Modular Buildings: A Comprehensive Solution for Municipalities
Modular municipal buildings are a versatile and cost-effective solution for cities, counties, and towns looking to expand or upgrade their infrastructure. These buildings are constructed off-site in a controlled environment, then transported and assembled at the desired location. This method of construction offers significant benefits in terms of cost, time, and environmental impact. Modular buildings can be customized to suit a wide range of municipal needs, from fire stations and police departments to EMS facilities and administrative offices. They can also be used for libraries, court houses, public works departments, landfill and recycling centers, and emergency services.
Different Applications of Modular Buildings
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Modular buildings can be designed to meet the specific needs of EMS facilities. They can include features such as built-in air conditioning, heating, living quarters, bathroom units, and electrical wiring. These buildings can also be equipped with medical equipment storage areas, patient treatment rooms, and administrative offices.
Modular buildings can also serve as efficient and cost-effective police stations. They can be customized to include features such as holding cells, interrogation rooms, evidence storage, armory and shooting range, and administrative and sheriff’s offices. Modular police stations can be designed to accommodate a growing police force and can be expanded or reconfigured as needed.
Modular fire stations can be constructed quickly and efficiently, providing a vital service to growing communities. These buildings can include living quarters, kitchens, showers, and administrative offices. While traditional modular construction may not be suitable for vehicle bays due to ceiling height limitations, modular structures can be connected to or installed adjacent to site-built or prefabricated steel garages.
Administrative Offices and Other Municipal Applications
Modular buildings can be designed to serve as city hall, housing various departments under one roof. This can include the courthouse, prosecutor’s office, judge’s chambers, and police station. Modular construction allows for the creation of a fully functional city hall that can be constructed quickly and efficiently, meeting the needs of a growing municipality.
Parks and Recreation
Modular buildings can be used to create offices for parks and recreation departments. These buildings can include administrative offices, storage areas for equipment, and facilities for community programs. They can be designed to blend in with the natural surroundings, providing a comfortable and inviting space for staff and community members.
Public works departments can benefit from the versatility of modular buildings. Whether it’s an office for administrative tasks, a workshop for equipment maintenance, or a storage facility for materials, modular buildings can be customized to meet the specific needs of the department.
For emergency services departments, modular buildings can serve as mega shelters, providing ample space for storage, workshops, and offices. These buildings can be constructed quickly in response to emergencies, providing a crucial resource for disaster relief efforts.
Wastewater Treatment and Recycling Centers
Modular buildings can be used to create administrative offices for wastewater treatment plants and recycling centers. In addition, they can serve as scale house buildings for landfill sites, providing a secure and comfortable space for staff to monitor and manage waste disposal operations.
Modular construction can also be used to create libraries. These buildings can be designed with a variety of spaces, including reading rooms, computer labs, children’s areas, and administrative offices. Modular libraries can be expanded or reconfigured as needed, allowing them to adapt to the changing needs of the community.
Benefits of Modular Buildings for Municipalities
Modular construction is typically more cost-effective than traditional construction methods. This is due to the efficiency of off-site construction, which reduces labor costs and minimizes waste. The savings can be passed on to the community, allowing for more funds to be allocated to other important areas.
Modular buildings can be designed, built, and delivered in a fraction of the time it takes to construct a traditional building. This is particularly beneficial for rapidly growing communities that need to expand their infrastructure quickly.
Modular construction produces less waste than traditional construction methods. Additionally, the controlled environment in which the buildings are constructed allows for greater energy efficiency, reducing the carbon footprint of the building process.
Modular buildings can be customized to meet the specific needs of each municipality. This includes the floor plan as well as interior and exterior finishes. This level of customization ensures that each building is perfectly suited to its intended purpose.
Despite being constructed off-site, modular buildings are designed to be strong and secure. They are built to withstand extreme weather conditions and adhere to all relevant building codes.
FAQs About Modular Buildings
How Long Does It Take to Construct a Modular Building?
The construction time for a modular building can vary depending on the size and complexity of the project. However, a new modular building can typically be designed, built, and delivered in as little as 90 days.
Can Modular Buildings Be Expanded or Reconfigured?
Yes, one of the major advantages of modular construction is its flexibility. Modular buildings can be expanded or reconfigured as needed, making them a future-proof solution for growing communities.
Are Modular Buildings as Durable as Traditional Buildings?
Yes, modular buildings are designed to be just as durable and long-lasting as traditionally constructed buildings. They are built in a controlled environment to strict quality standards and are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions.
Can Modular Buildings Be Used for Temporary Purposes?
Yes, modular buildings can be used for both temporary and permanent purposes. They are an ideal solution for municipalities that need a temporary facility during a period of construction or renovation.
Modular buildings offer a versatile and cost-effective solution for municipalities looking to expand or upgrade their infrastructure. With their quick construction times, reduced environmental impact, and high level of customization, modular buildings are an excellent choice for a wide range of municipal applications. Whether you need a new fire station, police department, EMS facility, or administrative office, modular construction can provide a high-quality, durable, and cost-effective solution.
If you have any questions about modular construction or would like to discuss a potential project, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to turn your vision of a modular municipal building into a reality.
Examples of Mobile Modular Municipal Buildings
City of Lewisville Fire Department
The City of Lewisville needs their Fire Department operational 24/7, so when the urgency for a new crew quarter building arose, they searched out a solution that would keep them continuously functional. Their current building had become out of code compliance and systems were not fully functional. Due to the necessity of a fully staffed fire department in their city, The City of Lewisville decided on a custom modular building to ensure that the stringent time frame would be met as well as their need for specific requirements such as backup power, crew quarters, custom office space, dispatch offices, and a custom kitchen.
Cleveland County Emergency Services
Cleveland County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provides life-saving services to citizens during medical emergencies. They needed a quick housing solution for the responders while on the job. Mobile Modular provided them with a living space that has 2 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, kitchen and living room as well as laundry space. We finished the exterior with site-built canopies, wrap around decking, and brick skirting to give the building a more permanent look. They chose the modular solution because of the cost and time savings as well as the ability to relocate the building wherever needed.
Waste Management Scale House
Waste Management in Logansport, IN was in need of a new scale house. They had been renting a mobile office that was too small for their needs and wanted to expand their space. Due to a new scale built at that location, they wanted to purchase the facility to be built on a permanent foundation. This facility is equipped with a scale house room, drivers’ room, office, unisex restroom, supply closet, large conference room, and kitchenette. Modular construction proved to be an effective solution because it was designed, built, delivered, and installed in approximately 2 months.
Police Range Shooting Center
The Police Range Training Center, located in Hammond, Indiana, had surpassed the capacity of its previous infrastructure. Initial proposals for a traditionally constructed edifice were abruptly discontinued due to the unexpectedly high cost. Consequently, the organization began to explore the option of a permanent modular office building. Mobile Modular was able to offer detailed specifications and valuable input on the floor plan, accompanied by a cost-effective quotation. Upon the project’s award, Mobile Modular promptly initiated the production of the 48’x60’ office building at their manufacturing facility. In collaboration with Hasse Construction, Mobile Modular facilitated site preparation and installation of the permanent modular office building, a process that was completed in a mere four weeks.
Hilda L. Solis Care First Village
The Hilda L. Solis Care First Village, built on Vignes Street in Downtown L.A., took only five months to complete, despite construction taking place in a busy metropolitan area during the COVID-19 pandemic. The end result of that hard work is 232 full-service dwelling units across temporary and permanent modular structures, as well as a repeatable model for mitigating the homelessness crisis across the United States.