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Modular Buildings: Can They Withstand The Test Of Time?

Posted by Wilmot Modular on September 7, 2023

Upon observing a modular building, one might wonder about its lasting power in the world of construction. Let's navigate the complexities of modular architecture and shed light on the enduring nature of these innovative structures. 

At their core, with diligent care and maintenance, modular buildings can boast a lifespan extending beyond 50 years. Their durability can be segmented as follows: 

Temporary/Relocatable Modular Buildings: Despite their transient nature, these structures, anchored firmly to concrete pier foundations, demonstrate remarkable resilience. With consistent upkeep, they can effectively serve for an impressive duration of 25 to 30 years. 

Permanent Modular Buildings: These structures represent the pinnacle of modular construction. Deeply anchored with robust foundations and constructed from materials such as wood, steel, or concrete, they offer adaptive design that ensures longevity and paves the way for architectural innovation, with potential lifespans surpassing 50 years. 

Wilmot Modular CEO, Mike Wilmot, standing next to an original modular building (pictured on the right) that his company installed in 1988, which is still in good working condition today in 2023. 

Highlighting the practical application of modular buildings, we turn to Mike Wilmot, the esteemed CEO of Wilmot Modular Structures. During a 2023 visit to the Seagirt Marine Terminal, Mike identified a modular structure he had facilitated for the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) division of the Maryland Port Authority approximately 35 years ago. Its pristine condition stands as a testament to the enduring nature of modular design. 

Tracing back to 1988, this particular structure functioned as the pivotal command center for the ICTF division. The Maryland Port Authority's dedication to its preservation is evident in its impeccable state, underscoring the longevity achievable with regular maintenance. 

Reflecting on the structure, Mike remarked, “This building exemplifies the pinnacle of modular design, maturing gracefully over the years, a testament to consistent care and superior craftsmanship.” His insights echo the industry consensus: modular buildings, when constructed with precision and maintained diligently, remain unparalleled in their architectural significance. 

In summary, modular buildings, when approached with expertise and maintained with diligence, transcend fleeting architectural trends. Emphasizing regular maintenance, particularly in areas such as roofing and HVAC systems, ensures their sustained functionality. This modular structure at the Seagirt Marine Terminal serves as a prime example, continuing to fulfill its purpose while withstanding the test of time. 

Topics: Sustainability, Modular Buildings, Modular Offices, Modular Construction