Modular Buildings Go To College
The educational sector is one of the fastest growing industries when it comes to the use of modular buildings. Modular college buildings, because of their speed, affordability, and sustainability, are quickly becoming permanent fixtures on campuses across the country.
Think Outside the Dorm Room
Colleges and universities are not just turning to modular college buildings to expand student housing. You can find modular solutions around campus fulfilling many of these space needs:
- Common areas/ meeting spaces
- Science labs
- Technology centers/ computer labs
- Dining halls /cafeterias
- Locker rooms
- Press boxes
- Administrative buildings
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, undergraduate enrollment across the U.S. is projected to increase to 19.6 million students by the year 2024. That’s a lot of student housing! And no one wants the nightmare scenario of having to put 150 freshman up in a hotel for several weeks until their dormitory is complete.
Modular construction can cut down on a project timeline by 4 weeks or more. Which means a modular building project can go from ground-breaking to grand opening in the span of a summer break, ready and waiting when students return in the fall. The advantage of modular building is that off-site construction and on-site preparation happen simultaneously, efficiently completing your project up to 50% faster than traditional construction.
Modular buildings will keep your school’s budget in check, because much of the waste and delay that you encounter through conventional construction are almost non-existent when building with modular. Here are costly issues you won’t run into:
Weather delays – Modular construction takes place in a controlled factory setting so rain delays or snow delays won’t add time or money.
Material damage/loss – When building materials aren’t left outdoors, exposed to the elements or theft, inventory control is much easier and costs remain low.
Quality control issues – The extensive quality control inspections that take place during each step of the building process help to avoid costly issues and repairs.
Save the Earth
College students have always been very socially-conscious and for today’s young adults sustainability and going green are a main concern. They’ll appreciate that their alma mater for higher education shares the same values. Your new modular college buildings, whether dormitory, library or lab, will be constructed using environmentally responsible practices.
The modular industry is able to meet all levels of LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) standards of sustainable building strategies and practices. When you expand your college campus using modular buildings you’re also ensuring less construction waste ends up in our nation’s landfills and less disturbance to your campus grounds and green spaces.
Additionally, because up to 90% of modular construction is done is off-site, there is less disruption around campus during the expansion process. This results in a safer, more quiet environment for your students to live, study, and learn.