Demountable Wall Systems

Once stigmatized as an unnecessary and expensive alternative, demountable wall systems have become a more cost effective as the cost of standard construction materials grew and flexible high-traffic work environments gained prominence. Additionally, its faster assembly compared to standard construction materials means projects utilizing these systems complete earlier. We offer expert pricing services to all our clients who have a need for these wall systems and provide packaged solutions that balance its cost and implementation.


Demountable Wall Systems 

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For construction projects, at times it is said that the most important considerations are cost, cost, and cost. The importance of maintaining a low-cost structure is the reason that demountable wall systems were not widely adopted as a construction option when they were first introduced. But recently, they are getting more attention.

These walls offer flexibility and functionality and they can be installed very easily. When they were first introduced they weren’t competitive with standard walls on a cost basis. Only very large organizations, like Boeing and the government, were using these types of partitions.  Since their office complexes were so large, often in excess of 150,000 square feet, this system worked well for them both from a cost and production standpoint. For smaller offices, demountable partitions weren’t cost effective. The combination of high costs and few design options made them unpopular with the design and architectural community.

Over time, standard wall systems have become increasingly expensive so that demountable walls have been an increasingly viable option. What makes them advantageous is their flexibility. For managers of facilities, this is what makes paying more for them justifiable. When a work space must be rearranged, it’s far less costly when they are used as opposed to tearing down drywall.

Examining Costs

When examining the initial costs between demountable walls and standard construction there are a number of considerations. Depending upon the particulars of a project and the type of glass or solid panel walls that are utilized, these wall systems will have a cost that ranges from $1.50 to $3.00 more per square foot than standard walls.

Nevertheless, that difference in cost may be offset by some other factors. The first consideration is that demountable walls are much faster to construct and can save up to four weeks on a construction schedule. This can allow earlier occupations so that building owners start getting income sooner, depending upon how the lease is structured.

Another cost savings factor may be the potential savings in taxes over the term of a lease. The costs of these space dividers may be structured so that whoever purchase them, the landlord or the tenant, gets a savings in taxes over a period of five years. This savings in taxes must be examined for each individual case and structured to match the financial requirements of each company; nevertheless, this is an available option.

Lastly, facility managers will realize a significant savings when an office needs to be rearranged when demountable walls are present. A typical cost of reconfiguring an office may be about $16,000 for each office. Offices that have these walls can be reconfigured for far less, nearly half the cost.

Satisfied Occupants

Another factor to consider is the amount of disruption that occurs when standard construction must be reconfigured. Reconfiguring standard walls is usually quite time consuming and messy, and may take several weekends. If these walls are used, the reconfiguration can usually be accomplished in a single weekend.

With these types of walls, you won’t need to be concerned about debris, dust, and drying times, so there will be much fewer complaints by occupants. This is an important consideration for organizations that will reconfigure their offices every year or two.

While these systems still have an initial cost premium, a number of factors are helping them to be considered again.

First, manufacturers of demountable walls have been feverishly at work upgrading their designs. Once a product that had few design options, they now are offered in a variety of component options and finishes.

These design options are particularly attractive to organizations who are seeking ways to minimize the impact a reconfiguration project has and maintain a pleasant work environment for employees. Demountable wall systems now have design choices that work well with an environment of open offices, which is frequently attractive to younger workers. These wall systems work great for “flex space” designs and “collaboration areas” that are part of many office cultures. They allow the process of construction to fit the needs of a design, as opposed to making the design fit into the construction process.

Demountable walls are flexible, but their manufacturers have also designed them to be efficient and functional, in order to create a smart office space. One thing they have done is to build in telecommunication and electrical systems. The system is connected into one place for each office. Manufacturers have also been investigating creating access points over the entire wall system to create more versatility in the location of outlets and terminals to match various types of office layouts.

Finally, complete systems of office furniture have compatibility with particular wall systems, creating seamless support and attachment points that can be reconfigured easily without the need to order new components and furniture.