Florida design/build construction firm R.J. Prossen, Inc., saves its clients money by combining modular design, tilt-up construction, and standardized details. The firm also may cut down construction and design time. How does modular tilt-up construction save so much time and money? By providing construction that repeats itself: Workers become familiar with the pattern of construction quickly because all buildings are built using similar components. Often the mechanical, cooling, and electrical systems are the same, too. The buildings can be any size and up to six stories high, but they all are designed from a standard structural grid on a computer.
If saving money rates higher than aesthetics to the owner or developer, the firm suggests using a square building. Square buildings permit more square footage than do rectangular or irregularly shaped buildings having the same number of exterior wall sections.