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Modular Construction: A Brief History

If you frequent our blog, you know we love all things modular. Modular offices, portable buildings, modular cleanrooms, guard shacks, etc., you name it—we love it! In the “going green” era, modular construction has been dubbed the “future” of the construction world. Though it may seem new, modular construction has actually been around for more than hundred years.

The first mainstream introduction was in the early 20th century when Sears Roebuck Co. sold over 500,000 pre-fabricated homes between the years 1910 and 1940. During this period, times were truly tough and these homes offered an affordable alternative for many families that were struggling to find shelter.

Over the last quarter century, modular construction has exploded and evolved. Manufacturing plants are installing modular buildings inside the plant to serve as cleanrooms, break rooms or just a simple office.  What does this mean for you?  For starters, pre-engineered modular office materials are easier and faster to install, saving you time and money. Also, all of the materials are pre-cut, mitered, and completely finished.  There is also no need for taping, sanding or even painting.

Even some of the most recognizable companies in the world have jumped on the “modular” bandwagon. McDonalds, the world’s largest fast food chain, has started to use modular components in the construction of their restaurants. Since finished modular buildings look the same as conventionally constructed buildings, no one realizes they are in a modular building. So whether you know it or not, chances are you have been in a modular building.

In summary, you have a substantial opportunity to save yourself and your company time and money with a modular office or a portable building.  Regardless of the size or complexity of your project, you can rely on Starrco to provide you with a flexible modular office solution. Give us a call today!

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