Modular Classrooms – The Solution to Aging School Facilities
School districts face an ongoing struggle to balance academic instructional needs against facility costs. Competing budgetary demands can severely impact the success of educational programs.
Physical Environmental Factors in Student Success
Great teachers are a necessity, but so are great facilities. The Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP) reports that two dominant physical factors affect student learning.
Classroom size directly impacts the quality of education. Smaller classes and qualified, dedicated teachers, have been shown to lead to student success.
In some schools aging, dilapidated physical surroundings detract from the students’ ability to learn. Inadequate ventilation, bad air quality, poor acoustics, and aging plumbing and electrical fixtures make many classrooms unpleasant. Students trapped in these environments tend to be distracted by their surroundings, no matter how good the teacher.
Mobile Trailers - Modular Classrooms
In the northeast, school construction costs average between $200 and $300 a square foot. With budgets already stretched thin, school districts find it difficult to address the critical issues of class size and facility quality. For many districts, the solution is mobile trailers configured as modular classrooms.
Mobile trailers can be configured to fit local budgets. Construction and placement are less expensive than site-built facilities.
Improve Learning Environments
Modern modular buildings are pleasant, clean, and completely compliant with current building codes. They meet all requirements for air quality, ventilation, electrical and plumbing. There are no peeling lead paints or flickering lights to distract students. A modular building is also engineered to be structurally equivalent or superior to site-built facilities.
The ability to configure or move a modular building for a variety of classroom needs provides flexibility not found in fixed site construction. This greater design flexibility offers long-term budget reductions.
Mobile trailers can be placed in service more rapidly with less disruption to the school environment. Typically they are placed and ready within a few days to a week from the time they are received at the school location.
School districts expect the largest return for every dollar spent. Increasingly, they are taking advantage of mobile trailers to augment classrooms. Clean, modern and budget-friendly, they offer a ready solution to the problems of class size and aging school infrastructure.