This course will be presented as a conversation about Modular Building Construction and introduce its application for High-Rise Multi-Family and Hospitality building types while identifying the benefits of this construction technique. Modular construction can provide faster project delivery, help achieve the project’s sustainability goals, and may help to alleviate shortages of affordable housing. Though several headwinds are threatening this industry's segment.
The Modular building industry faces multiple challenges, including a lack of standardization, current manufacturing capacity within the US, and financing, but has potential benefits that may greatly outweigh the risks. We will explore alternative and often competing design strategies presently used by the industry as well as discuss the pros and cons of modular construction for multi-family housing and hospitality buildings.
- Identify the benefits of modular construction for multi-family housing and hospitality building types and contrast them with conventional construction methods.
- Assess the design techniques for modular building components and explore alternative design strategies presently used by the industry.
- Evaluate how the industry is dealing with the standardization of modular products and how it can affect the project delivery timeline and sustainability goals.
- Recognize the headwinds the modular industry is facing regarding the building of manufacturing facilities and determine how it can affect project financing.