Frequently Asked Questions

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About us

Who are we?
Marvel Buildings is a leading American modular building manufacturer. We specialize in complex high added value speciality buildings, such as prefabricated showers, and projects, like temporary housing for workforce and homeless people. Our modular buildings aim to be an affordable, fast-to-deploy, simple and sustainable alternative to traditional construction.
What is our vision?
Our vision is to revolutionize the construction industry by embracing modularity. We believe that the future of construction is modular.
What defines us?
We streamline construction projects: We are committed to providing a seamless and frictionless customer experience. As a modular construction company, we understand that building can be a complicated and stressful process. That's why we provide an efficient framework and process that makes building with us as easy and straightforward as possible.

We focus on challenging buildings: At Marvel Buildings, we specialize in complex high added value specialty buildings. We understand that these types of buildings present unique challenges to our customers, and we are committed to providing turnkey solutions that make the process as easy and straightforward as possible.

We don't build, we manufacture: Our company operates like a manufacturing company not a traditional construction company. We use manufacturing techniques and technology to produce our prefabricated buildings in a controlled environment. This allows us to ensure consistent quality, accurate build times, and cost certainty. We have rigorous quality checks throughout the manufacturing process to ensure that our buildings meet the highest standards.

We believe modular construction can save the planet: We are dedicated to creating the most sustainable modular buildings for our customers. We are proud to offer our clients a high-quality, energy-efficient and eco-friendly approach to modular construction that significantly reduces their environmental footprint.
Where are our modular buildings manufactured?
Our modular buildings are designed, engineered and manufactured in-house. Our factory is located in Portland, Oregon. We pride ourselves on offering a product made in the USA and being part of the American modular construction industry.
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What is a modular building ?
A modular building is a type of construction composed of prefabricated components that are manufactured off-site and shipped to a desired location to be installed on-site. A modular building can be used for all types of applications (sanitary, housing, shelters...).
Why choose one of your standard models?
Our standard floor plans  are pre-designed, and pre-engineered proven models  made by our in-house product team. Choosing one of our models saves you time, reduces design and engineering cost, and simplifies your customer experience, while benefiting from our valuable design, engineering and manufacturing experience. We have a large library of models that can be changed and customized. Ask our team for more information.
I have a custom project, can you manufacture it?
If you have a specific project, we will be more than happy to take a look at it and see if we can help.
Are your modular buildings delivered 100% finished?
Our modular buildings are delivered "95% finished". They come fully-equipped, with all MEP pre-installed, and pre-inspected.
What size options do you offer?
Modular buildings are like "Legos". You can connect them and create space as large as you want.
I’m in a remote location with no access to water or power. Do you offer off-grid options?
Yes, we have off-grid options. For water, we can provide a separate module with self-contained fresh water and waster water tanks than connects with the kitchen module. For power, our units can be connected to an electric generator.
Are your modular buildings for temporary or permanent use?
Our modular building is designed, engineered and manufactured to be used for both permanent and temporary use.
Can you manufacture a multi-story building?
Yes, our modular buildings are stackable and can be use to create a multi-story building.
What services are included in your offer?
Design, engineering, manufacturing, shipping and on-site installation assistance are part of our service.
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Are your modular buildings insulated?
Our units are all very well insulated and respect local building code to guarantee best comfort and energy efficiency. Our modular buildings are designed and engineered to resist extreme weather conditions. We have units deployed in various extreme weather locations such as Alaska, the Caribbean or Sub-Saharan Africa.
What is the ceiling height?
The ceiling height is approximately 8FT. Engineering plans specify the exact ceiling height.
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What exterior finish options are available?
Our modular buildings are delivered with a corrugated metal exterior finish. During the design phase, customers can specify their color of choice for the paint. Our units can be finished on-site with any type of cladding (metal, wood…) or vinyl wrap.


How does plumbing work in your modular buildings?
The unit is shipped pre-plumbed. The drains and the fresh water line stubs down from the bottom of the building. Drain lines are accessible from the outside of the building through a trench access point. All information related to plumbing is specified in our engineering plans.
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Are you modular buildings equipped with AC?
Yes, our prefabricated come with AC pre-installed.


Are you modular buildings code-compliant?
Yes, we manufacture to code and deliver modular buildings respecting local building code. 100% of our customers had their local building code delivered. We provide stamped engineering plans for local permitting.
Do I need a local building permit for short-term or temporary use?
We recommend contacting your local building permit for more information.

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