03 Oct Modular Buildings for Colleges and Universities
Colleges and universities are increasingly using modular construction for their buildings and expansion plans. This is because prefabricated buildings offer many advantages which make them ideally suited to education facilities.
The short timescale of a modular project makes it possible to make essential changes at short notice, which is often a problem in many colleges and universities due to rapid expansion in the number of students. This can include any part of the campus, from student accommodation to the main hall. The quick construction also means that there is as little disruption to students’ work as possible.
In addition, the minimum site traffic associated with modular construction causes fewer problems for busy college life than traditional construction methods. As 90% of the building is built in a factory elsewhere, fewer materials have to be brought to site, reducing heavy transport and on-site storage. With construction work taking place both in the factory and on site, the project is much more efficient.
Another advantage of modular construction is its small environmental impact. Environmentally friendly materials are used, giving you peace of mind that your expansion is sustainable. Also, as mentioned above, less material has to be transported to site, being taken instead to a factory that is often near its suppliers and connected to a good road network. This means that there is little transport, so less fuel is used (reducing CO2 emissions) and less disruption is caused by heavy vehicles. This is a benefit for education facilities as many young people feel that it is very important to protect the environment.
Modular buildings are also often less costly than traditional construction. In fact, overall, modular construction will save you 30-50%. The modules are produced on a production line in a factory, so you get the best value for money out of the labour costs. As well as this, unlike on site, the modules and their craftsmen are not at the mercy of the weather. This prevents problems such as roofing delays or even splitting timber frames, keeping the project running smoothly and reducing costs.
If budgetary restrictions are a problem for you, as is often the case for colleges and universities, funding plans are available. This will give you the necessary help to get the facilities you need. There are three funding plans available: Operation Lease, Finance Lease and Hire Purchase Lease.