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The Pros And Cons Of Modular Healthcare Buildings

by Bianca Banda
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One of the best things in this day and age is innovation. Now, businesses strive to develop better solutions to every industry’s problem. Having extra building space is one of the common issues properties often have. In the last two years, the healthcare industry has had this concern. 

During the peak of COVID19, healthcare facilities all around the world struggled. The need for extra space was necessary; to accommodate everyone who needed treatment. One of the best solutions to that problem was modular healthcare buildings. 

Modular healthcare buildings have been the best alternative to traditional hospital construction. Since hospital construction is expensive, modular buildings have become a solution for extra space needs. But, just like all things in this world, they also have some cons. 

In this article, let’s discuss the pros and cons of modular buildings. 

 

Pros

It is cheaper than the traditional construction method.

One of the top advantages of modular buildings is their price. As you know, hospital construction is expensive. Aside from the materials, design, labour, and equipment needed, you will also be paying for professional fees and other specialists.

After the construction period, you also have to allocate a budget for the materials needed in the hospital. Unless you have planned for the project and have the budget for all the expenses, hospital construction is heavy on the pocket. 

That’s why modular buildings are the alternative. The costs that you’d usually spend on materials and equipment are out of the picture with modular construction. If you have a tight budget, I’d suggest considering modular constructions. If you’re also planning to open a small clinic or medical laboratory, you can consider starting with a modular constructed building.

 

Fast turnaround time.

The thing about ‌traditional construction methods is that it takes years before they finish. Usually, 2-storey buildings take a year or two to construct. If the weather’s kind enough to allow your construction to finish as soon as possible, good for you.

One of the reasons buildings take a while to finish is the weather. If it rains or snows, construction has to stop. Also, the cement won’t dry if it rains. It will only be such a waste to mix and build the cement and blocks just so it will soak through the rain.

If you need an extra space that can be used immediately, modular construction is the best alternative. Aside from its price, you won’t have to wait a year before you can move into the place. 

As a business owner, it’s best if you can start your operation as soon as possible. If you want great value for your money and a fast turnaround time, modular building construction is good. The faster the turnaround time is, the faster you’ll be able to cater to your patients. 

 

It is uncomplicated and simple. 

Modular buildings have a standard design. But, you are still free to have it customized as long as it meets their design guidelines. Modular healthcare buildings are assembled in factories. That means, it is less likely to cause accidents and waste of any materials.

Also, their construction design is simple, too. There are no complicated blueprints or designs to worry about. Once your modular room or building is done, it will be transported to your location. If your modular building has more than one storey, it won’t be delivered intact right away. Instead, the other modular rooms will be connected onsite at your location.

If you’re not a fan of complicated designs and just want a straightforward building set-up, modular construction might be the right one for you.

 

Cons

Limited access to personalisation design.

Even though most healthcare facilities have a simple design, some owners love to customize their properties. If you are keen on interior design, modular buildings might not be ideal for you. 

It’s important to understand that modular buildings exist to provide a durable and fast space solution. If you want your healthcare facility or business to be designed in a specific way, modular construction might not be able to meet your expectations. 

 

Most modular buildings have size restrictions. 

Since modular rooms are transported from the factory to a site, most manufacturers are strict and particular with size. If you need a healthcare space that is bigger than their allowed standard size for transportation, the modules can be constructed on your site. 

Some hospitals opt for modular buildings as extra rooms for their inpatients. If you need a modular building with a big floor area, they can assemble the modules in your property to accommodate your needs. The good thing is that there’s a solution. You’ll still get to spend less on modular than with traditional construction.

 

Not a lot of people are open to modular buildings, hence, making it hard to sell in the future. 

Lastly, modular buildings can be hard to sell in the future. Even though a lot of businesses opt for modular construction, a lot of people are still not open to it. With that, its long term value might not be ideal for the majority.

If ‌low resale value is fine with you, modular buildings are definitely worth it. But, if you want to sell the property at a higher value in the future, modular buildings might not be the best option for you yet. The great thing about modular buildings is that the modules are recycled. 

In the future, if you plan to sell or disassemble your modular property, expect that every module will be put to good use. No material will be wasted, hence, making it good for the environment. 

 

It’s up to you to weigh their pros and cons. Just make sure that every pro or con is aligned with your needs. 

Now, it’s up to you to weigh whether your property needs align with the pros and cons of modular buildings. To make it easier for you, I suggest you evaluate every pro and how it will benefit your needs. On the other hand, you should also take into account each con and see how it will affect your property in the long run. 

 

About the author:

Bianca Banda is a writer for MTX Contracts U.K., a privately owned construction and engineering company. MTX delivers single-source construction and engineering solutions to the UK’s public and private sectors, consistently promoting innovation and sustainable construction.

 

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