Modular classrooms enabling years of thinking ahead. Why, because it’s paying off for the School District of Palm Beach County. That’s both financially and from a sustainability perspective.
Instead of building two new school additions from scratch, the school re-used other school districts concrete and decided to stack. Stacking together purchased concrete relocatable classrooms from Royal Concrete Concepts, LLC (RCC). Most noteworthy is the 100-year life cycle of these classrooms. Thereby creating large two-story additions. That’s at both Crestwood Middle School and Whispering Pines Elementary School.
Consequently, the individual units, engineering meets or exceeds High Velocity Wind Zone (HVWZ) requirements of the Florida Building Code. As well as designed for withstanding Category 5 Hurricanes. The school district purchased from Royal Concrete Concepts, LLC of West Palm Beach. Most noteworthy, they withstand everything. I mean several punishing hurricanes a year without a single failure.
In the aftermath of the devastating 2005 and 2006 hurricanes, they were strong enough (made from 6,000 psi concrete). Strong enough and surviving South Florida hurricanes.
Now the classrooms are being praised again for saving the district money. On what?! Saving on construction costs at a time. Big especially when budgets are extremely tight.
According to Joseph Sanches, Chief of Facilities Management for the school, the district saving 26% on the cost for the new additions. All by utilizing relocatable classroom units. Again, that’s compared to building a new addition from brand new materials, Sanches explained.
So with future in mind, the facilities department standardized the concrete relocatables. Purchased by the school district in the early – 2000’s, all so they have flat roofs. That which then made them expandable, stackable, and reconfigurable. In order to conserve precious space on school campuses. Royal Concrete Concepts was both the original manufacturer of the concrete classroom units and general contractor. Yes they are the GC for the two most recent addition projects.
Royal Concrete Concepts assisting the district with earlier school additions. That’s including Jupiter Middle School, which also utilized concrete modular classrooms. They had one for an on-time fast-track project completion. It was the lessons learned on the earlier school project that helped to make the Crestwood and Whispering Pines additions a reality. At Jupiter Middle School, 15 concrete modular classrooms got reused for 17,332 sq. ft. wing addition. The project resulting in a 50% cost savings. Due to the reused modulars, according to Sanches.