Modular construction decreases design and construction time by up to 50%, with fewer change orders, earlier occupancy and improved cash flow. With that in mind, these economic and practical benefits can easily help schools everywhere to save money. Finished portable buildings are useful in countless situations from residential, to commercial, to religious, and more. And in an educational setting, portable classrooms have countless advantages. Here’s part one of our guide that will explore the many ways schools can save money with modular classrooms.
More Affordable Construction
As with all modular construction projects, finished portable buildings cost much less than their traditional counterparts. That being said, if your school or educational facility is overcrowded and has the dire need to be able to accommodate extra students, investing in portable classrooms is an affordable and timely solution.
In fact, the overwhelming reason to use portable classrooms was speed of delivery (35%) followed by shifting enrollments (26%) and the relatively inexpensive nature of the classrooms (25%). Keeping these elements in mind, portable classrooms are perfect for providing quick and easy accommodations for extra students at a price you can afford.
Increased Energy Efficiency
Many schools and educational facilities don’t even think about this added bonus, but the fact is that 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. This means that by investing in school portables and other reasonable modular buildings for your education facility, you’re saving money on the energy that would be needed to power traditionally constructed classrooms and buildings. These savings can be reallocated to areas that need more funding, such as school supplies for students and other necessary materials.
Ultimately, understanding why modular classrooms can save schools money is the key to determining the best ways for your educational facility to handle student growth. Keep an eye out for the next post, where we’ll discuss some more ways portable classrooms can save your school money.