Panelized construction is a growing worldwide trend. Here's why
. According to “Prefabrication and Modular Construction 2020 SmartMarket Report” released by Dodge Data & Analytics, more design and construction professionals are realizing the benefits of prefabrication and permanent modular construction methods over traditional construction methods.
According to the publication, “About 90% of users report improved productivity, improved quality, and increased schedule certainty when using these methods compared to traditional stick-built construction. At least 80% of users also reported improved cost predictability, reduced waste, and increased client satisfaction.”
The report also noted the most interesting growth is in practices that are currently less widely used. This includes “prefabricated multi-trade assemblies, which involve the work of several trades combined together…will be used by 58% of those doing prefabrication in general—up dramatically from the 33% using this approach now.”
The upward trend is also driving demand for a variety of panelized metal wall systems that can be used in a building’s exterior wall cladding. Each system must be specially adapted to its intended building wall use.
one prefabricated building contractor incorporated a barrier wall rain screen system into the exterior wall cladding for Maine Medical Center, a $534 million project in Scarborough, Maine.