If the macro trends toward prefabrication over the last five years hadn’t already caught your eye, its dramatic acceleration within the last nine months probably has.
In February 2020, a Dodge Data & Analytics SmartMarket Report anticipated that 62% of U.S. contractors would use at least some single-trade prefabrication methods during the year. The report further predicted that metric would increase to 75% in 2023. Those contractors who have adopted prefab methods are already realizing a key benefit of offsite construction: It’s a safer, more controllable factory work environment. Perhaps even more importantly for the long term, prefab helps them to establish a discipline toward repeatable process and continual process improvement—changes that can transform construction firms’ core identities.
In an effort to better understand the market dynamics at play when transitioning to prefabrication methods, Trimble’s research team sought top industry leaders to share their experiences. If you are currently exploring the practicalities and potential pitfalls associated with such a move, you will appreciate the insights from three innovative companies with three widely different approaches to improving quality, safety and predictability.
Our free e-book, “The Path to Prefab: Strategies for Scaling & Optimizing Prefabrication Services,” profiles three contractors’ discoveries about finding a unique space for themselves in the market, and lessons that all contractors can use to chart a course toward business transformation.
- “The shift from project to product can deliver the work of six to eight subcontractors on their complete facade solutions.” Mark Palmer, Clark Pacific
- “We sell time.” Richard Thomas, PT Blink
- “We did the research into what our clients are requesting and what the industry is demanding, and we realized we need to deliver this.” Victor Snook, Consolis