H.T. Lyons manufactured this 23-ft by 72-ft, more than 55-ton utility 'super skid' — from start to finish — at its Allentown, Pa., prefab shop. It's a combination of several smaller 'subskids' that contain utilities for a southern modular building project including power distribution, clean steam, waste treatment, and chilled water. It contains more than 2,000 ft of pipe, and nearly 2,000 sq ft of ductwork.Photo courtesy of H.T. Lyons
July 29, 2020
There is growing recognition today that prefabrication represents an opportunity to transform the construction industry. By moving from onsite construction to industrialized construction, projects can benefit from improved safety, productivity and predictability.
When we picture prefabrication in action, we often visualize whole modules of apartments or hotel rooms manufactured at scale and slotted into place in the span of several hours — and this purported image can make widespread adoption seem a long way off.