Prefab Can Be Fab on Commercial Projects

New processes and technologies have long enabled massive productivity gains. For the agricultural industry, it was the cotton gin in 1794. The automotive industry points to the groundbreaking introduction of Henry Ford’s assembly lines in 1913. The advent of the personal computer and the internet in the 1970s and 1980s made a wide-ranging impact on efficiency. Doing more in less time is a perpetual goal, but the construction process doesn’t always follow the most efficient approach.

For some commercial buildings, an option is gaining ground: prefabricated building solutions, where building elements — including structural; architectural; and mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems — are constructed off-site in a controlled environment and assembled on-site.

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