Determining if offsite construction is a feasible option for your project during the early planning stages can lead to time, cost, labor resourcing, safety, weather, and quality control advantages. Think offsite first and enjoy the benefits of The Smart Choice®.
1. Establish Project Goals during Pre-design and Design Phase
- Is off-site construction the best job cost option?
- Will off-site construction aid with the management control of my project?
- Can my project be broken down into simplified assemblies?
2. Identify Repeatable Elements
- Exterior walls
- If no repetition, then what modifications can be considered to accommodate off-site construction
3. Delivery Details
- Is my delivery schedule tight?
- Would it be difficult to meet my deadline using traditional construction method?
- Is weather a factor when trying to meet the deadline?
4. Site Complexity
- How close is site to existing buildings?
- Is the site near a freeway or busy street?
- Is it possible to have materials, equipment storage, and construction on this site?
- Is there enough staging space?
- Determine traditional vs off-site construction material waste cost
5. Efficient Procurement
- What elements will be constructed off-site vs. on-site?
- Is the supply chain confirmed well in advance?
- Can any of the processes be consolidated to make more efficient?
6. Skilled Labor Availability
- Will the project experience a labor shortage?
- Can my delivery date be at risk due to this shortage?
- Compare the cost of skilled labor vs. offsite construction
7. Site Access for Delivery
- Are access streets able to accommodate for transportation vehicles?
- Is there enough space to unload modules?
- Is craning an option?