How did Modular get so popular?

People don’t always know modular construction when they see it, and that’s thanks to decades of progress and development. Modular buildings can pop up (literally) almost anywhere, and can range from a simple construction trailer to a large, multiple-building development.


Mention modular to an old-timer, and they’ll probably think of Quonset huts and temporary classrooms on college campuses. That’s ancient history.

Modular construction really took off after the Second World War. Returning troops and the population explosion that followed (hello, “Boomers!”) resulted in a huge, international demand for new and replacement structures in rapidly-expanding environments such education, healthcare, and housing. Modular structures quickly filled the need.

Originally envisioned as a short-term solution while traditional construction could catch up, it soon became apparent that modular structures were being called upon to last far longer—and do a lot more—than anyone could have imagined.

Engineers and architects quickly adapted meet the challenge, developing new, high-strength materials and highly efficient processes. Factory-scale component fabrication that takes advantage of standardized processes and materials became standard, allowing for rapid installation, high initial quality and lower labor costs than on-site construction.



Because finished modules are much larger and more complex than raw construction materials, the logistics of handling and erecting them at the selected location is thoroughly planned in advance. Then site preparation is begun. Unlike in a traditional build, the actual structures can be fabricated simultaneously with this step—a real time-saver.

Once the groundwork has been completed, the finished modular structures are transported to the site and assembled. Because wiring, plumbing, and other components have often already been installed at the factory, the time to complete that step during construction is greatly reduced, and the project can be finished very rapidly.

As the deployment of modular structures has grown, so has demand for an attractive finished product. Modern computer-aided design is the key, enabling a strong focus on aesthetics, style and quality. Today, once a modular installation has been completed it can be very hard to tell that it wasn’t “stick-built” on site.

When temporary facilities or permanent structures are rapidly needed to meet population demands, modular structures are a great solution.

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