5 Steps to Buying a Modular Classroom
As schools expand, many look beyond adding new buildings for a cheaper and more time-saving solution: modular classrooms. These are portable rooms built on a movable base, that can be used for a variety of classroom purposes; they offer all of the options of a regular classroom, but in a self-contained unit. If your school or organization is looking into buying a modular classroom, review these five steps before continuing with your purchase.
1. Is a modular classroom right for me?
Modular classrooms are a popular choice for schools that need to expand, but are on a tight budget and face time constraints. Many schools have to add new classrooms to meet an expanding student body, but do not have time to undertake full construction of new classrooms; in this case, modular classrooms provide a fast alternative.
It is important to understand if a modular classroom is right for you or your organization before taking the time to create a budget and begin contacting contractors, so make sure to evaluate your options fully before coming to a decision.
2. What is the process my organization uses?
Different schools will have different processes, some mandated by law; for example, public schools will have rules and regulations for purchasing modular classrooms that are set down by the state. Private schools, on the other hand, will have much more freedom. Review your school or organization’s by-laws to understand the process you must go through, which will ultimately drive your decision making.
3. What will it look like?
Think about how, in a perfect world (for example, with an unlimited budget), you would want your modular classroom to look and work. Use this to create a “wishlist” of what you want the classroom to contain and what purpose it will serve; this will help you to narrow down your options (once you have committed to using this option for your school).
4. What is my budget?
Since, as a nonprofit organization, most schools are constrained in how much money they can spend, it is important to create a budget and evaluate the options for different modular classrooms depending on how much is available.
5. How much work is our organization willing to do?
Finally, consider the work that the school or organization will have to put in aside from purchasing the classroom – this includes work such as installation or electrical work. If your school does not already have licensed electricians or other workers on hand, start looking into subcontractors to hire.