Prefabrication works well for buildings with lots of repeatability in design. Schools are perfect to build with prefabrication methods because of this. Schools need to be created with staff and students’ health and safety in mind, as well as their comfort. They deserve a school that is built with high quality materials and is conducive to a learning environment. The best part about prefab is you can build schools in time to be open for the school year.
Faster than Traditional Construction
Design and engineering, permitting, and manufacturing of building components are all done offsite corresponding with the site work and while students are still in class. Once school is out for the summer, installers can quickly assemble the building components onsite in a matter of days. Other finishes and build-out of interiors are easily completed in a matter of weeks to ensure a fully-equipped school is ready in time for classes in the fall.
Schools make use of portable buildings, meant to be used as temporary buildings for growing numbers of students, but in many cases, they have become permanent. Portables are made to be temporary and not last for decades, some portables show signs of decay and aren’t healthy for people to be in. As portables age, they expose students to poor ventilation, chemicals, noise, plus all kinds of health hazards and disruptions.
They also can have higher energy costs as they are separate from the school and are poorly insulated from the weather. The prefabricated schools Project Frog builds are not to be mistaken with these portables that are prefabricated. Both stick-built and prefabricated structures can have supreme quality or be very poorly made depending on who or what is used to build them.
Flexible Design for The Changing Classroom
Schools need to consider the future and how schools will function, especially since dealing with Covid. Having a school that is adaptable to such situations will make it easier to make classroom changes sooner. Besides pandemics, students need a space where they can feel learning is important. Having a school specifically designed to aid learning can foster their own learning efforts, knowing they are being supported in every way. The flexibility of a space allows for it to be used in ways like spacing students out for tests or moving students closer together during collaborative projects.
Schools for Health & Environment
Project Frog uses prefabrication methods to have schools built with safety at the forefront so health is not sacrificed for cheaper costs. The design makes it feasible to allow natural light and natural ventilation to be at their peak for the occupants’ comfort. The schools are built to be energy efficient, even to match LEED standards so you know the building will be healthier, more sustainable, and save on electricity costs over time. A healthier building can protect students and staff from being exposed to harmful chemicals and substances that cause health issues. This leads to avoiding unhealthy conditions that distract from learning.
Portables were not meant to be permanent solutions to growing classroom sizes and should stop being treated like they are. They are initially chosen due to their cheap costs, but these costs add up long-term due to maintenance and energy usage. Alarmingly, state laws that govern air quality and materials for school construction do not apply to portables! Being built without decent materials makes it more likely for repairs to be needed sooner than usual. The chance of lawsuits is also stronger with people being placed in an unsafe environment. Prefabricated schools can replace portables providing more benefits, be quickly built, and be ready to go in half the time of traditional construction.