Commercial Modular

Modular = Permanent, Strong, Fast, Affordable

Developers and architects often overlook commercial modular as one of the best ways to achieve their clients’ goals for new construction projects.  This is understandable.  Modular construction carries with it, years of misunderstanding, inappropriate “labeling” and lack of ability for naysayers to really access a commercial modular project and lay their hands on it or see it being built, so they can compare to traditional stick-built.

Today, that is not the case.   Today’s modular factories, while fewer and farther between than panelizers, are “open books”, allowing visitors to tour, scrutinize and make the decisions for themselves about commercial modular AND the company that they are dealing with, long before a financial commitment is required.   When Trotter General Contracting, Inc. teams up with the modular factory as its Authorized Builder for your project, you will recognize a ton of benefits.

UIC Nabor House Ag Fraternity

UIC Nabor House Ag Fraternity

 Why Would I Even Look at Modular?

First of all, the term “modular” is not the same as “manufactured” when it comes to construction.   As an example, a modular designed assisted living must have its plans designed and submitted to meet the same approval and code compliance standard as an architecturally-designed site-built plan.   Modular buildings must pass muster with the highest specified code adopted by the particular municipality or county.  Manufactured construction standards are established and overseen by HUD.   

A new car is never purchased by having 4,563 parts delivered to your driveway for assembly by YOU!  It is a system built product with CAD design that went down a Henry Ford style assembly line.  Professionals who are trained in specific build functions put this new car together, in record time and sent it out with a warranty.  If your project can be built by Trotter General Contracting, Inc. using the same methods, you end up way ahead vs conventional site built construction.

As with anything not yet explored, there is lack of understanding.  Visiting a site, such as those shown on this page, will quickly give you the confidence to look into commercial modular as the method for your build.  These Central Illinois commercial modular projects showcase the beauty, strength, the low site impact and cost savings that occur when modules are used.

Bradley University Pi Beta Phi Sorority Using Modular & Site-Built Techniques

Bradley University Pi Beta Phi Sorority Using Modular & Site-Built Techniques

What Do I Really Gain By Building Modular?

That’s easy.  And, we can have you  speak directly with the owners of these projects.   They are the ones that spent the money and can tell you, in their own words, what commercial modular construction did for them.  It will sound a lot like this:

  • Affordability“After pricing this as stick built, our budget was blown, but modular gave us the savings to move forward.”
  • Speed“We are able to demo and re-build while the students are on summer break.”
  • Strength“Our city has strict codes and modular allowed designs and potential weaknesses to show themselves, before we ever spent a dime or incurred a violation.”
  • Not to Exceed Pricing – “Our bank was elated that we could guarantee our price, with no surprises down the road.”
  • Design Decisions“Since even the kitchen sink, cabinets and light fixtures come all at the same time by going modular, we made final trim and color selections at the beginning of the process, rather than drag it out as we progressed.  This forced us to be actively involved in the design and budgeting process and eliminated frustrating change orders and costly selection changes after the ground-breaking.”
  • Energy Efficiency“With Illinois now having a statewide energy code, we could accomplish this easier in a factory built environment than we could, onsite.”
  • Fire Suppression“We were able to install a majority of our fire suppression system in the modular factory, saving money and minimizing the body count of subcontractor employees on the jobsite.”
Campus Property Management's 5-story Student Housing Complex at UIC, Champaign, IL

Campus Property Management’s 5-story Student Housing Complex at UIC, Champaign, IL



Where Do I Start?

Your project may be a great candidate for commercial modular.   It also may be a candidate for a “blended” style of construction…i.e; part modular + part stick-built.   Trotter General Contracting, Inc. will sit down with you and design a plan or, if you already have spent dollars on a plan, we’ll review it with you to see if it can be modularized.   Even plans that have been drawn for conventional, site built construction may be convertible to modular.   There is still a substantial gain to be realized by going modular, even if your first move was to spend money with an architect and you have preliminary prints, in hand.  Architects, themselves, are beginning to initiate drawings that are modular friendly, allowing the owner more flexibility in design, scalability and financial savings.   In fact, many hotels and hospitality groups now have new hotel prints that have been designed to allow cross bidding between traditional site-built construction companies and cutting edge companies that can offer modular construction.  They know that strength, speed, cost savings, repeatability, low exposure to bad weather and conflict resolving CAD design all help the project go smoothly.     Schedule a discussion with Trotter General Contracting, Inc. regarding the feasibility of your project to be modularized, by calling Trotter General Contracting, Inc. at Macomb, IL 309-836-5040, or Springfield, IL 217-801-0118.