14. Modular Misconceptions & Three Squared's "Best of Both Worlds" Effect

In this episode we sit down and dive into the misconceptions that surround modular construction, and how our process combines both modular and site-built process to create efficiency and cost savings. Here is a glimpse of what you'll learn from us in this episode:

  • The differences between modular versus site-built construction.

  • How our building process combines both to create efficiency.

  • How the world of construction is shifting.

  • Three Squared's going beyond containers... what does that look like?

  • Breck's Project Highlight of the Week: The College Student Village!

To find the full show notes for today's episode click here. >>> Ask us about your project here. Be sure to check out our other episodes to learn more about designing & building with shipping containers, and how we became the experts in innovative design. 1) The Truth About Three Squared: What It Really Took To Become The Experts In Innovative Design

2) 3 Surprising Lessons We Learned in 2021

"I know that Three Squared has positioned ourselves well to take on a variety of innovation...containers were just the tip of the iceberg."


-Breck Crandell (Director of Design, TSI)

Show Notes:

  • 0:33 - Introduction to episode 14.

  • 2:45 - Breck's Project Highlight of the week: The College Student Village!

  • 5:38 - The issues with modular construction and how Three Squared is creating the solutions.

  • 7:41 - The difference between modular and site-built projects.

  • 7:49 - What defines modular construction?​

  • 8:49 - The challenge with federal approval in the United States.

  • 9:54 - Third party inspectors.


  • 12:18 - What it looks like to combine the two.

  • 15:00 - Modular construction is the future of the building industry.

  • 16:07 - Cost savings by minimizing on-site labor.

  • ​17:09 - How we modify our projects to reap the benefits of both modular and on-site construction.​

  • 18:46 - Working around the challenge of inspections.

  • 20:26 - How communication leads to efficiency, and speeds the process up.

  • 24:49 - The construction world is quickly approaching a major shift.

  • 25:12 - How Three Squared is prepared to take on a variety of innovative projects, not just containers.

  • 27:03 - The need for progressive general contractors in the Midwest and Florida.

  • 27:50 - Concluding thoughts for episode 14.

Are you, or do you know a general contractor who is interested in innovative projects? Reach out to us here info@threesquaredinc.com if you'd like to lean more about our process!

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