The future has finally arrived
It has been touted for years as the next big thing in construction. It has the potential to be faster, stronger, less expensive, and more sustainable. It could solve many problems that plague the construction industry—from climate instability to labor shortages to financial risk to material waste. So why hasn’t modular building taken off?
DF&A knew from our years of modular designing, building, and innovating, what was holding modular back. But we knew we couldn’t solve the problems alone. So we partnered with MiTek, a billion-dollar global construction component company owned by Berkshire Hathaway. We believe that, using our architectural expertise and their industry-spanning capabilities, we can make modular building as simple and efficient as it should be, while showing how architecturally complex it can be. Our work will give developers and builders around the country the option to choose modular and it will inspire architects to design for modular. It will push the industry forward farther and faster than ever before.
The first thing we did was design and build two modular prototypes, in order to tackle some of the issues that have plagued the technology for decades. We’re rethinking a decentralized supply chain model, creating custom software platforms to improve QA/QC, reinventing the structural cage, the way modules connect, the facade systems, and even the fire strategy. All while we were designing the beautiful, functional, inviting spaces you see here.
But this is just the beginning. The innovation will continue as DF&A and MiTek identify and remove barriers to modular adoption one by one. We are committed to a simple but ambitious mission: to make modular mainstream.