Rose Office Systems

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a modular building?
  2. How much do your buildings cost?
  3. Do your buildings have plumbing / electricity / air conditioning pre-installed?
  4. What finishes are available for my building?
  5. Can I make a change to a standard Stock Fleet floorplan?
  6. Do you offer “Turn Key” jobs?
  7. What are poured concrete footers and am I required to have them?
  8. What is the height of the building off the ground?
  9. Do I have to hire a contractor?
  10. How long will it take to get a building in place on my site?
  11. Can my building have a pitched roof?
  12. What is the lifespan of your modular buildings?
  13. What are my financing options?
  14. Are the buildings ADA accessible?
  15. Do your buildings meet code requirements for my state?
  16. Can you build a two story or multistory building?
  17. What is wind loading and how does it apply to my building?
  18. What is the warranty on your buildings?

1. What is a modular building?
Modular buildings are built on an assembly line by a manufacturer and delivered to your site by over-the-road trucks. The individual modules are assembled onsite by our experienced setup crew. Our crew handles all of the trim-out of the interior and exterior matelines between the modules. Because the modulars are built in a controlled environment they have a much faster construction time frame than standard stick-built or site-built construction.

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2. How much do your buildings cost?
In today's economy, modular buildings make more sense than ever before. Modular buildings offer substantial cost savings over commercial site-built construction - often more than 50% savings! Contact a Rose sales representative today to discuss pricing on your new commercial modular building.

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3. Do your buildings have plumbing / electricity / air conditioning pre-installed?
In most cases all of the plumbing and lighting fixtures are installed by the factory before it arrives at your site. If you have a t-grid ceiling some of the lighting might be installed onsite. The electrical outlets are prewired in the walls and connected to a panel box in each module by the factory. The air conditioning systems are attached to the exterior of the units and the ductwork is run through the attic cavity. The plumbing fixtures are stubbed out under the bottom of the building and must be connected to the sewer or septic system on site. We include empty J-boxes throughout the building for telephone, cable or other data port wiring to be pulled and connected onsite by a licensed utility contractor. After the building is setup on your site you will need to hire licensed electricians, plumbers, and telephone installers to connect the outside utilities to the building. Specialty items such as alarm or sprinkler systems are not provided and must be installed by the customer onsite if needed.

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4. What finishes are available for my building?
Gone are the days of the cheap "trailer" look. Today's modular buildings can easily rival conventional construction in both quality and visual appeal. Adding minor details such as concrete board siding in either wood look or stucco patterns, 5" crown molding, excellent flooring, and options such as 9 foot ceilings make offices and classrooms very bright and spacious.  In order to suit almost any preference, we offer floorplans in a wide variety of quality levels. To see photographs of finishes and specifications of each building quality level click on the links below:

Click here for our Custom Series Specifications
Click here for our Commercial Series Specifications
Click here for our Standard Specifications

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5. Can I make a change to a standard website floorplan?
Yes, we can customize your modular building to suit your interior design preferences and office space needs. We offer buildings ranging from under 900 square feet to over 20,000 square feet. We have a design team on staff that can work to accommodate virtually any type of commercial application.

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6. Do you offer “Turn Key” jobs?
No, we do not offer turn key service with our buildings.  Your responsibilities as the customer include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepare a level and easily accessible site pad for the building
  • Obtain any necessary local permits and handle all zoning and building permit issues
  • Notify Rose Office Systems if city code requires poured concrete footers.  If so, additional setup charges will apply
  • Have any underground utilities clearly marked by the utility companies before setup
  • Install and hook up any and all utility connections by a licensed contractor ( power, water, sewer, phone, etc.)
  • Install any and all sprinkler systems and fire alarms if required by code
  • Provide all smoke detectors and fire extinguishers
  • Provide all mini-blinds and window treatments
  • Provide any storm shutters, impact rated windows or doors if required by code
  • Provide kitchen appliances and any additional furniture, fixtures, etc. not in quote
  • Provide any and all decks, ramps, entrances, landscapes, parking lots, signage, etc.
  • Provide insurance liability and casualty coverage from time of delivery to site.
  • Provide a dumpster at the site for removal of all trash after setup is complete. If dumpster is not provided, Customer will be responsible for trash removal.

