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Survey Confirms Modular Construction to Expand in 2014

ModularOfficeBuildingA recent FMI survey revealed some compelling trends in prefabricated and modular construction in the near future. The survey targeted a blend of mechanical, electrical, and general construction contractors, as well as construction management firms. Here are some of the noteworthy findings:

  • Respondents believe that prefabrication services will grow by more than 5% per year for the next three years.
  • More firms are considering in-house prefabrication (17% in 2013 compared to 5% in 2010). At the same time, the number of respondents who have definitive plans to start up their own prefabrication facilities dropped from 57% in 2010 to 33% in 2013.
  • 40% of all respondents have prefabricated construction as a part of their companies’ strategic initiatives.

While the survey as a whole appears to convey mixed messages (specifically point 2 above), it is obvious that industry participants believe that prefabrication and modularization services will play important roles within construction projects in the future.

The question remains as to the number of respondents that will take on those responsibilities themselves or look to subcontractors for in-factory construction. As with all expansion plans, ROI will determine whether or not in-house modular divisions will be cost effective.

With nearly a half century of experience in modular, we’re happy to see more firms are seeing the benefits of in-factory building and look forward to what 2014 reveals.

The Latest Tech Innovations in Construction

Carbon Dioxide RockConstruction is going high tech. The latest innovations focus on greener materials, worker safety, and heavy equipment automation. As you prepare for your next project, here are some new products that may interest you.

CO2 Bricks

Carbon Dioxide, or CO2, is a naturally occurring gas that can be harmful or fatal in large quantities. Australia’s University of Newcastle, chemical company Orica, and carbon innovations company GreenMag Group spent six years Read more

Chasing Jobs: Current and Future U.S. Construction Hot Spots

ModSpace HQ mobile office at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, New YorkThe national outlook for the construction industry remains positive, though some regions are outpacing others on the road to recovery. As new projects get started across the country, here’s a look at where the U.S.’s current and future construction hot spots lie. 

The Big Apple Gets Bigger

New York City leads the way, according to a recent report from The City (and its NY and NJ suburbs) remains strong in residential and non-residential development. Two massive Read more

March Caps 10 Months of Construction Employment Gains. What’s next?

Construction employment improves and modular is thereConstruction added 18,000 jobs last month, driving industry unemployment down to 14.7 percent according to the recently released Jobs Report. It was the 10th consecutive month of increases in construction jobs, and a three-year national high.

Analysts for the Associated General Contractors of America maintain a tempered optimism however, as strong growth in the residential and non-residential sectors is contrasted by flat or falling trends in public works construction. Officials noted that, for policy makers to benefit, they must focus on improving infrastructure for the entire construction industry.

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Non-residential Renovation Starts to Rise in 2013

toolsAn infographic in the February 2013 edition of the Architectural Record suggests that renovation projects in the non-residential sector will jump 8 percent to $42 billion this year.

The report, which is based on data from McGraw-Hill, further suggests that New York City led the nation in 2012 with $6.12 billion in renovation starts. Perhaps the surge of new work already underway in NYC is the reason why the same report also named the Northeast as the only region that will not experience an increase in renovation starts this year.

Other top cities for renovation starts in 2012 were Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Boston. That focus is expected to shift in 2013, with the Southeast leading the way for new renovation projects.

See the full infographic from the Architectural Record

AGC Survey Predicts Bright Future for Construction Industry

AGC survey suggests 2013 will be good for constructionThirty-one percent of construction firms plan to hire new employees in the next 12 months. This encouraging news came out of a recent survey of 1,300 construction firms by The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) regarding their 2013 plans.

Respondents believe most of the growth will be in the private sector, with significant jumps in construction projects for healthcare and education. Thirty-six percent of respondents believe that there was money to be made in 2013, while 39 percent of firms expect the market to remain at the same level as 2012. At the same time, 18 percent of contractors expect fewer Read more