- Oct 2013
Sure, it will take months or years if the business model is to take orders first, build prefabricated modules second, and then assemble the construction last. But that isn't what the company is doing. Considering there is a construction boom in China, I don't think that business model makes sense.This is very misleading. If 90% of the building is manufactured in factories, the actual construction time is the manufacturing time in those factories plus the time to assemble the pre-manufactured pieces on-site. Think months or years instead of "19 days".
Just for your information, concrete foundation piles must "cure" for at least 30 days during which time the concrete used to make them is repeatedly tested for strength. If the superstructure is steel, that's one thing, but if it's concrete, the same rules apply, unless there's no strength testing going on, in which case, Good Luck.
In 1968, the Hilton Paseo Del Rio Hotel was built in three months, using concrete modules where 1 module = 1 room. The true construction time was actually the time needed to pour the concrete modules plus the actual on-site assembly time. It was still a remarkable accomplishment, because the room modules were lifted into place complete with furniture, carpet, electrical hookups, air conditioning and plumbing.
19 days? I don't think so.
Broad Group is building the modules first, grouping them into packages (packages being standardized buildings like hotels, kindergartens, swimming pools, etc.) second, and then taking orders third. The actual assembling at the site comes last. It is "assemble an existing but disassembled building"-to-order instead of "building modules of a non-existing building and then assemble"-to-order. In this business model, the client gets their project delivered in 19 days because at the time of order, that building already exists, just in a different form. The client will really get their project delivered in months or years if the are no ready-made packages and that modules had to be built at the time of order.
You have to view prefabricated construction not as a method of construction but as a finished product in itself. Building a business model this way creates time saving for contractor and especially the client. This is how Broad Group views it.