What is Off-site Construction?

This post is part of an on-going series that will offer a deep dive into the world of off-site construction. Stay tuned for more in this series!

LOGIC Building Systems is ready for the US construction industry to shift to off-site practices.

According to a recent McKinsey study, the market value for off-site construction in new real-estate development alone could reach $130 billion in Europe and the US by 2030

But what exactly do folks mean by offsite? What about terms we keep seeing in the news – modular and prefabricated? Inconsistent use of such terms creates confusion on projects, and inhibits the adoption of what LOGIC believes are efficient and profitable building solutions. 

So, let’s start with the big one, off-site construction. At LOGIC Building Systems, the clearest definition we see of off-site construction is as follows: a specific technological process used to realize a building project. Some buildings call for steel construction, some for wood framing. 

With off-site construction, developers realize projects using large, pre-manufactured products. They aren’t measured by size, like the 2”x4” you might pick up at a lumber yard, but by the contributions of multiple trades – from plumbers to electricians to carpenters and tilers. For some lucky developers, the products may include the complete kitchen, bathroom, and utility rooms that LOGIC manufactures, as well. 

Then the building is assembled by installing the pre-manufacturing products at the construction site using cranes and riggers. This off-site construction process saves countless hours of on-site building to help developers, owners, architects, and general contractors realize their projects with greater efficiency than before. 

Are you a developer looking to increase the velocity of an upcoming project? In our next post, we’ll explore how off-site manufactured products are a great solution for your off-site construction project.

Jason Van Nest is the Founder and CEO of LOGIC Building Systems, and a professor of Architecture at the New York Institute of Technology.

Multi-family housing layouts developed by LOGIC Building Systems
Multi-family layouts from the LOGIC Lab