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The Perfect Storm That Is Propelling Prefab Forward

In the U.S., prefab manufacturing has been around since the 1920s, so why is it suddenly catching on? The construction industry has been facing increasing challenges over the past few years that have created the perfect storm that is propelling prefabricated manufacturing into the spotlight. Here are some of the main factors driving this movement:

  • A skilled labor shortage that will continue to decline as the pool of new workers continues to shrink

  • Increased demand for eco-friendly construction solutions

  • A widely documented lack of productivity in construction

  • An increasing need for shorter construction schedules with tighter budgets

One misconception about prefab is that the entire process should be led by the technology that is making it an ideal solution to today’s construction shortfalls. At first glance, this seems logical, however, it is precisely the reason some prefab manufacturers have shut down. The entire construction industry has been built on a foundation of traditional practices, albeit practices that have inherent inefficiencies. Relying solely on technology to mass produce construction components cannot succeed.

The success of Stillwater Building Systems lies in three key factors.

  1. Our experienced background in traditional construction, engineering and architecture

  2. Working knowledge of local codes and regulations

  3. The understanding of how advanced technologies work to improve the processes of an architectural/construction project by helping to resolve any inefficiencies and improve the overall quality and cost of the final project.

If the last few years are any indication, we will continue to see a significant shift towards prefabricated manufacturing. The construction industry as a whole will need to evolve into a more automated and efficient process if it is to maintain pace with demands. It’s one of the very last industries to make this transformation, but those who begin to partner with us today will save time, money and create a more predictable future for their business and for their projects.


For. more information about how working with Stillwater Building Systems can benefit your next project, contact us at: or (775) 501-9001


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