During the concept project phase, prior to having the architects and engineers spend countless hours
laboring over the finest details when
preparing calculations, drawing packages
and specifications, a path for the project
needs to be thought through.
The modularization approach should
be part of this analysis allowing the
team leaders to incorporate innovative
design and fabrication where appropriate.
Often, during the early stages, schedules
and costs are defined, shortened, and
lowered, depending on the project drivers.
As specialists, we willingly accept the
challenge and draw from our experience
to help our clients be first to market or
provide lower cost solutions.
Modularization applies and is required in
certain markets due to various reasons
such as geographical location, skilled labor,
and schedule. The cost is always a decision
factor when modularization is discussed.
Cost benchmarking data is factored for the
specific project applications to help with
the decision making for the project path.
But how good is this data and how
reliable are the questions we frequently
encountered when putting together
modular construction estimates. At
these early stages it is important to have
a large, reliable in-house database for
estimating, as well as knowing the leaders
in the industry that assemble modules for
various applications such as cleanrooms,
mechanical, and process equipment.
Once you decided that you want to
modularize elements of your new
facility, how should you go about it?
What changes do you make to your
engineering, procurement, construction,
and compliance processes to maximize
the benefits of modularization?
Work with the design and preconstruction
teams to integrate the modular approach
into the project design and execution.
Integrating the procurement and
construction teams early in the design
phase will ensure that the cost benefits,
site logistics and schedule are maximized.
Sometimes there are site constraints and
logistics that may have to be reevaluated
as the project progresses with the
Meet and discuss options with your
modular vendors as part of the early
planning to understand all of the benefits
that their product may offer, and speak
with your compliance team to see
where skidded equipment may reduce
commissioning time and costs in the
field. The inclusion of all team members
having a stake in the project throughout
the process will ensure the project is on
target with maximizing benefits.
Throughout the process, the cost
benchmarking data is validated and
updated. This allows for continuous
improvement of the collected data to
be recorded for the specific project
including the latest information provided
by vendors. n
Does Modular Construction Apply to
My Project and How Do I Know the Cost?
◗ By Dan Leorda, PE
Project Executive, IPS - Integrated Project Services, LLC