Over the years, modular construction/fabrication has continued to innovate and evolve. The various solutions on the market today offer many benefits to some very real challenges that projects face. Simply put, a “modular solution” is when a portion or most of a facility is constructed off site in a controlled fabrication environment and then is installed/assembled as a complete facility at the project site. One of the greatest values in some modular solutions is that they can be leased as either temporary facilities or even purchased on terms as equipment. See the Leasing page for more information. Modular solutions may not solve every challenge of your particular project and may not be the most efficient path forward for your facility construction, but if you would like to explore all of the modern modular applications available and evaluate whether or not it is a good fit for your project, please contact Adamo and someone can assist you.
Modular trailers have been used for many years and provide all of the typical advantages of modular applications. These units are fabricated off site at a plant and are installed onto axels. They are then transported by truck to your site and set on either a constructed foundation or on special stands. Then the wheels are removed and a skirt is installed to secure the underside of the units. The walls and roof systems are typically built from “tried and true” conventional construction materials, so this type of modular solution offers the closest overall pricing compared to commercial “ground up” construction.
One of the best benefits to this application is that there can be a shorter overall project duration since you can develop the site and build the facility simultaneously instead of having to sequence one operation in front of the other.
Self-Contained Enclosures or “Container SCIF”
Self-contained enclosures are primarily used for projects that require the fastest deployment time in the field. Forward bases/commands or sites with very limited windows of access to contractors benefit from these types of modular facilities. Since almost all of the construction is completed off site, it is usually as simple as order, design, fabricate, and the only site impact is perhaps a pad or foundation, the initial delivery/setup then connection to utilities. Space limitations become a factor with these units since the Department of Transportation has maximum sizes for what can be transported via U.S. roads, and most commercial aircraft have size constraints as well. You can typically combine multiple container units to provide a larger overall space at the final site, but doing so changes some of the lead times and installation/site prep factors. Learn more about the benefits of Conex SCIFs here.
Panelized Modular Enclosures
Panelized enclosures offer the most flexibility, scalability and logistical benefits of modular applications. Individual panels are fabricated at the factory and then shipped to the site for installation. Since the panels are shipped unassembled, you can ship a much larger overall facility inside a cargo plane or on a truck than with container SCIFs. This system can also be assembled off site, then shipped and delivered as a single unit if needed. If using the correct panel system, these panels often exceed the requirements for sensitive compartmented information facilities. Along with offering most of the same benefits as other modular solutions, the panelized system can be brought into limited-access spaces such as above-ground floor levels of multistoried office buildings and existing office spaces. Like other modular solutions, this system can also be leased and/or purchased as equipment.