Thinking Inside the Box: Modular Construction Demystified

Kendra Halliwell, ICON Architecture & Owen Huisenga, Tocci Building Corporation

Modular construction is touted as an opportunity to combat rising interest rates and construction prices through greater efficiency, address skilled labor shortages, and reduce jobsite waste. However, some architects and engineers are hesitant to embrace the modular approach because they don’t want their designs to be compromised, and they don’t think it has the flexibility or functionality to execute certain project typologies. This session will examine modular wood-frame multi-family projects through the lens of Boston’s largest example to date—The Graphic—which features five stories of wood over a concrete podium. Discussion will focus on unique design considerations, detailing and sourcing techniques, and the design/delivery process. The project architect and contractor will offer their insights on this project, as well as the pros and cons of off-site fabrication, quality, timeliness, and sustainability.

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