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Modular Office Wall Panel Types

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Although Panel Built’s typical modular office uses our standard vinyl covered gypsum wall panel, we offer a wide variety of different modular office wall panel materials, each with their own specific benefits. We provide all of these different options because we pride ourselves on always delivering the perfect structure for our customers’ needs. We have manufactured modular warehouse offices and exterior buildings for a variety of unique purposes, climates, conditions, and work environments.


Fire Rated Wall Panels

So, why would your facility need a fire rated modular office?
Insurance companies will often require that buildings that come in contact with flammable materials receive higher fire ratings. If your warehouse holds flammable liquids (any liquid with a flashpoint at or below 199.4 degrees), your insurance company could require any modular office building to hold a specific fire rating for liability purposes.

One Hour Fire Rated PanelBut more importantly, in a facility with a higher level of risk, these fire rated wall panels provide exceeding protection to your employees. Not only will the wall itself provide valuable protection, but it can also provide a comfortable work setting for employees or housing for equipment.
To receive the 1 Hour Fire Rating, these panels were tested by a certified independent laboratory and the results met the ASTM Method E119-00a Fire Test for a fire endurance rating of 60 minutes. The panels are blasted with flames for one hour followed by a blast from a fire hose. The wall must remain intact to receive the 1 Hour Fire Rating, and these structures meet the punishing standards.
Typically, these fire resistant panels will consist of 26 gauge stucco embossed steel with a 5/8” Type X Gypsum board behind it and 2” mineral wool core. However, these panels can be modified to have a vinyl covered gypsum exterior per customer request.


Steel Wall PanelsSteel Gypsum Wall Panel

Typically, one of our standard modular offices will be built with a gypsum interior layer and a gypsum exterior layer. However, sometimes having steel paneling over the gypsum board will provide a better fit for your facility. That is because these panel systems provide an extra layer of protection for your modular office, allowing for incredible durability. This specific type of wall panel can come in handy in a warehouse or facility that sees a lot of foot traffic or forklifts moving back and forth. By being able to absorb more damage than your typical modular office, these specialized panels can actually save you money later on in potential repair costs. These steel panels come in three basic colors, white, saddle tan, and gray, but can be powder coated to a number of different color options.


Gypsum BallisticBallistic Rated Paneling

 

For both interior and exterior modular buildings, Panel Built offers a ballistic rated option for companies that face a high threat level or the do business in a more hazardous sector. Typically, our ballistic rated panels are sought after for the bullet resistance ratings (either NIJ or UL). These exterior buildings are often used to house guards or military officers as a form of access control for a facility or military base.
However, these wall panels have can also be utilized in other beneficial ways. In certain laboratory testing environments, our ballistic panel with gypsum board provides you with the aesthetics of an office environment with the added protection of ballistic fiberglass. This type of shelter will safeguard the outer environment in an area where projectiles or potentially combustible materials are being tested.


Gypsum with SoundStop BoardSoundProof Wall Panel

Our standard 3” gypsum/gypsum wall panel with a polystyrene core has a sound transmission coefficient or STC of 31 which provides a good amount of sound dampening for your new office space. If you are placing your new modular office building in a manufacturing environment or just a particularly noisy facility in general, adding the SoundStop board to your wall panel can improve the soundproofing even more. 1/2” of the SoundStop board itself provides an STC of 23, providing a noticeable noise reduction to the inside of the structure.  As the typical warehouse has a decibel level of around 70, and manufacturing environments can have a range of 80-100, some additional soundproofing may be necessary for your office location, in order to pass OSHA requirements.


Fiberglass Reinforced Panel FRPFiberglass Reinforced Panels

Fiberglass Reinforced Panels consist of two .08” sheets of FRP and a 2.8” polystyrene core. This type of wall paneling will provide a high degree of flexibility, chemical resistance, easiness to clean, and scratch resistance. Because of this wide array of benefits, FRP has a number unique applications. They are most commonly used in kitchen, bathroom, hospital, and classroom settings for their ability to be easily cleaned. Due to their non-porous surface, they can be cleaned with a combination of water, a mild cleaner, and a sponge, providing for easy cleanup in most situations.

For any further questions about our modular wall panels or our modular offices in general, you can contact one of our sales reps, request a quote online, or email us at info@panelbuilt.com with your inquiries.

