We’ve discussed in past posts that modular construction decreases design and construction time by up to 50%, with fewer change orders, earlier occupancy, and improved cash flow. However, these benefits are particularly significant in regards to educational facilities due to enrollment changes. Furthermore, there are several ways portable wood buildings and other modular structures can be used to advance the goals of various educational institutions. Here are just three practical uses for school portables.
The overwhelming reason to use portable classrooms is the speed of delivery (35%) followed by shifting enrollments (26%) and the relatively inexpensive nature of the classrooms (25%). Knowing this, it makes sense that school portables are often used for basic classroom purposes, from pre-k classes all the way through secondary education. But don’t get the wrong idea about their simplicity — modular classrooms are designed with state of the art features, ensuring an efficient and appealing environment that’s conducive to student learning and growth.
Science is an integral subject of education at almost any age, and it encompasses such a wide range of branches, from biology to chemistry, physics, and more. The more exposure students can get to scientific learning processes, the better understanding they’ll have of the environment around them. With that in mind, portable wood buildings can be customized to meet the needs of any educational facility and be equipped with the proper technology fundamental to learning.
Finally, libraries are often underfunded in traditional education environments, making modular structures a great alternative. The initial cost of a portable classroom was found to be between 36% and 77% of the cost of a site-built classroom addition. Plus, new building methods have furthered the sustainable benefits of modular classroom construction. In fact, the Northwest Portable Classroom Project conducted by Washington State University in 2003 found that portables built to the 1993 code were 44% more energy efficient than models built 25 years prior. Furthermore, portables built to 2000 codes are 20% more energy efficient than the 1993 models. Knowing this, it goes without saying that a modular structure can bridge the critical gap that opens students’ minds to the wonderful world of books.
As you can see, there’s a reason why nearly 40% of the 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. Call us today to get your modular classroom addition started.