Metal Framing Kits for Volumetric Modular Construction

US Frame Factory is an experienced manufacturer of metal framing kits for volumetric modular builds. Volumetric modular is the assembly of pre-manufactured, completed sections that are stacked and joined to create a building. Ideally, only minimal site work involving the connection of utilities is necessary. Metal frame kits with pre cut studs and tracks with holes ready for simple assembly lend themselves well to modular repeated construction.

Rigging of module of a metal framing kit for modular construction

Benefits of factory Metal Framing in Modular

  • Ease of assembly: Metal kits are pre-cut, labeled, and can be assembled without cutting anything and only using self tapping screws. You don’t need a traditional “skilled framer” or other costly things like a framing table.
  • Lighter Weight: Metal studs are lighter with the same or more strength when compared to wood framing. This is a factor as the cost of setting volumetric modules will vary based on how large a crane you have to rent to set your modules.
  • Conduit holes: All conduit holes are pre-punched to allow for plumbing and electrical wiring. Perfect for repeatable module construction.
  • Zero waste: We here at US Frame Factory have about 2% waste of material used. Once you line up what type of kit you’re using waste will be negligent.
  • Fire and Model Resistant: Metal is not a food source for insects or rodents, so it is less likely to be damaged by pests. Steel studs are fire-resistant and do not contribute to the spread of flames, making them a good choice for areas with high fire risk. Lower insurance rates are possible.

Engineering and Estimation Factors

  • Insulation: Metal studs conduct more easily than their wood counterparts, reducing the effectiveness of insulation and have lower R-value, making them less efficient at insulation compared to other materials. To improve insulation, additional materials or different wall design may be necessary.
  • Cost: Upfront wood framing is generally less expensive than metal stud framing kits. However you must factor in ease of assembly, lower insurance rates, longer product life times. For renting buildings its usually a better investment to use metal studs as maintaining and refurbishing will be cheaper. For building to sell its might be easier to sell if you’ve built out of wood as it will be cheaper to sell the unit and have a faster return on investment.
  • Strength Properties: Metal is stronger in tension, wood is stronger in compression due to its compact nature. We reinforced our steel modules with wood 2×8 before setting them. Click here to learn more about how to rig a Light Gauge Steel Module. You must engineer with lifting the module in mind.

What’s the process of getting a metal framing kit for your Modular build like?

We will look at your existing architectural drawings and give you a broad price range. Then for a small fee, we can draft them on AGACAD Revit software. Once a 3D model is made we will give accurate price estimates and draft shop drawings for production. Kits are sent as wall panels or unassembled metal bundles whatever the client needs. All studs are labeled.

Assembly and Fastening

All Metal studs are labeled and fastened together with self-tapping screws. Screw holes are pre-punched allowing stud and track to “lock into another”. Multiple screws are added where connections need to be stronger. Assembly can be completed with only using a drill.

Case Example

Checkout this matterport scan of a 3D rural health clinic we built in Louisiana. This was assembled using zero structural welding or red iron. These are the two modules in our warehouse per-transportation.

Need help with your build? Consult us

We here at US Frame Factory are experienced with modular construction and would be happy to give advice and recommendations to those interested in starting a modular construction company.

Ideal Uses

  • Bathroom Pods
  • Modular Healthcare Facilities
  • Multi-family Residential
  • Hotel Room Pods Modular Data Centers
  • Battery Energy Storage
  • Modular Kitchens
  • Storage Facilities
  • Modular Bank Buildings
  • Modular Equipment shelters
  • School Class Room Modules
  • Office Modules
  • Modular Retail Buildings
  • Modular Prison Cells
  • Rural Health Clinics