7 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Business

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To Improve Security

Guard ShackOur first New Year’s resolution is something that all companies could (and should) focus on.  The security of your workplace is important to the overall well-being of you and your employees.   As we mentioned before in a previous post, “How Guard Booths Boost Your Workplace Security,” certain industries and sectors naturally place a high emphasis on security: airports, government facilities, schools, and hospitals. However, other industries do not seem to follow suit.  Of all industry sectors, the “transportation, logistics, warehousing, & supply chain”, sector has 417 employees per security worker, by far the highest of any sector.  Providing extra security, especially for after hours, not only allows you to catch any potential predators but also works well as a preventative measure.   Having a guard building and/or surveillance system, boosts the overall security of your facility, providing valuable protection for your inventory, but more importantly, your employees.  This improved security system will provide your facility with peace of mind throughout the New Year.

To Grow

We’re sure many companies have this New Year’s resolution every year.  However, even when companies are successful in their growth stage, there can be some serious growing pains along the way.  For most companies, growth means having to deal with more inventory, more employees, and a very tense series of deadlines to keep all customers satisfied.  Unfortunately, the facility that you currently have will not be able to magically grow with your company, and you will have to decide on a few options in order to provide you with the necessary room to operate.   Adding on to your facility and building a new facility both provide you with the extra facility space you need, but they can both be extremely expensive and could even potentially cause a lot of downtime. Conversely, solving your space needs through modular construction could soothe all of these problems.  For instance, a structural steel mezzanine can provide practically double the storage space in your facility at a fraction of the cost of building a new facility.  The mezzanine can be designed, manufactured, and installed in about a month and causes little to no downtime in your facility!  Plus, the structure can be disassembled or can even be expanded in size later on.  These structures are a sure fire way to achieve this resolution!


To Spend Less, and Save More

Office on MezzanineThis resolution also appeals to nearly all business owners and managers.   Finding new and innovative ways to improve your company’s efficiency helps improve your bottom line and makes your work processes run more smoothly.  Utilizing modular construction to improve your facility can help you do just that.  Like Henry Ford and his assembly line, modular construction can allow you to specialize your facility, creating areas designed to do a specific task.  Structures such as modular offices, clean rooms, and mezzanines not only can provide you with more room in your facility but also provides an environment specific to the task that is being performed. With a modular office, you can provide an environment that has reduced noise, allowing for a much more controlled area that is more acclimated for administrative work.  However, the biggest benefit is the office’s location to the warehouse floor.  With this positioning, the supervisor or manager will be able to accomplish all of his duties while simultaneously keeping an eye on all the facility processes.  Similarly, a mezzanine can allow you extra overhead storage, preserving the warehouse floor for foot and forklift traffic.


 

To Reduce Stress

For most places, the warehouse and facility floor can be a hectic and chaotic place for all people involved.  In fact, OSHA has standard “occupational noise exposure” requirements for companies to prevent contact with potentially damaging noise. If you include all of the procedures workers must follow to ensure a safe work environment, meet deadlines, and ensure quality, warehouse employees are constantly under a great amount of pressure.  This pressure can lead to brain fatigue, or an overall dulling of your mental awareness, leading to reduced cognitive factions and an acceptability to errors.  To reduce these symptoms and minimize stress, breakrooms in a manufacturing facility have been shown to reduce tension and boost productivity by allowing a place for workers to take a break and decompress. As mentioned previously, a modular office can provide this specialized area, away from the loud and busy warehouse floor, allowing your personnel to return to work refreshed and productive.


To Become More Organized

Over time, facilities can become more and more unorganized due to growth or even complacency. Understandably, your inventory of goods can get out of control in your Warehouse Mezzaninewarehouse at any given point in time. Although warehouse overcrowding is not always a bad thing (because of business boosts or a seasonal fluctuation of goods), but it never results in something good. However, organizing your warehouse should not feel like an unobtainable New Year’s resolution.  With the extra space that a warehouse mezzanine offers , more  room can be made for forklift and logistic operations. This can improve the efficiency of your facility and the overall perception of your operations from your employees and visitors.

