Two Major School Building Issues
School leaders, teachers, and parents throughout the United States face two major school building issues in providing adequate learning space for students.
1. Classroom overcrowding
2. Aging school buildings
1. Classroom Overcrowding
School enrollment growth is good because that means people are moving into the area, right? While this may be an indicator of economic growth, it can also create stress for both education leaders and taxpayers in many other cases. School overcrowding means more building space is needed and that typically means big money. School funding is often a contentious subject, and therefore it can take a while for school leaders and taxpayers to work out their differences and come to an agreement. In the meantime, students are left in the balance sometimes attending classes in gymnasiums, on stages, in cafeterias, and in other areas never intended for classroom learning.
2. Aging School Buildings Create Cause For Concern
Old school buildings are in dire need of renovation, repair, and upgrade in many areas of the United States; but renovations are time-consuming, expensive, and they also often require displacement of students for an extended period. School leaders know something must be done, but logistics and funding create significant hurdles that must be addressed in order to move forward. One of the biggest questions is, where to put students during the renovation project?
The Immediate Solution For Aging And Overcrowded Schools
In both scenarios above, schools need some sort of near-term temporary relief valve for their students while they make decisions and carry out construction projects. Portable modular classrooms may be the first thing that comes to mind for those familiar with them, but they may not be so obvious to those who are not.
Relocatable modular classrooms are quick to install and can be built to pretty much any size needed. To clarify further, we are not just talking single-wide and double-wide classrooms. Modular buildings can provide entire temporary stand-alone school building space, including restrooms, cafeteria, locker rooms, laboratories, library, administrative offices, and many other essential school building areas. From the outside, temporary modular buildings are identifiable as such, but when inside most people are amazed at how much it functions and feels just like a typical building. Sometimes exceeding 30,000 square feet, a modular school building can be installed right on a school campus during the summer months and leased for the time they are needed. Once the building is no longer necessary it is removed from the school, and you would never know it was there.
Unfortunately, overcrowded and aging school buildings are putting pressure on school infrastructure and negatively impacting student learning, which means something must be done. A temporary modular solution may be just what your school needs until a permanent solution can be developed and decided upon.
If you are facing school building issues like these and want to explore temporary school building solutions, Vanguard Modular employs industry-leading experts who see first-hand the balancing act that school leaders are facing daily. Our goal is to help you find the best solution to your school’s challenge and provide the information you need to determine if leasing a temporary modular classroom building would make sense.