A Guide to Modular Classrooms for Schools

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    May 9, 2024

    A Guide to Modular Classrooms for Schools

    Modular construction has become a bigger part of the market in recent years as more builders recognize the advantages that come with this style of building. The same can be said for modular schools, as they have multiple budget-friendly benefits that make them ideal for temporary or permanent classroom needs.

    Here is everything you need to know about modular classrooms, plus how they can benefit your school district.

    What Is a Modular Classroom?

    Portable Classroom for Rent
    Portable Classroom for Rent

    Modular classrooms are educational buildings and schools that are constructed from pre-fabricated components in a factory before being transported and assembled at the school. While they function essentially the same as traditionally built classrooms or school buildings, their construction methods are more cost-effective and energy-efficient than traditionally constructed school buildings.


    Why Choose Modular School Buildings?

    Rapid Construction

    Modular construction is renowned for its rapid deployment and quick turnaround times, making it an ideal choice for educational institutions seeking efficient expansion. This building method involves prefabricated modules in a controlled factory setting, which significantly streamlines the building process. By constructing modules off-site, modular construction avoids the common delays typical in traditional building projects, such as scheduling conflicts and slow progress in phases. 

    Additionally, the factory environment allows for year-round construction, free from weather-related setbacks. Once complete, the modules are transported to the site and quickly assembled, significantly reducing the overall project timeline. This efficiency enables schools to have functional, ready-to-use buildings much faster than if they were built using conventional methods.

    Minimal Disruptions to the School Day

    Modular classrooms offer a unique advantage in minimizing disruptions to school activities because they are constructed off-site. This approach allows students and staff to continue their daily routines uninterrupted, as the majority of the construction work does not occur on school premises. Once the modules are completed, they are delivered and can be assembled on-site quickly, often outside of school hours.

    The assembly process is remarkably swift, typically ranging from just a few days to a few weeks, depending on the size of the project. This rapid turnaround ensures that school activities are minimally affected, maintaining a stable and conducive learning environment throughout the project.

    Budget Adaptability

    Opting for modular buildings gives school districts the flexibility to either rent or purchase new or pre-owned modular classrooms. This versatility is a significant advantage over traditional construction, as it accommodates a wide range of budgets while still ensuring a safe and secure learning environment for students.

    Additionally, modular solutions cater to both temporary and permanent educational needs. Whether you require interim classroom swing space during major renovations or are looking for a long-term expansion, modular buildings are an excellent choice. Their adaptability makes them ideal for schools that need high-quality, cost-effective educational facilities quickly and with minimal disruption.

    Multipurpose Flexibility

    At Mobile Modular, our modular buildings are crafted with adaptability in mind. Each module is designed for easy disassembly and reconfiguration, ensuring that your space can evolve as your needs change.

     If you find that you require larger classrooms in the future, our team is here to assist. We can help you reorganize the existing modules to optimize classroom space efficiently. Additionally, should your needs expand significantly, we can construct new classrooms off-site and integrate them seamlessly into your current setup with minimal disruption, maintaining the continuity of your educational environment.

    Energy Efficiency

    Modular buildings are constructed with energy efficiency in mind using innovative, state-of-the-art design features that make it easier to keep classrooms comfortable with a fraction of the electricity normally required. Our modular classroom units are constructed with insulated paneling, energy-efficient materials on the roof to keep heating costs down, and programmable HVAC features.

    Moreover, this preference toward energy efficiency is an ideal way to reduce your school’s overall operating costs. By some estimates, this allows you to save up to 38% on your energy bills every year.

    Easy Accessibility

    Accessibility for all types of students is paramount, both in public schools where it’s legally required, and in private and charter school settings, where every student deserves an equal opportunity.

    Modular classrooms have standard, ADA-compliant accessibility features in their designs. Additional features such as ramps, steps, and awnings are also available.

    Types of Modular Classroom Configurations

    Single-Class Modular Classrooms

    Featuring all the amenities and necessities of a standard classroom, our single-classroom modular units are ideal choices for schools needing additional space for growing student populations. These classrooms are portable and can be placed anywhere you need them on campus for a durable, safe, comfortable learning environment.

    Double-Class Modular Classrooms

    Our double- classrooms are ideal options for accommodating larger classroom sizes at all grade levels. However, they can also be utilized as computer or science labs in middle and high school settings, as lecture halls, and more.

    Classroom Complexes and 2-Story Modular Classroom Buildings

    Have a large student population or unique needs to accommodate? The classroom complexes and two-story modular classroom buildings we offer can be used to customize and maximize your educational space in any way you may need.

    How Much Do Modular Classrooms Cost?

    Portable Classroom Interior
    Portable Classroom Interior

    The prices for your modular school buildings or classrooms can vary depending on a few different factors, including:

    • Whether you intend to rent or purchase the classroom
    • If you need temporary or permanent solutions
    • How many units are needed
    • How much customization is required

    However, modular buildings are generally a more affordable option compared to traditional, site-built classroom construction. To get the most accurate pricing information, we recommend requesting a quote from our modular construction experts.

    Are Modular Classrooms Secure?

    When it comes to security, modular buildings are an unmatched option for school districts. Mobile Modular’s solutions for classrooms come with steel-clad exterior doors, self-closers, and panic hardware as standard features. This enables students to enjoy a safe and secure learning environment.

    Find New & Used Modular Classrooms for Sale or Rent

    Need new or used modular classrooms to accommodate your school’s ever-changing educational needs? Request a quote from us today, and we’ll help you get the modular classrooms you need in a matter of days, rather than weeks or months.

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