To Promote Workplace Safety

Similar to improving the security of your warehouse, promoting safety can seriously improve your ability to guard your inventory but also allows you to preserve yourself from workplace injuries.  Using guard rails to protect your inventory, offices, and mezzanines, not only allows you to protect your investments but also offer a crumple zone of sorts for your forklift operators, preventing damages to good and equipment.  In this case, the heavy forklift can hit the guard rail without causing massive damage to your goods, the equipment, or the employees themselves.


To Go Green

Finally, to boost your environmental efforts going into 2017, many companies will make their New Year’s resolution to Go Green.  Modular construction takes advantage of a process known as “Mass Customization.” One way to achieve this is through modular construction. When constructing a modular building, the same paneling that used to create one building can be snapped into place on another building. In the factory, inventory is easier to control than a traditional construction site.  All materials have set storage areas that provide easy management and movement.  In fact, WRAP, an organization dedicated to resource efficiency, stated that “Volumetric (modular) building systems are the ultimate in offsite manufacturing technology and their substitution for traditional building methods typically leads to a virtual elimination of all wastage bar excavation spoil for ground preparation.” They also showed that an estimated 70-90% of construction waste can be eliminated through offsite construction practices.

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7 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Business

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To Improve Security

Guard ShackOur first New Year’s resolution is something that all companies could (and should) focus on.  The security of your workplace is important to the overall well-being of you and your employees.   As we mentioned before in a previous post, “How Guard Booths Boost Your Workplace Security,” certain industries and sectors naturally place a high emphasis on security: airports, government facilities, schools, and hospitals. However, other industries do not seem to follow suit.  Of all industry sectors, the “transportation, logistics, warehousing, & supply chain”, sector has 417 employees per security worker, by far the highest of any sector.  Providing extra security, especially for after hours, not only allows you to catch any potential predators but also works well as a preventative measure.   Having a guard building and/or surveillance system, boosts the overall security of your facility, providing valuable protection for your inventory, but more importantly, your employees.  This improved security system will provide your facility with peace of mind throughout the New Year.

To Grow

We’re sure many companies have this New Year’s resolution every year.  However, even when companies are successful in their growth stage, there can be some serious growing pains along the way.  For most companies, growth means having to deal with more inventory, more employees, and a very tense series of deadlines to keep all customers satisfied.  Unfortunately, the facility that you currently have will not be able to magically grow with your company, and you will have to decide on a few options in order to provide you with the necessary room to operate.   Adding on to your facility and building a new facility both provide you with the extra facility space you need, but they can both be extremely expensive and could even potentially cause a lot of downtime. Conversely, solving your space needs through modular construction could soothe all of these problems.  For instance, a structural steel mezzanine can provide practically double the storage space in your facility at a fraction of the cost of building a new facility.  The mezzanine can be designed, manufactured, and installed in about a month and causes little to no downtime in your facility!  Plus, the structure can be disassembled or can even be expanded in size later on.  These structures are a sure fire way to achieve this resolution!


To Spend Less, and Save More

Office on MezzanineThis resolution also appeals to nearly all business owners and managers.   Finding new and innovative ways to improve your company’s efficiency helps improve your bottom line and makes your work processes run more smoothly.  Utilizing modular construction to improve your facility can help you do just that.  Like Henry Ford and his assembly line, modular construction can allow you to specialize your facility, creating areas designed to do a specific task.  Structures such as modular offices, clean rooms, and mezzanines not only can provide you with more room in your facility but also provides an environment specific to the task that is being performed. With a modular office, you can provide an environment that has reduced noise, allowing for a much more controlled area that is more acclimated for administrative work.  However, the biggest benefit is the office’s location to the warehouse floor.  With this positioning, the supervisor or manager will be able to accomplish all of his duties while simultaneously keeping an eye on all the facility processes.  Similarly, a mezzanine can allow you extra overhead storage, preserving the warehouse floor for foot and forklift traffic.


 

To Reduce Stress

For most places, the warehouse and facility floor can be a hectic and chaotic place for all people involved.  In fact, OSHA has standard “occupational noise exposure” requirements for companies to prevent contact with potentially damaging noise. If you include all of the procedures workers must follow to ensure a safe work environment, meet deadlines, and ensure quality, warehouse employees are constantly under a great amount of pressure.  This pressure can lead to brain fatigue, or an overall dulling of your mental awareness, leading to reduced cognitive factions and an acceptability to errors.  To reduce these symptoms and minimize stress, breakrooms in a manufacturing facility have been shown to reduce tension and boost productivity by allowing a place for workers to take a break and decompress. As mentioned previously, a modular office can provide this specialized area, away from the loud and busy warehouse floor, allowing your personnel to return to work refreshed and productive.


