Construction Today - Volume 16, Issue 2 - 39
PHOTO CREDIT: THE VILLAGE OF OBETZ
Fortress Obetz, a Falcon Structures
project, is the largest shipping container
structure in the United States.
it will be beneficial in the long run. Finally having clear lines around
safe and unsafe container use will prevent accidents that could
threaten the entire industry.
"We know the limits of container modifications at Falcon because
we've consulted structural engineers. For example, containers are
extremely strong, but you can't cut out the entire side of a container
without adding reinforcement. Previously local coding officials were
in uncharted waters trying to determine which modifications are
structurally sound. Sensible code will create a clear pathway to safe
structures," says Shang.
Another World of Modular presentation, given by Stefan Fuchs, a
partner at the McKinsey Global Institute, held significance for Falcon
Structures. Fuchs spoke about how construction companies can be
more productive. The global management-consulting firm studied
productivity in 10 industries ranging from agriculture and manufacturing to retail. The institute concluded that while most industries
have grown their productivity significantly during the past 40 years,
construction has grown only by 6 percent, leaving an enormous
opening for industry disruption.
Fuchs offered modular construction as a notable solution
during his presentation. "It was exciting to see smart people come
to the same conclusions that we reached through trial and error,"
As modular construction gains momentum, the hospitality
a large-scale project, Falcon Structures
317 replicate equipment enclosures
for pipeline monitoring equipment.
industry is also taking notice. At the conference, Marriott Hotels announced that they planned to increase modular construction efforts.
Shang anticipates other businesses will soon follow suit.
"My vision for 10 to 15 years from now is that when someone
begins a project, they look at modular construction as an obvious
option. At the end of the day, modular construction just makes
sense," he says.
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