One of the most important elements of productive teaching and learning in a school is the classroom itself. To meet increasing needs for additional classroom space, as well as to stay within the tight budget constraints, many public, private and charter schools have started opting for green modular classroom spaces to keep up with their growing enrollments.
While modular construction is not a new concept, in recent years the commercial modular construction industry has undergone tremendous technological improvements and innovations, implementing processes and materials to build greener, and architecturally complex learning facilities. Moreover, the industry has been at the forefront of utilizing an impressive number of environmentally friendly building materials, and green construction and design practices. As a result, modular construction companies are in a unique position to meet the schools’ demands for durable, safe, greener, budget-friendly buildings and classrooms that meet or exceed accelerated project timelines, and pose minimal disruption to learning.
Benefits of modular construction for schools:
Minimal Disturbance to Learning
Modular construction takes place offsite, at a factory, where the whole process is done using highly efficient, assembly-line techniques, and is controlled from beginning to end. Once a project is completed in the factory, the building components are then transported to the site for installation. This process greatly minimizes the traffic from workers, equipment and suppliers. With school in session for most of the year, offsite construction eliminates the need to coordinate a construction schedule that will not interfere with learning. This process also minimizes disruption to teaching and learning present on regular construction sites, with high levels of noise, and many visual distractions. Finally, students, parents and school personnel do not have to worry about safety. With offsite modular construction there is minimal dust, debris, equipment or materials that can lead to accidents, or be the cause of other construction related health hazards.
Accelerated Project Completion
Schools are under a lot of pressure to meet the demand of increased student numbers as fast as possible. Because construction of the building can occur simultaneously with the site work (or even before the site work), the traditional construction schedule is significantly reduced, sometimes as much as by 50%. Moreover, efficiency is also improved due to the highly coordinated, streamlined work process that can be completed with less labor hours. In modular construction, there is no need to wait for the first floor to be completed before working on the second, and electricians do not need to wait until the entire building is framed to do their job. As a result, a modular classroom can be built, installed, and ready for occupancy, in as little as 90 days.
For schools looking to save money, modular construction offers a much more economical way to meet their facility demands in comparison to on-site construction. Also, a number of modular construction companies offer a variety of financing options such as lease, purchase, and lease-to-purchase financing to meet a wide variety of public and private school needs.
Contrary to popular beliefs and images of shabby modular trailer parks, commercial modular facilities are just as durable as the ones built using on-site construction methods. Modular schools are constructed with the same traditional building materials as any other school such as, wood, steel, concrete, etc. Since modular buildings frequently need to travel on the road at high speeds during delivery, they are built as sturdy as site-built structures, and are usually constructed on steel frames. Permanent modular buildings are built to last, and can withstand heavy damage, including damage from earthquakes and fires.
A modular classroom or building can be custom designed and constructed to meet the specific needs of a particular school. The beauty of modular construction is that it can be portable, which means that when the school’s needs change, as they often do with varying enrollment sizes, a modular building can be disassembled and the modules relocated or refurbished for new use. Portable modular buildings are designed to withstand re-locations, and their quality is not compromised in the process. For a school district, modular relocatable buildings can become a critical aid in managing student demographics and increasing enrollments.
Green, sustainable Classrooms
More schools are making an effort to meet higher green building codes, as well as becoming conscious of the importance of using green materials and design in constructing facilities to ensure students’ health and well-being. Modular construction meets and exceeds these needs, utilizing cutting edge green, sustainable materials, and energy efficient features and designs. Green practices include day-lighting, using a variety of renewable and recycled materials, installing dual flush toilets for water conservation, installing light fixtures with motion controlled sensors, as well as occupancy sensors to adjust heating and cooling. Overall, green practices used in modular construction lead to improved temperature control and air quality inside the building, as well as increased energy efficiency. This means that schools can provide better, and healthier learning environments for their students, save money of their energy bills, and also decrease their carbon footprint.
Our modular construction company can provide temporary or permanent building solutions for schools, healthcare facilities and communities, with minimum interruption and disruptions.