Modular Helps A Philadelphia Builder Make Inroads in Infill

Forest For The Trees. Vaughan Buckley, a custom builder in Philadelphia, has found that modular construction for urban infill gives him the production velocity and revenue he requires. But dropping modules into an urban landscape has its own sets of challenges.

Lined Up. Raising modules to set them onto a site within an existing neighborhood calls for big equipment that often must navigate obstacles like power lines and utility poles.

Escort Service. A wide-load module being transported through Philadelphia is trailed by police cars to avoid vehicular mishaps.

You're Clear. A crew member guides a flatbed truck driver backing a module onto a job site. Oftentimes, modular construction will temporarily close down streets and bus lanes.

Tight Squeeze. A street sign doesn't yield or bend. These kinds of urban roadblocks are why setting modules requires far more preplanning than stick-built construction.

Lifting Up. Despite the headaches attendant to urban modular construction, Vaughan Buckley Custom Homes expects to double its business in 2014, from more than $3.5 million this year.

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