To Become More Organized

Over time, facilities can become more and more unorganized due to growth or even complacency. Understandably, your inventory of goods can get out of control in your Warehouse Mezzaninewarehouse at any given point in time. Although warehouse overcrowding is not always a bad thing (because of business boosts or a seasonal fluctuation of goods), but it never results in something good. However, organizing your warehouse should not feel like an unobtainable New Year’s resolution.  With the extra space that a warehouse mezzanine offers , more  room can be made for forklift and logistic operations. This can improve the efficiency of your facility and the overall perception of your operations from your employees and visitors.

To Promote Workplace Safety

Similar to improving the security of your warehouse, promoting safety can seriously improve your ability to guard your inventory but also allows you to preserve yourself from workplace injuries.  Using guard rails to protect your inventory, offices, and mezzanines, not only allows you to protect your investments but also offer a crumple zone of sorts for your forklift operators, preventing damages to good and equipment.  In this case, the heavy forklift can hit the guard rail without causing massive damage to your goods, the equipment, or the employees themselves.


To Go Green

Finally, to boost your environmental efforts going into 2017, many companies will make their New Year’s resolution to Go Green.  Modular construction takes advantage of a process known as “Mass Customization.” One way to achieve this is through modular construction. When constructing a modular building, the same paneling that used to create one building can be snapped into place on another building. In the factory, inventory is easier to control than a traditional construction site.  All materials have set storage areas that provide easy management and movement.  In fact, WRAP, an organization dedicated to resource efficiency, stated that “Volumetric (modular) building systems are the ultimate in offsite manufacturing technology and their substitution for traditional building methods typically leads to a virtual elimination of all wastage bar excavation spoil for ground preparation.” They also showed that an estimated 70-90% of construction waste can be eliminated through offsite construction practices.

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and get your Modular Project started!

Smart Modular Building Strategies For Aerospace

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Aerospace manufacturing is one of the biggest and most competitive markets in the United States, supplying the markets of commercial airliners, space, military aircrafts, missiles and general aviation. In fact, the United States aerospace industry racked up a total of $144.1 Billion in export sales in 2015 alone.  Plus, out of all of the industries in the United States, Aerospace manufacturing has the highest positive trade balance, with us exporting $82.5 Billion more than we import.  Additionally, the United States boasts the strongest aerospace industry, attracting investors both foreign and domestic, providing a large amount of capital for rapid growth.  Companies like Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Airbus are perennial industry leaders (with annual revenues north of $85B, $75B, and $45B respectively) and there are even popular more names like Rolls Royce and General Electric in the top 10.  With such stiff competition and high revenues, these companies have to make a lot of difficult decisions on the best way to spend their money, time, and space.  Through the integration of modular construction into their facilities, they can expand the amount of usable area and optimize their workplace with short lead times and minimal downtime.

Manufacturing

Aerospace Work Platform
As you can imagine, with the scope of the aerospace industry being so vast, the size, layout, and purpose of their manufacturing facilities vary greatly, depending on the company.   And due to the complexity of today’s aircrafts, each vehicle is comprised of thousands of parts, large and small.   Depending on the company, their manufacturing facility may be in charge of assembling full sized commercial airliners, or they could just make a small, yet important part of that plane. These larger facilities can be reach sizes over 4,000,000 square feet!  Although they are so massive, these facilities still need to be very specialized to successfully assemble their aircraft in the most efficient way possible.  In some cases, the facility may need a work platform in order to install a series of parts.  If the company decides to install a modular mezzanine system as their work platform, the structure will be able to be installed quickly and minimal downtime to the facility.  Plus, the structure is not permanent, so the company can uninstall and reinstall the mezzanine at their convenience.

In other instances, aerospace companies are manufacturing small precision parts.  These instruments must be crafted extremely accurately to ensure the mechanism will function properly, requiring them to be identical down to the microscopic level.  These circumstances require the parts to be factory-made in an environment called a clean room.  A clean room is a controlled area that is free from dust and other contaminants, allowing for precision manufacturing.  Using modular construction, a clean room can either be installed on site from our panelized wall systems and be ready to use in just a few days.  And, similar to our mezzanine systems, these rooms can be disassembled or moved to another location whenever needed.


