| Modular School Buildings Are The Need Of The Hour|
|One positive attribute about the modular building industry has been their ability to recycle material and use them repeatedly. The fact that many of the modular constructions are ideal for deconstruction just as quickly has been very helpful in this regard. It is very easy to disassemble modules and used elsewhere depending on the need and that is why the industry has been able to sustain itself over the years. The authorities too have recognised the useful environmental role they are playing and have given them several incentives to help them continue this good work. In addition to benefits to environment, the cost savings and the aesthetic value of these modular structures are other positive factors that have been helpful in lending the industry a healthy image.|
When one considers this backdrop against the huge demand for education as seen in the increasing numbers of enrollment and declining attendance due to lack of infrastructure in schools, it is indeed logical to turn to this industry to come with quick modular school buildings so the needs of schools and education are met. This is crucial because education is a very important social need and just because we do not have facilities to house students would be something that is not acceptable in these modern times. To be fair to the industry, they have come up with many designs and workable structures that are being used at many schools and that has enabled them to impart education to many deserving students. However, there is a lot more to be done and the shortage of schools or classrooms is an issue education authorities are still grappling with.
This modular concept has its drawbacks and there have been apprehensions voiced about their aesthetics, durability and so on. But they are not of a very serious nature and as long as schools are clear about the modular design they wish to have at the very beginning that will go a long way in addressing issues of aesthetics and durability. For instance, schools must look at structures that can be upgraded in terms of not only space but other factors like energy efficiency and external façade. This will ensure that there would be no problems at a later date when you have to consider the sustenance of the structure for many more years and for all practical purposes, the structure becomes a permanent one that is often the case. The cost too would not be a very big one and would be affordable to the schools.
Schools when they approach modular school buildings prefabricators must also take into consideration the experience and track record and if possible look at past work to ensure they are taking the right decision. They must not only look at costs in the short run as this project has long term ramifications and should be viewed from that perspective.
The options of leasing can also be considered by schools if they feel that is more in line with their financial position and capacity.