We can Weather any Weather!

Imagine getting to work in the morning and opening the door to your office, or striding down the hall to your cubicle, only to discover your desk, floor, chair, computer, phone—all of it, piled high with snow or soaked with water. Now imagine that you needed an important presentation on that computer, or a valuable file buried somewhere on your desk.
A prefabricated module from PCL’s PMC (Permanent Modular Construction) facility being installed onsite.A prefabricated module from PCL’s PMC
(Permanent Modular Construction) facility being
installed onsite.
Doesn’t sound great, does it?
Construction work runs through all seasons, hot, dry, wet, windy, and cold. We may feel bad for a crew working in sweltering heat, but it’s even worse when the crews aren’t on the job because of weather. And it can happen in any season—this spring the Don Valley Parkway, a major arterial route in Toronto, was closed because of massive flooding after a rainstorm.

The Costs of Weather

Weather delays can have a big financial impact on construction projects: workers are paid overtime to get back on schedule, there may be clean-up costs, or a project might miss its schedule and so can’t be given over to owners or opened to tenants. And it isn’t a rare concern—studies have shown that over the course of a year, a project loses an average of two working days per month because of environmental factors.
But there’s a solution for many projects. Permanent Modular Construction is able to limit these kinds of problems by building various project components in a controlled environment.

A Solution to Weather Problems

PCL’s PMC production plant is typically open and able to keep operating, even during bad weather. We can build rooms, install fixtures, and make significant progress on projects that would otherwise be halted. And this is all done with no impact on safety or productivity (though some days we may close earlier to allow workers to get home safely).
Working inside, warm and dry, can help take weather out of the equation. That’s just one of the many major benefits of using PMC and prefabrication approaches.
So remember that the weather doesn’t have to stop your project. PCL’s PMC team can help you get work done off-site instead. Together, we can keep building on budget and on time (and perhaps even faster)!


  • Hi Jessie. Our PMC refers to the method in which we build - in a controlled off-site factory environment - rather than the contractual delivery method. If you want to learn more about the full potential of this approach, I would recommend you visit our Permanent Modular Construction page under Services that Deliver here on pcl.com, or www.modular.org which is the website for the Modular Building Institute, which is the global industry association for PMC. This methodology is being used in China, and in fact we have seen a lot of Chinese modular manufacturers looking to export their products into North America. One of the best success examples of Chinese prefabrication is Broad Group. They got wide recognition for a YouTube video showing them erecting a 30 storey building in 15 days. They are currently working on a 220 storey building that has a timeline of 7 months to build - this will be the tallest building in the world! Thanks for your interest in PCL and PMC!

    Mark Taylor
  • Dear Mark: I read your article just now, i was attracted by your headtitle. This is my first time to hear PMC. I searched internet, there is one kind of construction project management process called PMC. It means deal with all the processes by the second part instead of the owner. But your PMC is not popular in China, maybe you can expand and introduce it to China.That's my personal opinion.

    Jessie Wei


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