Office Space

For many aerospace companies, their large facility provides plenty of room for the manufacturing and assembly of their products, however as their company grows they run out of office space for their other personnel.  Engineers, facility managers, and other supervisors typically require office space at least part of the time in order to complete their work.  And more importantly, the area should provide a peaceful and comfortable environment, separate, but not far from the facility.  This allows for the employees to concentrate on their work while enabling them to keep a close eye on their current project.Aerospace Office

Similar to its benefits on the manufacturing side, modular office systems can present a simple and efficient solution to office space needs.  Utilizing our panelized wall systems, Panel Built can deliver an inplant office that specifically fits your facility’s exact needs.  Panel Built has manufactured office systems for the top aerospace companies in the world, offering one, two and even three-story modular buildings.  These inplant offices can range in size from less than 100 square feet to over 10,000 square feet.  If your facility is particularly noisy, our wall partitions can be manufactured to increase the overall R-Value. Plus, we offer a one-hour fire rated wall panel that provides extra protection in facilities that incur an extra risk of fire due to flammable chemicals.  In addition to office space, the modular buildings offer the perfect environment for break rooms, conference rooms, and shipping offices.  Similarly to the mezzanine structures, one of the main benefits of our modular office systems are their minimal interruption in comparison to stick-built offices because the installation requires little to no facility downtime.


Overall, modular construction offers the aerospace industries a number of advantages over stick-built construction.  For large facilities, our structural steel mezzanine systems can provide a giant work platform to assemble or service aircrafts.  Plus, they can be used as catwalks to help employees avoid hazardous areas on the facility floor.  The modular office systems can provide a workspace that perfectly fits the company’s needs.  Whether big or small, one level or multi-level, sound proofing or fire rating, our offices are built custom-made for you.  With no project too big or small, Panel Built is will to accept any project to help address your space needs.

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7 Sectors That Could Improve through Modular Construction

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Warehouse MezzanineWarehousing

There is one aspect of the warehousing industry that is more important than just about all others, efficiency.  Whether it be efficiency in the storage of materials or efficiency in moving inventory from one area to another, continually improving your warehouse can save you an incredible amount of time and money, and these benefits will compound again and again… These are the exact type of space problems that Panel Built and modular construction provide solutions to.  There are so many different complications a busy warehouse can run into on a day to day basis, especially with a facility that just seems to keep growing.  One of the more frequent problems is a warehouse running out of storage space.  When the facility started, it may have been the proper size to run the operation. However, over time, work processes, inventory, and industries change, altering the size and space required for your warehouse to run properly.  Instead of moving into another facility altogether, modular mezzanine systems allow these warehouses to increase their storage space by taking advantage of the unused vertical space above the warehouse floor.  These steel mezzaninesprovide a fast and affordable alternative to moving to a new location or adding on to your warehouse.  Also, they can be used as catwalks and/or crossovers to allow employees to move about the warehouse more efficiently and safely.  Similarly, these mezzanine systems can provide overhead storage for conveyor systems that can move product around the facility in a more organized and systematic manner.  All in all, there are a lot of ways modular construction can make a warehouse more organized and less cluttered by utilizing the space that was unused before.

Tourism e.g. Parks and Attractions

No matter what the attraction, modular buildings can provide a low-cost and mobile solution for its ticket booth needs.  For example, in an amusement park, different rides and attractions can be featured at different times of the year like water rides during the Summer. In order to handle an influx of traffic to an area, adding an extra ticket booth can move customers through the lines at double the speed. However, at a different time of the year, the water ride probably will not draw as many guests because of the weather. Instead of buying double the buildings, a mobile ticket booth would allow you to simply use the same building in multiple parts of the park.  Plus, these mobile buildings can be designed and painted to meet your specific needs, so they can blend into the theme of the surrounding area.  And with Panel Built’s easy installation method, your park will see little to no downtime.  Plus, these buildings are designed to withstand the rigors of being transported to the job site, so the structural stability of the building will be more than satisfactory.

Military

On military forts and bases, access control plays a crucial part of securing the entire facility.  For this reason, modularized guard booths can play a vital role in providing extra security in their high-risk environment.  In these conditions, our guard shacks can be constructed to meet all NIJ and UL bullet resistance ratings to provide added protection for the occupants.  To ensure the longevity of the building, the structures are made from durable, low maintenance welded steel.  Plus, they can be outfitted with added security measures to customize the booth to the requirements of the location.  These bullet resistant structures come equipped with “no spall” glass to prevent shards of glass from breaking away from the window, causing injury.  As you can imagine, this type of increased security can provide important protection to the soldiers and officers, especially in these hazardous conditions.  In addition, Panel Built has manufactured a number of military grade steel mezzanines and catwalks to provide vital workspace for military bases and forts across the United States.  Also, Panel Built, Inc. is a GSA contract holder (#: GS-07F-0186X), awarded  in December 2010 as a small business concern offering total modular office storage solutions to government agencies at the best quality and best price our industry has to offer.

In-Plant OfficeManufacturing

In a manufacturing environment, inplant offices can provide a quick, and affordable solution to your space needs.  In many cases, the manufacturing facility will be a large area with a large amount of traffic with a lot of chaos and noise.  In order to combat this, modular offices provide a comfortable environment for supervisors and employees alike.  Oftentimes this area is used simply as office space in order to complete paperwork away from the loud manufacturing environment. However, these inplants can also provide the perfect area for a conference room or break room for your facility.  With their sound dampening wall panels, the new space will provide sound reduction, allowing for a more comfortable working environment for your employees.

Transportation

In the transportation and supply chain industry, providing security for your cargo and transportation hub.  Like many of the other industries and sectors mentioned, access control is essential to the day to day processes of transportation companies. With many different trucks coming in and out with oftentimes precious cargo, these companies not only have to promote the efficient and secure transportation of their freight, but also the threat of exploitation of their own supply line.  One of the many steps taken to reduce these threats involves increased security and limited access to the transportation hub and the freight coming in and out.  Providing a guard house at the access point not only allows you to monitor all the traffic flow but can also help prevent potential threats later on.  With a prefabricated guard booth, your security officers will have a comfortable environment and panoramic view.

School Guard Booth

Education

Just like these other sectors, schools are always growing, and they also need solutions to their space problems.  For instance, Panel Built has provided schools and universities with mezzanines, guard shacks, and even press boxes for their sports stadiums. The advantage modular construction has in this segment is its quick project times and low site disturbance.  Stick-built construction can carry with it unexpected delays which not many schools can afford to let happen.  However, due to the controlled environment that our structures are manufactured in, the project site can be prepped while the structure is actually being built, and you will not have to worry about project delay due to weather.  Also, using a combination of our structural steel mezzanine systems and prefabricated exterior buildings, we can deliver football, baseball, and soccer fields with first class press boxes that provide the perfect view of the game.

Government Agencies

Finally, many government agencies outside of the military can make use of the advantages of modular construction.  Due to the highly sensitive nature of most government information, these agencies require an office/meeting area that is secure against surveillance and data leakage.  For these instances, government agencies use SCIF rooms (or Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities).  These secure rooms provide protection against unauthorized personnel by suppressing the ability for electronic surveillance and protects against the entry of unauthorized personnel. Modular construction provides a benefit in this scenario due to its ability to provide this unique product in a short timeframe.  Due to the ever-changing nature of government strategy and intel, SCIF rooms can be needed sometimes at a moment’s notice; with our panelized wall system, the panels for the room can be put together while the site is being prepped, leaving only the installation left.

Ultimately, modular construction provides a great deal of flexibility in design and in application, along with an affordable price and short project times. If you want to learn more about modular construction, or start a modular construction project of your own, contact our sales team, or request a quote on our site.

9 Useful Applications for Prefabricated Security Booths

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Because every prefabricated building we make is custom built for each of our customers, they can be designed in a nearly limitless number of ways. We allow our customers to specify the exact appearance and function of their building in order to fulfill their unique needs. These prefab buildings can also be constructed out of a number of different materials; whether utilizing our panelized wall system, welded steel booths, or ballistic rated buildings, we will find the right material to fit your role. However, with so many different options available, it can be tough to see all the different applications of our products.


