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2 Major Reasons Schools Are Investing in Portable Buildings

Permanent Modular Construction (PMC) projects are 60% to 90% completed in a factory-controlled environment and transported and assembled at the final building site. By now, many people understand the benefits associated with various types of portable storage buildings and other modular options. But there is still some mystery surrounding school portables in particular, because many people don’t quite seem to understand all of the benefits they can provide. Here are just a few reasons so many schools are investing in school portables.

Increased Enrollment

An overcrowded school that has more students than it’s equipped to handle will negatively impact the quality of education it can provide. At the same time, renovations can be costly and incredibly time-consuming. Many schools compromise by investing in a portable solution that gives staff and students the resources to maintain a high level of learning and quality of education regardless of location. In addition, portable units are more cost effective than permanent structures. In fact, the initial cost of a portable classroom was found to be between 36% and 77% of the cost of a site-built classroom addition. The bottom line is that as long as each student has the resources they need to be successful, anything is possible, and many times, portable school buildings are the perfect solution to accommodate for growth.


The most cited reason to use portable classrooms was speed of delivery (35%) followed by shifting enrollments (26%) and the relatively inexpensive nature of the classrooms (25%). However, school portables are also very versatile and can be customized in shape, size, and design. So if you’re in need of a multi-purpose classroom that fits a wide variety of educator and student needs, portable is the way to go. There are countless ways to ensure that your portable classroom will meet the needs of your students while remaining a much more affordable alternative to a traditional school addition.

Ultimately, nearly 40% of contractors surveyed said that prefab and modular construction is a growing part of their companies as well as part of their future strategic construction initiatives. Understanding why so many schools are investing in school portables is the key to determining whether they may be a worthwhile addition that can help meet your students’ needs. For more information about portable storage buildings and other modular units, contact ABS.

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