of the Faculty of Architecture at Cracow University of Technology (Poland). Her main focus is attaining…
Modular Multi-Family Case Study: The Graphic About the Author: Kendra Halliwell, AIA, LEED-H AP is an Associate Principal, Practice + Design Team Leader, at ICON Architecture, Inc., a women-owned, Boston-based firm with award-winning work focused on innovative, sustainable mixed-use projects. Recently Project Manager for The Graphic, the largest modular construction project in the City of…
Anthony Gude emphasizes the familiar advice to bring all the key players on a project together early in the design process. “Everyone says this — because it’s true!” Gude says. “Nobody has all the necessary information at the start, especially on innovative or large-scale projects. A conference call with 20 or 30 people giving input at the pre-design stage is not uncommon.
Without enough skilled labor, homes are more expensive to build and they can’t get built quickly enough — ultimately pushing up rental costs. There is good news, though. Two cities — Chicago and Salt Lake City — are removing obstacles so modular construction can do more to help address their housing shortages.
Small one-off projects take advantage of many of the same benefits as a large scale project but with the added benefit of customization for each client or situation, similar to traditional stick frame construction.
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