Modular classrooms are becoming a popular alternative to traditional site-built construction. They are an affordable, quick, and convenient solution to space challenges for many schools around the country.Some of the main challenges schools face include:
What is a modular classroom?
A modular classroom is a building that is constructed off-site in a factory setting. Instead of bringing the construction materials to the site to begin construction, the building is constructed off-site in a warehouse. Upon completion, the classroom is shipped to its future location. Read more: Modular Building Buyer's Guide.
What are the Advantages to a Modular Classroom?
Modular classrooms, or mods for short, offer flexibility to a school that needs additional space. They are sometimes called portable classrooms because, as the name implies, they can be moved around. This means that a modular classroom can be delivered to a school for temporary use and removed once it is no longer needed. Or, after the portable classroom is delivered, the school may want to move it to a different area. The modular classroom can be easily relocated within the same school grounds.
2. Unlimited Design Options
Whether you are looking to lease or purchase a modular classroom, keep in mind that the building can be designed to fit the needs of your school. Many suppliers offer turn-key classrooms, which means they will build, deliver, and furnish it to meet the needs of the school.
Mods can be designed to provide sufficient space for a school whose student body is rapidly expanding. If the building is going to be permanent, the exterior can be outfitted with various features, such as brick and mortar, to match the current structure of the school. Modular classrooms can also include HVAC systems, ADA ramps, steps, safety rails, decks, and security systems, where applicable.
For many schools, a growing student body is an issue that requires an immediate solution. Portable modular classrooms can be constructed in up to half the time it takes to build a conventional structure. Depending on the immediacy of the problem, a modular classroom may prove to be the best solution due to its quick turnaround time. Delivery times will vary depending on the needs of the project, but a modular building can be built and delivered in as quickly as 12 weeks.
A modular classroom isn’t always cheaper than conventional construction, but it certainly can be, depending on how much customization you want. Another way to cut costs is to purchase or lease a used modular classroom instead of a brand new unit. Modular classrooms are built to withstand the wear and tear involved in being transported to multiple locations. A used modular classroom can be a great way to save money without sacrificing quality.
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