Construction Today - September/October 2017 - 45
* Headquarters: Calgary
* Specia y: Modular construction
"We provide unconventional
solutions to conventional
- Darren Barnes, business development team
Modular Space through Innovation
With over 30 years of experience, the Done
Group team is well versed in the construction industry and process. After experiencing the snags and snares of traditional
building techniques, Managing Director
Ron Barnes sought solutions. When resolutions were elusive, he set forth to provide
his own. With this, he dove headfirst into
the prefabrication world. "Quality assurance
and safety quickly became our first priority," says Barnes. "Prefabricating in a factory
setting enabled us to achieve these goals."
Done Group has taken the strategic road
less traveled since its inception. For many
organizations, corporate strategy revolves
around marketing, sales, and production.
Done Group, however, has made research
and development a primary focus. The
natural curiosity and entrepreneurial spirit
of the company's leaders has directed them
into contributing research and findings
to modular construction's evolutionary
process in Canada and the United States.
The Done Experience
Historically, modular construction has
been perceived as "boxy," like shipping
containers, with the inability to customize.
While that technique is still being used,
Done Group provides creative solutions to
conventional building methods using only
the best methods and products. Using coldformed steel to create non-combustible single-floor designs is one of the many things
that sets them apart from their competition.
The Done Group team collaborates with
industry leaders in several fields to provide
the best products, services and experience
to everyone involved in a project. This is
called the Hybrid Approach. From qualified engineers, prefabricated wall panels,
and composite floor systems, the group is
knowledgeable, eager and believes in the
power of innovation.
Redefining QSR Construction
Research and development has fueled many
case studies since Done Group's inception.
The most recent is a comprehensive analysis
of building modular for quick service restaurants (QSRs). A standard QSR model was
analyzed and divided into conceptual modules. From this point, engineers determined
a structurally sound method of building,
transporting and installing the modules.
Conventional procedures were studied to
decipher how owner-operators could benefit
from using the modular system.
The benefits for modularizing QSRs
means the factory production can begin
well before the physical building site is
ready. Once the site is ready, the modules
can be shipped to site and installed quickly,
ready for the finishing touches. By creating
a consistent floorplan throughout each
restaurant, an owner will require fewer construction managers. Since the design will
stem from one factory, the conditions of the
physical site will be the only inconsistent
factor between locations.
Through a "one-source supplier," brand
owners can be assured that things like logo
placement, paint colors and the overall
atmosphere of their restaurants adhere to
brand standards and minimize inconsistencies throughout locations.
Controlled manufacturing means each
module undergoes quality checkpoints
throughout production and before leaving
the factory, from the structure to the interior
finishing. Construction managers will not
have to oversee the quality assurance of
Modules that are constructed out of steel
are non-combustible, reducing not only
risk of fire during the construction phase,
but also during long-term operations.
Non-combustible buildings often offer
insurance breaks and a safer work environment for employees compared to wood
Steel modules carry a longer life than
those made of wood, as steel does not
deteriorate, rot or burn and is more resistant
to weather. If in the future there is a need to
dismantle the QSR, the steel is recyclable.
Should a need to renovate arise, each QSR
can be renovated using the same construction method, or even through using prefabricated components to reduce disruption to
business operations. Best of all, by choosing
modularization owners can begin business
operations 30 to 40 percent earlier than if
the QSR was built using traditional methods. In addition to realizing the aforementioned benefits, Done Group researched,
designed and implemented proprietary
systems for the transportation and delivery
of QSR modules. "We are powered by the
mission to create something extraordinary,"
says Riley Mahaffey, engineering consultant
for Done Group. "We want to exceed the
R&D as its primary focus,
Done Group has helped Canada's
modular industry evolve.
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM