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Modular classroom construction in New York City is not a new concept. Schools have utilized modular buildings for both classroom and office space for years. Even so, people unfamiliar modular construction may have misconceptions about how this type of building works, especially for classrooms. Read on to learn five myths about modular classrooms.

Modular Can’t Be Built to Code

A legitimate concern for schools is whether modular classrooms can be built to satisfy current building codes. No one wants to put student safety in jeopardy.  All modular buildings are required to be built to the codes and safety regulations. They come under the same regulations as buildings constructed on-site. Companies who design and build storage container buildings in NYC, not only satisfy current building codes, they strive to exceed those codes. Student safety is assured when attending class in a modular building.

Modular Classrooms Look Boring

Certainly, some schools choose to have modular classrooms constructed that look like a bunch of boxes lined up in a row. Those buildings are functional but don’t represent the creativity and flexibility modular construction offers schools. Companies that specialize in building portable storage containers in NYC create buildings just as versatile and attractive as many designed by traditional construction companies. Modular classrooms today can be multi-story buildings. They’re built with stairs and decks. The interiors can be designed for a multitude of purposes and in many cases, look like they’ve been professionally decorated.

Modular Means Temporary

Another myth about modular classrooms is that they are only temporary. While it’s true that modular construction methods are more conducive for building temporary buildings, there are permanent modular buildings as well. There are plenty of modular classrooms that have been in place already for several years. Many schools don’t realize they can choose between Permanent Modular Construction (PMC) or Relocatable Buildings (RBs). Both building types can be custom-built to each school’s requirements. 

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Modular Is Energy-Efficient

Schools are always concerned with energy efficiency, especially in colder climates. The size and shape of most modular classrooms make them naturally energy efficient as long as they’re construction with good quality insulation. Custom storage containers in NYC are normally smaller in size and fully enclosed. This makes them more energy efficient than building built with traditional construction methods. The key is quality. If the builder uses high quality materials, including high-quality insulation, then the classroom shouldn’t have temperature extremes, both in winter and summer.

Modular Classrooms Are More Expensive

Finally, many people think modular construction is a new technology, so it must be more expensive. First, it’s not new; modular buildings have been around since at least the 1950s. Second, the materials and fabrication methods make modular more cost-effective than some traditional building methods, such as stick construction. The components are prefabricated, transported, and installed on your site. This usually means less money is invested on labor and less material waste.  This doesn’t mean it is a cheap solution. Modular classrooms come with a wide range of pricing options. The versatility allows schools to design the style of their buildings, both inside and out, which also allows them to work within their individual budgets and end up with a cost-effective, attractive, and efficient classroom.