Four Great Reasons to Choose a Modular Building for Your School
Are you interested in updating older educational facilities? Is your school suffering from overcrowding and rapidly growing student populations? Are you renovating or building new facilities on your property and in need of temporary housing space for students, teachers, or stored materials?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you’re in luck. Modular building can save you both time and money by cutting down on construction times, saving your site from disturbances from work crews or noise and allowing for a cost-effective – and green – solution to your space or storage needs. And it doesn’t matter what level of education you work in: preschool, kindergarten, primary, high school, or college, public or private.
Read on to find out what modular building solutions are exactly, and how they might benefit your school or college today.
While normal construction takes place on-site and brings the inevitable noise, foot traffic, and pollution, modular building offers a whole different process. Construction of three-dimensional sections called modules is done in an indoor plant environment, cutting out problems like weather delays and other time-wasters.
During the in-house building phase, other workers can simultaneously be at the building site laying the foundation and arranging for utilities to speed up the schedule. You can save 30 to 50 percent off traditional build times! You also gain high-quality materials and greater flexibility in reconfiguring, relocating, and removing modular buildings as time passes and your needs change.
Temporary Vs. Permanent Modular Buildings
Speaking in terms of time, the two types of modular buildings are temporary and permanent. We’ll look at both below to help you clarify your requirements.
Temporary works best for schools that need space for their students quickly and for shorter time periods. If numbers of student enrollment, visitors, or staff increase rapidly, temporary space can become a must. Other circumstances calling for temporary space include renovations, construction of new facilities and recovery from a natural disaster.
Permanent structures, on the other hand, can come in handy when you need a structure that can stand the test of time but still wish to save on the construction. Permanent solutions can give you the flexibility to reconfigure sections and to re-purpose facilities down the road. A hallmark of permanent modular structures is their quality and durable materials.
With both types of modular buildings, you gain
- portability and flexibility (in regards to relocation, repair, adaptation)
- much faster build times
- technology solutions (so that facilities can be equipped with Internet access, computers)
- ramps/stairs/accessibility for everyone
- energy-efficient buildings
- flexible financing options (lease, lease-to-purchase, or purchase)
Why Modular is Right for Education
By choosing modular construction, schools can save both time and money over standard construction practices. It’s good for a variety of facilities such as
- computer and science labs
- day care
- administrative offices
- multi-purpose rooms
Both lessors and buyers benefit from the flexibility and creativity that modular building allows in choosing
- amenities and add-ons
Customization of space size and layout is a major plus: school administrators and superintendents have their pick of options ranging from one- or two-classroom buildings to multi-story facilities. In addition, these buildings can be executed with green processes so they blend into the environment – and mix well with other buildings already present on-campus – in order to design a functional and beautiful setting.
The build time is greatly reduced so that school administrators get their facilities done much faster than with traditional construction. As mentioned, the building process is green (environmentally-friendly), so it limits pollution and waste, and the modular approach reduces noise, dust, staging, clutter, waste, deliveries, weather concerns, as well as worker risks and on-site injuries.
If your institution needs temporary or permanent space for students, teachers, or materials, modular building can provide a cost-effective, quick, and adaptable solution.