If you start talking about portable or modular buildings in schools, many will recall damp and uninviting cabins. Ones that use to pervade many educational facilities. Especially when they needed more space in a hurry or on a budget.
Modular buildings and 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 modular classrooms from Royal Concrete Concepts, LLC (RCC). Most noteworthy is the 100-year life cycle of these modular 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.
However Modular buildings have been completely transformed. That’s thanks to new technology and quality manufacturing standards. So today’s portable buildings will now more likely be a modern and attractive building solution. One therefore that bears no resemblance to its predecessors.
The temporary long-term solution
The image problem suffered by portable buildings is relatively easy to understand. Especially when you can find older ugly looking examples. Those structures that were put in place as a temporary solution. However then used constantly for many years.
Poor lighting and inadequate ventilation are just two issues that blighted these old buildings. All which were really meant to be temporary. So they have therefore gone well past their sell by date.
So for example and as I’ve written before:
Keen on the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (PCC) since 2012, Bowling Green State University (BGSU) recently renovated its indoor turf field with LED lighting to continue its environmental pledge.
The University worked with Cree to install their CXB Series.Thereby providing an unmatched combination of high performance and affordability. All the while replacing energy-wasting fluorescent and HID luminaires. The installation helped the university save more than $200,000 in energy and maintenance savings. That’s delivering a payback of less than two years. One feature of the CXB Series that BGSU did not anticipate was because the CXB Series luminaires are instant-on; staff had to learn they could turn the lights on and off as needed.
In the education community, it is difficult to come up with funds. In support of the PCC commitment and need for a budget, a few years ago, students set up the Student Green Initiatives Fund. It’s an optional $5.00 per semester fee to further environmental sustainability on campus. Cree’s CXB Series helped the university gain swift approval to use the fund to cover half of the project’s cost through rapid payback and emissions reductions.
For example, there are problems which can make your HVAC in modular buildings give off a horrible odor. The odor gets referred to as dirty sock syndrome. So we therefore all know how bad that can be.