Off-site Construction: a Smart Solution During COVID.
Like virtually every other business in the country, the coronavirus pandemic has caused major ripples in the construction industry.
The building trades are facing a range of challenges – from breaks in the supply chain to physical distancing rules, both in manufacturing facilities and onsite. Commercial and residential developers are trying to find ways to deliver their service with the same high-quality standards their customers have come to expect while following pandemic guidelines.
Our off-site building model is ahead of the curve, though. We’ve had a vertically-integrated, state-of-the-art facility that offers everything from structural design services to onsite installation for over a decade.
If you’re looking to get your apartment or residential development back on track, you might want to take a closer look at our services…
The off-site edge.
Right now, getting all the right stakeholders in the same room at the right time is next to impossible, making the planning stages of an apartment or housing development cumbersome and more prone to misunderstandings. The kind that can lead to delays in permitting, snags in scheduling, and challenges with delivery and onsite management…and cost overruns.
The housing market was already struggling with a labor shortage – travel restrictions have magnified that shortage. With no sign that restrictions will be lifted this year – perhaps even into 2021 – access to labor for onsite work is a door that’s likely to stay closed for the foreseeable future.
There was a general lack of consumer confidence before the disruption. And affordable housing was at a premium – home-buyers who may have sought those options before the pandemic are facing even greater barriers now.
Off-site building solutions remove those barriers…
- Our entire team is already “under one roof”.
From 3D-design to the shop floor, to the delivery and installation, we’re working together as a unit. And we’re available for feedback and questions, no matter where you are in the development process. We even offer site management services…and since we’ve been involved in the project from the very beginning, we understand the dynamics of each development.
- Our prefabricated designs reduce the need for skilled trades onsite.
The precision you need in the design and assembly of trusses and wall panels is handled in our climate-controlled shop by our skilled team using modern laser technology, which not only results in tighter joints, but less waste. The entire home arrives on-site, ready to assemble – by your team or ours – in a fraction of the time with a fraction of the labor. With physical-distancing practices being enforced on building sites, this is a considerable benefit.
- Our manufacturing and delivery service reduces cycle time, saving you and your customers time and money.
Because we can control every aspect of the process, from design to delivery and assembly, our schedules – and budgets – are seamless. And, since you’re not dealing with subcontractors, there are no hidden costs to absorb.
Bringing blueprints to life.
One of the greatest assets we bring to our customers is value engineering. The industry has been trending towards computer-based modeling for the past few years…but it’s where we started in the first place.
We’re able to fully coordinate all design components with BIM modeling…an even greater asset during a time when face-to-face meetings over blueprints are next to impossible.
Building codes vary from region to region – particularly when addressing wind shear and uplift traveling north to south in states like Florida. Real estate developers appreciate the ability to make minor changes to a housing development virtually. Starting with a developer’s ‘standard’ house or apartment template, our structural engineers can alter the design accordingly, anticipate conflicts, and resolve them before a single piece of plywood has met a saw in the shop.
We’re also constantly looking for cost savings for our builders – efficiencies in dimension lumber, fasteners, sheathing panels. It’s our goal to provide you with a high-quality product on time and on budget. If we can save you money, we will, especially during these tough times.
During challenging economic times, the housing industry is often the hardest hit. We should know: it was during the downturn in 2008 that we decided to reinvent our services and pivoted to off-site construction.
If you’d like to learn more about the ways we can dovetail our services with your existing development projects, or join you on the ground floor, contact us.