ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Kuvella Modular Designs, a leader in sustainable modular construction, and Z Modular, a division of Zekelman industries and leader in modular steel construction, announced an alliance between the two companies to streamline the modular construction process and broaden availability of their products throughout North America.
Z Modular’s signature product, the Vectorbloc, provides extremely tight tolerances and ensures even stacking of modules. It’s also flexible, allowing for the design of virtually any type of building. Coupled with Kuvella Modular Designs’ commitment to sustainable and energy efficient construction, this partnership will greatly reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment while creating jobs across America.
“The partnership between Z Modular and Kuvella is an exciting new chapter in scaleable offsite manufacturing using the Vectorbloc system,” said Derek Henderson, Vice President of Z Modular. “We’re confident that finding such a progressive group who shares our vision for productive employee and customer relations and the role of automation in modular construction will enhance the combined standard of service we’ll deliver from all facilities.”
An Affordable Method of Construction
Modular construction has seen a rise in popularity in recent years due to advantages that include reduced construction costs, more reliable and faster on-average project schedules, and decreased maintenance costs for building owners. With the labor shortage and associated rising labor costs driving construction project budgets sky-high across the United States, modular construction has found a place in the spotlight as an affordable and sophisticated method of construction.
“My vision for Kuvella is to change the perception Millennials and upcoming generations have about their approach to working in the construction industry,” said Michael Sanchez, Chairman of the Board and Founder of Kuvella Modular Designs. “I want them to see modular construction as robotics engineering and automation, instead of looking at construction trades and thinking about manual labor.”
Expanding modular construction offerings into major cities across North America can help attract a younger work force to the industry, creating positions for highly skilled tradespeople to fit out modules, too. For urban cities struggling to meet increasing demands for affordable housing as well as commitments to sustainable initiatives, modular design is an attractive option offering solutions to both.
“Together, Z Modular and Kuvella Modular Designs will build precision steel, sustainable and energy efficient residential and commercial structures,” said Kareem Abdus-Salaam, CEO of Kuvella Modular Designs. “This will greatly reduce the carbon footprint, while providing for excellent paying jobs, and making communities livable.”