Why should your company look into prefabrication and panelization? A recent Dodge Data & Analytics survey of contractors, engineers and architects learned that these professionals say overwhelmingly that off-site construction works.
Among the respondents to the Dodge survey, 90% said that prefabricating single-trade assemblies, and other off-site techniques, improved construction productivity, quality and scheduling versus traditional methods.
At least 80% of the respondents saw higher cost predictability, greater client satisfaction and less waste on jobs featuring prefab and modular construction when compared to traditional stick-building methods.
With that much good coming from off-site construction, can we expect more of it to occur? Yes. The Dodge survey found that modular construction, prefabrication and panelization activities will increase over the next three years.
And, wall and ceiling contractors are hip to the trend. Several AWCI member contractors are adding prefab facilities, purchasing additional fabrication equipment and planning rigorously for prefab activities when they bid on jobs.
Is that because prefab is the thing to do? Is it due to COVID-19’s new distancing requirements on job sites? Not really. It’s about following the money