Following are some commonly asked questions we get about the commercial modular building process.
DESIGN & MATERIALS
Modscape has completed commercial projects in a range of sectors including:
Our modular design concept offers significant cost and time advantages over conventional construction methods. To view a selection of our completed commercial modular building projects, visit our ‘Commercial page.
A module is a fully welded structural steel frame. Our projects are made using housing modules. Modules are used to create almost any configuration of spaces and can be made at any size (within our maximum dimensions) to suit your site and design. More information about module size and configuration can be found in our Modular Design Guide.
We do not have a standard size module as all housing modules are customised to suit each design. Typically a module can range in from 2.0m to 5.0m in width and from 2.0m to 15.0m in length. Most Modscape modular designs use a combination of module sizes to create a design. Modules that fit within these dimensions enable us to keep the cost of transport to a minimum, however if a design requires dimensions in excess of these parameters it can be assessed on a job-by-job basis. More information about housing module size and configuration can be found in our Modular Design Guide,
Definitely. External cladding, roof shape, internal wall finishes, floor coverings, paint colours, bench tops, fixtures and appliances can all be chosen to meet individual requirements.
We have very little restrictions with our modular system. The strong structural steel frame allows us great flexibility with design. Modules don’t always have to be rectilinear – we can do angular walls, pitched roofs and even curved walls. Housing modules are easily stacked on top of each other. They can actually stack up to six storeys before they need additional structural support. More information about module size and configuration can be found in our Modular Design Guide.
Absolutely. We are more than happy to work with your preferred architect or be directed by your proposed concept designs. Alternatively, Modscape’s in-house design team will work with you to bring your modular project to life. We also have a network of quality external consultants that can be employed on your project where required.
Yes most banks will fund prefabricated buildings. There are many aspects to the way a project is funded so please feel free to contact us to discuss.
Commercial projects either have a fixed payment schedule or are paid via progress claims depending on the type of project.
LOGISTICS, SITE & ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Site works can be undertaken by your team or Modscape can coordinate any site preparation as required.
A large majority of our modular design projects require a crane. Projects located on sloping sites, with difficult site access or involving more than a single storey will require a crane.
The cost of a crane is determined by the complexity of the lift. We will be able to provide you with a more accurate indication of the crane cost following a site inspection.
Build times differ depending on the size and complexity of the project. Some commercial projects can be completed in as little as 9 weeks.
Transport for each module is $3k within 150km of our Brooklyn facility. If your project falls outside of the 150km radius of Brooklyn it is likely each housing module will cost somewhere between $5K (for distances up to 300km from Brooklyn) and $23K (to the Kimberley).
All of our modular design projects are trucked to their destination in complete sections and placed directly onto your prepared site. The exceptionally strong steel frames used for each section enables our modules to withstand much greater stressors than would be possible with on-site construction. Rigorous testing procedures ensure that each project arrives at its destination in the same condition in which it left the factory.
Yes they are. The screw pile system we use for our foundations is height adjustable and makes Modscape a great solution for sloping sites. Additional costs may be incurred for very steep sites if additional steel is required to achieve the required structural support and elevation.
PERMITS, COMPLIANCE & PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Modscape has installed projects all over Australia so we are very familiar with the issues involved in working at a geographical distance from our clients. Our clients are frequently updated on the progress of their project – whether it is in town planning, design and development or construction, and the need to travel interstate is confined to the key decision making stages only.
Absolutely. The highly-planned process involved in creating a Modscape project means all parties are clear on who does what and when. We will oversee your modular design project from design through to installation, ensuring you are informed and consulted along the way, but can additionally undertake any landscaping and site works required at the end. One project, one team.
From our factory in Brooklyn we can manufacture up to 150 modules at any one time. Often we will have multiple projects being built concurrently.
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