1. Guard HouseCustom Guard Booth

Starting off simple, Panel Built’s prefabricated booths provide you with the perfect way to maintain access control of your facility as a guard house. In this instance, the security boothwill be providing to vital services to your facility. First, it serves as a shelter to your security guards as they monitor all traffic in and out of your facility. This is important for two reasons: the building offers shelter from the elements for the guards, and just as important, it provides a sense of authority for the security officers, allowing them to do their jobs more efficiently. Finally, the guard house itself works as an effective deterrent to crime in and of itself. Would-be criminals or trespassers will absolutely think twice after they take notice of your beefed up security efforts.


2. Ticket Booth

Next, our prefabricated booths can be designed to function perfectly as a ticket booth for a theme park, sports facility, or even a county fair! As we previously noted, our custom made booths are always designed in order to take our customers’ needs into full consideration. In this instance, a ticket booth and a guard house would have some distinct differences in design, despite their similar nature. Typically, our ticket booth would contain a sliding glass window in order to provide simple and easy transactions. Also, due to our booths’ mobility, they can be forklifted and moved to any area of the park where it is needed. This allows you to always make the most effective use of the building, as opposed to one permanently fixed in one spot.


gatehouse3. Toll Booth

A prefabricated toll booth would actually be similar to a hybrid of the previous two applications. Our toll booths provide you a simple, quick and efficient way to collect entry fees on a bridge, roadway, or parking deck. These toll booths can work individually to collect at a single access point or multiple can be used like on a major interstate, to manage a large amount of traffic at a single time. Typically equipped with a gate, these affordable, prefabricated toll booths will easily make their money back in no time. Plus, similar to the ticket booths, they are mobile and can be moved to another toll area, extending their lifetime.


4. Information Kiosk

In this instance, your booth is going to be one of your main points of contact with your customers. Placed right after your entrance, an information kiosk offers a friendly hello to your customers and offers them information pamphlets on your facility or park. This station will provide first time visitors with all they need to know in order to easily navigate the park and have the best time possible. For aninformation kiosk, you will more than likely want a 360 view from the booth with sliding glass windows and a counter all the way around. This way, you will be able to service as many guests as possible, keeping traffic flowing smoothly into the facility.


5. Mobile Booth

Although the majority of our security booths are forkliftable, and therefore mobile, our trailer mounted booths allow you to transport your building at a moment’s notice.  For this specific application, the booth will be in an area where the protected area has a lot of traffic or the area of focus changes frequently.  These trailer mounted guard booths come with all of the same features as our standard booths mounted on a steel base.


Watch Tower6. Observation Tower

Slightly more unique, our observation towers take all of the aspects of our security booths and places it atop one of our steel tower systems to provide an enhanced view. These enclosed observation towers are used to offer a high, safe place to observe the surrounding area. For these buildings, we typically offer a 360o view of the area with windows all the way around the building. When these towers are used for security purposes, they act similar to a guard house, deterring potential criminals and providing comfort to your customers.


7. High Threat, Bullet Resistant Building

Our bullet resistant buildings are similar to our guard houses with the huge difference, of course, being that they provide extra protection in areas that are at higher risk of a threat. These buildings can be constructed to all UL and NIJ bullet resistance rating. Ultimately, these buildings are typically placed in areas like airports, correctional facilities, or military bases. However, they also can be utilized in facilities that contain or handle highly valuable goods. In most cases, our ballistic buildings come complete with bullet resistant, no spall glass to keep achieve the highest level of safety possible.


8. Valet Boothexteriors-shed-roofed-55

For businesses or restaurants that are looking to add a little bit of class to their operation, Panel Built can manufacture a valet booth to immediately give a good impression to your customers. With our unique designs, we can craft you a custom valet booth that seamlessly blends into the preexisting architecture. Each booth will provide your valet attendant with a comfortable and controlled area to store keys, valuables, and wait for the next customer.


9. Equipment Enclosure

Finally, this application, equipment enclosure, houses sensitive equipment to either shield them from the rain or protect it from overheating. Plus, with expensive equipment, the equipment enclosure will provide valuable protection from potential theft or vandalism. We utilize a number of HVAC options to ensure the correct operating temperature for your equipment, and we provide a variety of unique roll-up doors to ensure you can gain access to the equipment as conveniently as possible. We also provide extra soundproofing for our enclosures to reduce noise for employees working on-site.


