Forming a modular mindset
A critical decision that can be taken early in a project with the designer and contractors working closely and collaboratively with the client is balancing the modularisation of the design right without compromising the client’s aesthetic requirements. This can be done with expert contractor input on the best construction methods and supplier information on materials. This allows the designer to optimise project constructability through repeated elements, such as repeated floor plan, standard details, stacking building services, among others.
This establishes design efficiencies for the supply chain without compromising the development vision. Similarly, the asset operator and maintenance contractor’s involvement during the design stage will allow designers to include operations & maintenance (O&M) considerations to mitigate late disruptive changes once the asset has been handed over.