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09/02/11

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Categories: Information on portable and modular classrooms

High Performance Prefab Classrooms

By Ariel Dekovic - Relocatable and portable classrooms are often thought of as a necessary but not ideal part of the school building landscape. Communities and schools across the nation have turned to portable, factory-built buildings as a fast solution to critical housing and classroom shortages. However, as necessary as they may be, portable buildings have often gotten a bad rap.

“The main problem with portable classrooms is while they are designed and built to be temporary, they rarely are,” said Bill Orr, executive director of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), a national non-profit organization with a mission to make schools a better place to learn. “However, attitudes are changing. The new driver for prefabricated classrooms is the need for more cost-effective, time-efficient delivery methods, and we need make sure we hold these buildings to the same high performance standard as traditional school buildings.”

Information on Portable/Modular Classrooms

Class size "caps" have posed challenges all across Ontario, in elementary schools. Where enrolment is not declining, this can force a school administration to look beyond its four walls at temporary alternatives. At the Toronto District School Board, no new portable (sometimes called modular)classrooms have been acquired since 1992. This should cause the school community to carefully assess what is put in place - so here are some resources.

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