Ultimately, our prefabricated exterior buildings provide a great deal of flexibility in design and in application. Plus, with Due to our panelized wall system and our willingness to provide each building custom-made, we are able to design, engineer, and manufacture a product that perfectly fits our customers’ specific needs. Plus, we provide our buildings turn-key, making the entire project as easy as possible for you. From design to installation, we can complete your project with little to no downtime.   If you want to learn more about modular construction, or start a modular construction project of your own, contact our sales team, or request a quote on our site.

8 Ways Panel Built Can Make Your Facility Safer

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In 2015, the transportation and warehousing industries had the second highest rate of injury per 100 full-time employees, and workers in these industries saw the most days away from work due to these injuries. Manufacturing was tied with construction with the fourth highest rate of injury. These incidents come in all shapes and sizes in large facilities, depending on the type of work being performed and the materials in the area.  Here are eight ways Panel
Built, Inc. can help you improve your workplace safety and security to help reduce hazards and injuries.

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1. Fire Rated Wall Panels

If your facility houses potentially flammable chemicals or materials, using fire rated wall panels for your office space could save lives (and may be mandatory depending on your insurance provider).  Panel Built, Inc. offers multiple different fire resistant wall panels, contingent upon what your facility needs.  For facilities that need a higher level of fire protection, we offer a one-hour fire rated wall panel that has been laboratory tested to withstand an open flame for 60 minutes.  Having a fire resistant modular structure will not only increase your peace of mind but will also provide peace of mind to your employees as well.


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Manufacturing plants with noise levels above 90 decibels are required by OSHA to minimize the working time in those areas and to provide earplug protection. Installing sound controlled rooms will maximize the productive time in an area. Panel Built’s modular offices can be fabricated to reduce the noise level on the inside to provide a much more comfortable environment in comparison to the noisy factory floor.


3. Mezzanines

Specifically in busy or overcrowded warehouses, adding a structural steel mezzanine system can allow you to free up a lot of space on the floor of your facility. A cluttered warehouse can not only slow down your work processes but can also create an unsafe environment for employees. By building up with a mezzanine you can avoid these problems and create additional work or storage space to reduce clutter.  Forklifts will then have more room to travel throughout the warehouse with fewer obstacles to run into.  Our mezzanine systems can also be used as catwalks to reduce the foot traffic in your facility.  Overall, the extra room that a mezzanine provides your facility will allow your work processes to flow smoother, and ultimately creates a safer and more organized warehouse.


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In facilities with frequent forklift traffic, barrier railing provides added protection to the equipment, inventory, and structures in your building.  Constructed from high strength steel, we offer both single and double rail systems that can withstand severe impacts.  Even when a forklift is traveling at low speeds, a forklift carrying a heavy load will have a lot of moment, enough to serious damage.  Plus, the barrier rails are powder coated in a bright yellow, making it easily visible and avoidable in your warehouse.


5. Swing and Pivot Gates

Many warehouses and facilities need open areas on their mezzanines in order to move materials on and off the platform.  However, having a giant area without any safety railing presents a huge safety risk for a company and its employees.  For this reason, Panel Built offers swing and pivot gates in order to close off the area while it is not in use, preventing unnecessary risk and injury.  These gates provide you with a little extra protection to provide as much safety as possible on top of an elevated work platform.  With the pivot gate, it ensures that there is railing surrounding the perimeter of the mezzanine at all times.


6. Guard BoothsBallistic Rated Booth

Another important aspect of your facilities safety is of course security.  Installing a guard booth in your facility provides you with the tried and true security method of access control. By controlling who goes in and who goes out of a property, you can ensure that only approved people can gain entry.  Plus, just having a guard booth and guard on duty has proven to be a successful deterrent to crime alone.

7. Ballistic Rated Buildings

Some facilities need more protection than others due to a higher threat level.  In these situations, installing a ballistic rated building not only gives you the advantage of access control to your facility, but also the peace of mind that your security team will be protected in case of a threat.  These buildings can be fabricated to all UL and NIJ bullet resistance levels.  They come complete with bullet resistant windows and doors for maximum protection.


8. Support and Attention to Detail

At Panel Built, our mission is to provide the best possible space solutions to our customers with excellence and great customer service.  We commit ourselves to this every day. And in order to do this, we focus solely our customer’s specific needs and do whatever it takes to go above and beyond their expectations.  Through our unwavering support, we believe that we will provide you the perfect solution to your space needs and can make your facility better and safer as whole because of it.

 

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