A high demand for offsite construction methodology in key commercial sectors such as hospitality, student housing and military has led to a spurt of growth for the manufacturing industry. Industry experts have data to believe that offsite construction is geared up to be redefine existing construction methodology in 2016. It is being generally held that prefab offsite construction will allow a faster schedule, improved quality and controlled costs.
The World Millwork Alliance predicts prefab onsite construction as one of the top trends of 2016. Dodge Data & Analytics’ 2016 Construction Outlook report predicted 6% growth, with the value of construction starts reaching an estimated $712 billion.
Additional industry reports indicate that the shift to prefab offsite construction will lead to a significant rise in the demand for shop drawings for custom architectural millwork. Firms are hopeful that increased investment in offsite construction will generate more business for the manufacturing industry, thereby creating a revival of the architectural millwork design and drafting services. It has also been reported that custom molding and millwork service providers are expanding their range of services and offering a new set of pricing plans to cater to a variety of manufacturers in key sectors. They are upgrading their capability to include millwork services for the Commercial Industry, Institutional Projects, Religious Buildings, Multi-Unit Housing and more.
Simply put, it means that the schedules and timelines of the custom architectural millwork industry are due for a major overhaul. It will be safe to assume the turnarounds will be shorter and standards of quality will be raised higher. To perform within these new schedules and maintain quality, an experienced team of cabinet makers, carpenters, drivers, project managers, estimators, engineers, and administration is non-negotiable. This would create a renewed demand for efficient estimators and project managers. It would also want a steady supply of cabinet makers and carpenters who are trained in industry-specific software.
Keeping these developments in mind, it would be a smart move to identify those architectural millwork companies in the market that have a dependable team for manufacturing, factory finishing and installing custom architectural millwork and casework. As the modes of construction advance, architectural millwork design and drafting becomes more competitive. The challenge lies in finding a team that can blend the charm of old world craftsmanship with the precision of modern technology. As the industry gears up to meet this growing demand, it is hoped that key players in the market will take notice of these emerging trends and make the most of the opportunities.