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Modular Facilities Help Energy Producers Move Quickly, Even in Remote Locations

California recently passed a law that requires the state to “generate half of its electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind by 2030,” according to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times.

The landmark legislation is intended to further reduce air pollution across the state, but especially in Los Angeles and Riverside counties where air quality has been at unhealthy levels for decades.

The Golden State is a long-time leader in renewable energy. But 50% in 15 years is a monumental challenge. As energy producers and their suppliers rush to develop new facilities to meet the new requirements, ModSpace is ready to help with a range of temporary and permanent modular building solutions that can be ready quickly, even in the most remote locations.

Watch the video below to learn how ModSpace helps energy companies move quickly in California and throughout North America.

Top Trends Shaping the Future of Construction Firms

Top Trends Shaping the Future of Construction FirmsThe construction industry is changing faster than ever. Customer expectations and competition are driving firms to evolve quickly or fail. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Several emerging trends are changing construction firms for the better. Others, however, are keeping the industry from meeting rising demands. Construction Dive recently published the article 10 Trends Defining the Construction Industry. We thought you might find her list interesting. Here’s a brief look at some of her top picks, along with a few of our own.

Labor Shortage

It’s the one trend everyone is talking about. Construction needs more workers to keep up with demand. Contractors had 143,000 unfilled jobs in June of this year, according to the Read more

2015 Top 50 Tech Firms for Construction

2015 Top 50 Tech Firms for ConstructionFor an industry that was slow to jump on the tech train, construction has come a long way in a short time. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the new standard for design while large-scale projects are being managed from smartphones and tablets loaded with construction-specific apps. Meanwhile, new construction technologies and materials are advancing construction efficiencies, quality and sustainability.

Constructech recently announced its 2015 top 50 tech firms for construction. Here’s a peak at the list leaders:

  1. Aconex – Cloud-based project management tool and app
  2. Asite – Cloud-based solutions for BIM, big data, productivity, collaboration, etc.
  3. Assemble Systems – Cloud-based access to BIM data and AEC workflows
  4. Autodesk – Creators of Revit, the standard for BIM software
  5. Avid Ratings Co. – Online surveys, organizational strategies and employee training
  6. B2W Software Inc. – Construction project management software
  7. Bentley Systems – Infrastructure-focused software solutions
  8. BuilderTREND Solutions – Construction management software for home builders
  9. BuildTools Inc. – Construction management software for home builders.
  10. CG Visions – Construction technology consultants

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Taco Bell Rocks Pop Up From Portable Storage Units at SXSW

Reusing portable storage units is not a new idea. In the last decade we’ve seen them used for trendy urban apartments, coffee shops, even a museum. But Taco Bell is on the verge of taking the concept mainstream. The company unveiled a restaurant built from portable storage units this week in Austin, Texas, home of the growing South by Southwest music festival.

The restaurant, which has half the footprint of a traditional Taco Bell, was built in three days and can be easily taken down and relocated. This flexibility and speed could be the key to meeting the restaurant chain’s plans of adding 2,000 new locations over the next 7 years. One Taco Bell representative said in a press release that they are likely to “explore dropping this type of asset in different locations, which will ultimately give us the ability to show up in unexpected places for our consumers.”

Of course we are big fans of modular construction and the strategic reuse of buildings. We just hope one pops up near us.

China-based Builder Completes 57-Story Tower in 19 Days

We’ve told you before that modular construction is faster than conventional building. Well, Broad Sustainable Building has shown the amazing speed of modular once again. The China-based builder has delivered several large-scale modular projects at unbelievable speeds. Their most recent project, a 57-story high-rise, was completed in just 19 days. Don’t believe us? Watch the time-lapse video below and see for yourself.

Creative Architects Turn Portable Storage Units Into Sustainable Structures

Portable storage containers are commonly used by construction firms and retail stores to keep materials, equipment and inventory safe from the elements and theft. But around the world, architects, community planners and entrepreneurs are finding new, inventive ways to use portable storage units to create visually stunning places for people to work, eat and live.

Here are some great examples of how storage containers have been reinvented around the world.

Container Cities

Portable storage container city

Photo: CMGLee

Portable storage container city interior

Photo: CMGLee








In 2001, Container City I was built in London’s Trinity Buoy Wharf by Urban Space Management. The project transformed 40’ storage containers into affordable housing and office space in just four days.

The following year, the firm expanded the development with the creatively named Container City II, adding more offices and several colorful bridges that connect it to Container City I.

Ice Cream Parlor in a Can

In San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, Smitten Ice Cream put a new spin on the traditional ice cream parlor using a 40’ storage container. Builders sliced the container in half and Read more

5 Big Benefits of In-factory Construction

In-factory modular constructionMost people know that in-factory construction is faster than traditional, site-built construction. But there are several more advantages to in-factory building. Here are a few that may impact your decision on where to build.

1. Precision Assembly

The repeatable nature of in-factory construction allows builders to continuously improve equipment and processes that cannot be reproduced onsite. Cuts and connections are practiced and confirmed accurate.

As the building proceeds through the assembly line, frequent checks confirm strict adherence to specifications. Components that fail to meet specifications are corrected Read more

Prefabricated Construction: A Closer Look at 6 Prefab Building Methods

In-factory modular constructionThe term prefabricated construction leads many to think about complete structures built in a factory which are then transported to the site and set on a foundation. While this building method is becoming increasingly popular, there are other ways builders are using factory precision and efficiencies to create quality structures.

In the book Prefab Prototypes: Site-Specific Design for Offsite Construction, Mark and Peter Anderson detail six different types of prefabricated systems. We thought it would be interesting to take a closer look at each.

1. Panelized Wood Framing

Typically used in roofing, these frames are built from long pieces of laminated timber, covered by a plywood or other board roof deck. The frames can be up to 72 Read more

Could the Tech Industry Save Office Construction?

Amazon Rufus 2.0 office contructionAcross the country, office construction has seen a recent boom, thanks to technology companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook. These multi-billion dollar firms are expanding rapidly, and looking for more space for offices and data storage.

A recent article, titled Demand from Tech Sector Helps to Reboot Office Market, from Engineering News Record (ENR.com), took an in-depth look into the recent “reboot” of office construction, highlighting cities like Seattle, San Francisco, and even Read more

Top 50 Tech Firms for Construction

Top tech firms for constructionThe secret’s out; construction is going high-tech. From mobile apps that empower project managers to cloud-based collaboration tools to the widely used BIM, there’s no shortage of new technology for architects, engineers and construction professionals.

This increasing adoption of new technologies has spurned a bevy of both new and tenured tech firms to develop the next generation of intelligent tools for construction. Yesterday, the editors at Constructech.com released their list of the top 50 most influential construction technology providers. It’s a powerful statement about where construction is headed. Here’s a peek at the top 10.

  1. AboutTime Technologies, Payson, UT – Product: Mobile resource management
  2. Aconex, San Bruno, CA – Product: Online project collaboration Read more