You can add the U.S. Navy to the list of people and organizations who have recognized the power and benefit of modular construction.
When the wooden housing units on the U.S. Navy outpost on Andros Island in the Bahamas had deteriorated after three decades of island weather and wear, the Navy decided against stick-built replacements and opted instead for concrete modular houses. The units were created by Royal Concrete Concepts in West Palm Beach, Florida, which specializes in “concrete alternatives to traditional building methods and materials” (although only about 15 percent of its U.S. work is residential).
Although modular construction has been proven to be stronger than stick-built building methods, the Navy’s new concrete modular homes are even stronger, making them much more resistant to hurricanes and coastal weather conditions. Other benefits, according to a Builder magazine article, are the units’ low maintenance and improved energy efficiency.