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The Many Faces of Modular Construction

Modular construction–offsite manufacturing of building units– is on the rise. It can provide affordable housing, but it can be applied to many other purposes as well. Here are my picks from recent modular construction news.

Autovol: An Automated Volumetric Modular Factory Taking Shape

Prefab Logic, in conjunction with Autovol™ ownership, is leading the development of a first-of-its-kind factory for volumetric modular construction that combines human and robotic functions. Autovol will produce large-scale multiunit housing and hotel complexes; complete with all wiring, plumbing, and final fixtures before they ship from factory to building site.

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Hospital Room for Sale on Amazon

You can now buy a “hospital room in a box” on Amazon. The Med Modular patient room is a blend of modular and prefabrication technology. The Philadelphia-based EIR Healthcare claims that the price tag is 20% below the traditional construction cost for a hospital room.

Source: A Philadelphia Business Journal article by John George on bizjournals.com.

Modular Data Center Market is Driven by Edge Computing

A market report by Global Market Insights predicts that the modular data center market is set to grow from US$13 billion in 2018 to US$50 billion by 2025 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23%. The report claims that the growth is fuelled by edge computing, which brings processing power from the center of the network to the edge, closer to where the data is consumed.

Source: channellife.co.nz

Urban Splash is Building More Than 400 modular Homes in Cambridgeshire, UK

The developer will build the homes in the center of the new town of Northstowe.

Urban Splash previously announced it had agreed on a multimillion-pound deal with Japanese house builder Sekisui House and the government to build modular homes across the UK.

Source: insidehousing.co.uk

A modular classroom for environmental education in a Barcelona park

Flexible, transportable and cost-efficient modular classrooms created by local design studio Baena Casamor Arquitectes BCQ offer a sustainable new way to activate Barcelona’s public parks.

Source: inhabitat.com

Modular Does not Mean Unimaginative

Yellow House from architect Alejandro Soffia is a treehouse-inspired prefab home that proposes a comfortable and economic housing model for the future, with minimal impact on nature. It’s located in the beautiful forest setting of Pucón, Chile,

Source: newatlas.com

Global Modular Construction Market to Reach USD 175.15 Billion By 2025

Zion Market Research has published a new report titled Modular Construction Market by Type (Permanent and Re-locatable), by Material (Steel, Wood, Construction, Precast Concrete, and Plastics), and by Application (Industrial, Education, Housing, Commercial, and Healthcare): Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, and Forecast, 2018–2025.

Source: globenewswire.com

About the author

Aarni Heiskanen

Aarni Heiskanen, Construction Innovation Agent, is hailed as a Top 100 influencer in construction. Aarni has been a pioneer in computer-aided design, he has co-founded a business software company, and worked as a certified management consultant. At present, he runs AE Partners, a construction industry communication firm. Aarni holds a master's degree in architecture.

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