Used modular school buildings are continuing to grow in popularity as an affordable, efficient, and sustainable educational solution. 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. Further, portables built to 2000 codes are 20% more energy efficient than the 1993 models. If your school has recently invested in used modular school buildings to increase educational efficiency, it’s important to use them practically and make the most of the space and resources you have. Here are just a few tips that can help any educational facility make the most of its school portables and other modular buildings.
Ensure each modular unit has its own bathroom.
First, it’s important to remember that teachers and students will need to use the restrooms throughout the day and to keep things convenient and minimize the time students have to leave class, it helps to make sure bathrooms are as accessible as possible. Despite the fact that the initial cost of a portable classroom was found to be between 36% and 77% of the cost of a site-built classroom addition, not all modular classrooms come equipped with restrooms. But ideally, there should be one restroom per modular classroom for easy access for all students.
Invest in covered walkways for times of inclement weather.
Finally, if you’re investing in a high number of used modular school buildings, it’s best to cover the walkways for days when it’s rainy or snowy. This keeps students and teachers dry while walking between classes, and it also increases safety by reducing the chance of slippery floors.
The overwhelming reason to use portable classrooms was the speed of delivery (35%) followed by shifting enrollments (26%) and the relatively inexpensive nature of the classrooms (25%). But despite the reason for your modular classroom investment, keeping these tips in mind can help optimize the day to day educational experience for students and teachers alike.