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Conventional Construction vs EC Buildings

It's not uncommon for traditional stick built buildings to experience delays and cost overruns.  Our portable metal buildings are built off site in our factory and are delivered to your facility ready to install.  Here are a few of the advantages of a potable metal building over a traditional onsite build:

  1. No financing during the build
  2. No interruption to your site during the build
  3. Construction can take place during winter or bad weather
  4. Better control of costs
  5. Buildings are portable should your needs change down the road
  6. More secure construction
  7. Can be placed on elevated stands or foundations
  8. Quicker completion times

General Info

     
  EC Building (Container Mod) EC Building (Design to Build) Conventional Stick Frame Building
Size Limitations Per Unit (Inside Dimensions) 8'W x 9'T x 39'6"L 12'W x 9'5"T x 48'L None
Fork Pockets Standard Option N/A
Crane Lifting Standard Option N/A
Standard Models Available Yes Yes No
Multi-Level Yes Yes, but more costly Yes
Multi-Unit (Width) Yes - Easily Yes, but more costly N/A

Time Line

     
  EC Building (Container Mod) EC Building (Design to Build) Conventional Stick Frame Building
Lead Time from Order to Completion 2 - 6 Weeks 6 - 10 Weeks 24 - 72 Weeks
Onsite Time Disruption Less than 1 Week Less than 1 Week 20 - 68 Weeks

Foundation/Structural

     
  EC Building (Container Mod) EC Building (Design to Build) Conventional Stick Frame Building
Concrete Pad Required No No Yes
Footers Required No No Yes
Ability to be Elevated on Peers Yes - Easily Yes - Easily No
Ability to be Elevated on Steel Structure Yes - Easily Yes - Easily Not Easily

Taxes, Permitting & Fees

     
  EC Building (Container Mod) EC Building (Design to Build) Conventional Stick Frame Building
Property Tax Implications Check with your CPA Check with your CPA Check with your CPA
Building Permit Required No Sometimes Always
State Engineering & Permitting No Sometimes Always

Portability

     
  EC Building (Container Mod) EC Building (Design to Build) Conventional Stick Frame Building
Ability to be Relocated Yes Yes No
Ability to Install Equipment Offsite Prior to Arrival Yes Yes No

Cost Comparison

     
  EC Building (Container Mod) EC Building (Design to Build) Conventional Stick Frame Building
Average Finished Unit Cost (Per Sq. Feet) $40.00 - $65.00 $50.00 - $75.00 $75.00 - $125.00
Down-Time Costs Minimal Minimal Extremely Large
Other Costs Minimal Least Highest
Total Cost Impact to Firm Least Minimal Highest