Prefabricated and modular construction are often stigmatized as low-end and mass-produced modes of construction. Swinerton, however, is making great strides in changing this perception. With over 30 such projects successfully completed or currently in progress, this depth of experience positions us as experts as demand continues to grow sharply.
Swinerton constantly seeks opportunities to demonstrate how the quality and subsequent benefits of prefabricated and modular construction can benefit our clients’ budget and schedule. With a recession likely looming in the near future, this will be of critical importance. Prefabrication can reduce construction costs due to the improved reliability of the construction process, its controlled environment, and reduced installation durations. Certain scopes can also be run concurrently with other construction activities to further accelerate the schedule.
Prefabrication increases the quality of construction, as it provides a more reliable finished level for each component. Materials are built utilizing machine precision, ensuring uniformity to specified codes and standards. Prefabrication also helps address the challenges that come from a shortage of skilled craftspeople as it requires less labor in the field.
The controlled environment of the prefabrication process results in safer working conditions compared to onsite construction without competing trades, debris, and material waste in the field. It also increases safety when prefabricated systems and modular units arrive in the field for assembly. Lowering the fall risk for workers, materials, and equipment protects field teams, the public, and surrounding structures.
As further evidence of our expertise, Swinerton owns a full-service construction prefabrication facility in Riverside, CA. Spanning three acres, the facility provides in-house formwork fabrication for wall, deck, column, and specialty forms. Owning and fabricating our formwork mitigates the unknowns of market availability and the potential lack of material resources and labor due to market demand.
As new opportunities continue to arise, Swinerton is excited to be at the forefront of prefabricated and modular construction. We look forward to demonstrating that it is viable and replicable for projects in all markets and how it can benefit each client’s unique budget, schedule, and design goals.