LOS ANGELES—As the modular construction industry—comprised ofcompanies that construct major components of buildings in factoriesthat can be efficiently assembled at a build site—develops improvedcapabilities and continues to offer an affordable supplement toon-the-ground construction crews, more developers have reason toconsider this unique construction solution. Modular componentsusually include entire rooms or units, and once constructed inmultifamily or mixed-use development, are transported to projectsites, stacked by cranes like Lego blocks and assembled bycontractors on site. Choosing this method can bring dramaticsavings, but there are risks associated with this type ofconstruction that developers need to know.

We sat down with RobCampbell, Los Angeles-based partner atCox, Castle &Nicholson, to get an inside look at precautionarymeasures that developers should consider before beginninga modular construction project.

GlobeSt.com: As a construction lawyer, you areexposed to disputes that range from project delays to scope issuesto damages scenarios. How does introducing the element of modularconstruction help or hinder a project?

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