People resist change. It’s not necessarily a fear of change but that we are wired to be creatures of habit. This logic makes sense: if “A” has been done for some time and “A” works then “A” must be a good way to do things. Why change what works and risk a different result? The answer: If we don’t recognize the value of change and accept it, the human race might go the way of the dinosaurs.
The modular building industry has not experienced any significant changes in the past 50 years. Mobile offices or trailers have served various industries for decades – unchanged – and successfully checked off all the boxes for reliability, timeliness and cost. Plus, what exactly can you do to this efficient, moveable box that will make such a difference? Actually, Williams Scotsman proved you can do quite a lot.
Innovating the Modular Space with the AS Flex
AS Flex is an innovative product. Let’s break it down. Flex is a panelized modular office: It is composed of a floor, a roof and a set of interchangeable exterior wall panels. Those interchangeable panels make it less expensive and easier to customize than a traditional mobile office. Flex is a ground-level unit – no “trailer” tires elevating the office entry and requiring steps – that allows easier and safer access. The AS Flex can expand horizontally and vertically – up to three stories, provided at least two coupled units form the first floor. Flex is compact and uniform in size; it’s only available in a 20’ x 8’ footprint without a “hitch” to contend with.
The panelized product, developed in Europe by Algeco and called the Progress line there, was used successfully overseas for years. Cities there were established hundreds of years ago and the streets tend to be narrow. It would be very difficult or simply impossible for our familiar traditional mobile office to make its way to a delivery location. Add in the fact that space is at a premium so the only way to expand is usually up and you’ll see it’s a no-brainer why a compact, stackable unit was the perfect solution.
Benefits of the AS Flex
As a member of the Algeco Scotsman family, members of the William Scotsman team got to see the Progress line and recognized its potential stateside. Its clean lines, flexibility and efficient use of space were unlike any other modular solution available in the US. After a great deal of due diligence and adapting the product to meet US codes, the first units arrived in NJ in late 2012. To gauge customer acceptance of this new approach to the mobile office, the product was initially introduced in the NY/NJ metro area where space can be as precious as in any European counterpart. Consensus was Williams Scotsman had a winner because AS Flex:
- Offers up to an 85% footprint reduction
- Can often be set up 75% faster than traditional modular products
- Saves many customers up to 50% on delivery fees, $300/month on accessibility fees and as much as $3,000 on customization fees
- Meets the most current US energy codes
- Employs LED lighting, which reduces eye fatigue
- Incorporates more window space than a traditional mobile office
What is the profile of an AS Flex end user? Generally speaking, if the appearance of a temporary space solution is a prime concern, AS Flex is your choice. Because of its modern exterior, AS Flex is a perfect match for high-visibility situations like broadcast or press centers, hospitality suites, ticket booths, engineering site offices, pop-up retail shops or an upscale property’s marketing office. Private and charter schools also appreciate its ground level entry and bright interior.
Finding AS Flex Construction Trailers Near You
Now that you know a little more about AS Flex and are receptive to a “change”, you probably want to know where the product is available now. The geographical locations served by AS Flex have certainly expanded beyond the NY/NJ metro area and it can be leased (AS Flex is only available for lease) for projects in Boston, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Salt Lake City, Honolulu, Cherry Hill, Hartford and Washington, DC.
Traditional mobile offices still offer value and are absolutely the right choice for a number of situations. However, if you have a project that calls for a different approach, consider AS Flex. You will never be accused of being a dinosaur.