With the future in mind, the facilities department had standardized the concrete relocatables purchased by the school district in the early-2000s so that they all have flat roofs, which then made them expandable, stackable, and reconfigurable to conserve precious space on school campuses. Royal Concrete Concepts was both the original manufacturer of the concrete classroom units and is the general contractor for the two most recent addition projects.
Classrooms construction completed April 11 for Crestwood Middle School addition.
Royal Concrete Concepts had assisted the district with earlier school additions, including Jupiter Middle School, which also utilized concrete modular classrooms for an on-time fast-track project completion. It was the lessons learned on the earlier school project that has helped to make the Crestwood and Whispering Pines additions a reality. At Jupiter Middle School, 15 concrete modular classrooms were reused for 17,332 sq. ft. wing addition. The project resulted in a 50% cost savings due to the reused modulars, according to Sanches.
The units are insulated for energy efficiency, and contain 30% recycled content, among other green attributes.
Courtemanche explained, “What is more sustainable than taking something already bought and used and then re-purposing it. That’s one of the most ‘green’ things we could have done.”
“It took collaborative thinking, teamwork and innovation by smart people across the project team to pull this off,” said Albert. “It was amazing to witness these ideas come to fruition,” he added.