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7. What are poured concrete footers and am I required to have them?
Poured concrete footers are small slabs of concrete that are poured below every pier under the building. Sometimes we utilize a foundation pad instead of poured concrete. These are usually placed every 6 feet or so along the matelines and perimeter of the building. Your local building inspector will determine if you are required to have concrete footers. If your local code requires that your building have poured concrete footers, additional charges will be applied to your quote for the price of labor and materials.

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8. What is the height of the building off the ground?
On a level site pad a standard modular building will be approximately 36” to 40” off the ground.  There will be a ventilated crawlspace that is enclosed around the perimeter with site installed skirting material that will match the exterior siding material of your building.  You will be responsible for building any steps, decks or handicapper ramps to allow entry into the building.  Some of our customers prefer a ground level entry which is possible to create with site preparation.

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9. Do I have to hire a contractor?
No, you do not have to hire a contractor, although some of our customers prefer to have a local contractor oversee the installation of their building.  We are happy to work parallel with your contractor to make the transition into your building as smooth as possible.  If you choose not to hire a contractor, please be prepared to handle all of the items listed above.

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10. How long will it take to get a building in place on my site?
Since our modules are constructed on an assembly line at the factory and setup on your site nearly completed, our lead times are extremely fast. From the time the order is placed our buildings can be on your site within 4 to 12 weeks, depending on the season.  Please note that there may be some exceptions to this such as natural disasters driving up the demand for our product.  This fast lead time is just another benefit of modular construction.  As you may know, typical site built construction can take from 6 months to a year to complete.

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11. Can my building have a pitched roof?
At this time our buildings are only available with a square mansard roofline.  Because our buildings must travel down the road we are limited by height restrictions such as bridges, etc.  The standard height of our modular buildings are 14’ 8” or higher in some cases.  We have had several customers add a site-built roof to our buildings using a local roofing contractor.  If you want the look of a traditional gabled roof it is possible to achieve in modular construction.

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12. What is the lifespan of your modular buildings?
Since we utilize good quality materials for our buildings, you should expect our Standard and Commercial Series buildings to last at least 25 to 30 years or even longer in a permanent application with proper care and maintenance.   Our buildings are built in the same fashion as stick-built construction.  In fact, oftentime they are built even sturdier to withstand the transportation process.  In effect, we "hurricane test" the building as it travels to your site at 55 miles per hour.  Our modular buildings are built to last with high quality name brands products that you can trust.

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13. What are my financing options?
We offer three options for our buildings.

  1. Outright cash sale.  Contact your bank or lending institution to discuss your options.
  2. Monthly rental option with a two year minimum contract subject to credit approval.  There is no equity build up with this option since you return the building at the end of the rental contract.
  3. Finance lease with $1.00 buyout at the end of the term.  We have several lenders who can work with you to provide financing so that you would own the building outright at the end of the lease term.  Subject to credit approval.

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14. Are the buildings ADA accessible?
Yes, all of our coded buildings are built to meet handicap accessibility requirements and IBC code.  This include 36” wide doorways throughout the building and large restrooms with a 5 foot turning radius.

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15. Do your buildings meet code requirements for my state?
All of our buildings are required to meet the code requirements before they can be delivered to your site.  Our buildings meet International Building code as well as the occupancy code for the individual customer’s usage (i.e. Business, Educational, etc) having the state seals. The seals are located in the panel box in the building.

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16. Can you build a two story or multistory building?
No. At this time we only build single story modulars.

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17. What is wind loading and how does it apply to my building?
Windloading is the miles per hour of wind the building is required to withstand based on a three second wind gust.  The wind load requirements of a building are based on their location and distance from the coastline.  The closer to the water a building is the higher the windload must be and the further inland the lower the windload.  On the coast the windload requirements are between 130-140 mph, but typical inland windload requirements is between 100-120 mph.

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18. What is the warranty on your buildings?
All of our modular buildings, including custom buildings, will have a standard 12 month factory warranty.

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