Portable Classrooms

Title Abstract Publication Date
Portable Classrooms: The Permanent Solutions. Summary and findings of a Florida Center for Community Design and Research report, published in November 1993, investigating the use of portable classrooms as a cost efficient and educationally... 04/30/1998
Portable Classrooms: Where Are They Going? This discusses the growing need for portables because of increasing enrollments, intra-district shifts, the push for earlier education for children, continuing education for adults, lower student-... 07/31/2003
Portable or Modular? There Is a Difference. Describes differences between two types of school facilities: portable (prebuilt, temporary wood structure installed on site) and modular (method of construction for permanent buildings). Provides... 08/31/2002
Portable School Buildings: Scourge, Saving Grace, or Just Part of the Solution? This report explores the current role of portable classrooms in California schools and the options available for their use. It examines how widespread portables are, and estimates that more than 86,... 03/31/1998
Portable versus Permanent Classrooms: Student Attitude, Behavior, and Achievement. Compares differences in attitude, behavior, and achievement of students housed in portable versus permanent classrooms. Fifth grade students in 21 portable and 38 permanent classrooms were studied,... 12/31/2004
Portable/Relocatable Classrooms: A User's Point of View The proliferation in the use of portable classrooms prompted a research study focused on gaining information through a survey on portables as they compare to permanent buildings from a user's... 05/31/1990
Portables Toolkit. Offers suggestions on how to acquire and maintain an agreeable installation of portable classrooms. These involve timing your acquisitions for best price, communicating your expectations clearly,... 12/31/2005
Predicted Concentrations in New Relocatable Classrooms of Volatile Organic Compounds Emitted from Standard and Alternate Interior Finish Materials. Reports on a laboratory study evaluating emissions of toxic and/or odorous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) used to finish the interiors of new relocatable classrooms. The study implemented a... 07/17/2001
Preliminary Evaluation of Performance Enhanced Relocatable Classrooms in Three Climates. Summarizes comparative energy performance data from side-by-side installations of standard and energy-efficient portable classrooms in New York, North Carolina, and Florida. The monitoring showed... 12/31/2003
Preventing Mold Growth in Temporary School Structures. Any school building, permanent or temporary, can support mold growth, given the right materials being wetted for long enough. However, for a number of reasons, temporary buildings, including portable... 12/31/2001
Project FROG May Push School Trailers to Leap Ahead. With 118 public school sites in San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom is hoping a sustainable classroom prototype, known as Project FROG, will provide an improved way to accommodate schoolchildren who... 03/21/2006
Prototype Designed to Meet LAUSD Needs Reports that the Los Angeles Unified School district has signed a contract with Gonzalez Goodale Architects through a competitive design process for new school building prototype to replace thousands... 05/18/2011
Raising the Bar. Presents an interview with Anja S. Caldwell that discusses the green portable classroom design competition that she initiated, features of the Montgomery County, Maryland, green schools initiative,... 04/30/2006
Re-Educating Schools. The purpose of this article is to re-educate everyone associated with a school building program to the benefits of modular construction and what the industry has to offer. The major advantages of... 05/31/2002
Reading, Writing, and Risk: Air Pollution Inside California's Portable Classrooms. A California report examines the air pollution risk levels in the State's portable school facilities, the State's response, and recommendations for protecting children's and teacher... 04/30/1999
Realistic Planning with Portable Classrooms. Discusses why it is not wise to address the need for short-term space with the least expensive portable classrooms available. Explains that the problem is not that minimum specification trailers... 06/30/2002
Redesigning Pandora's Box: The Future of Portables at Albuquerque Public Schools. Profiles Albuquerque Public Schools' use of portables, including the evolution of construction types, costs, aesthetic concerns, perceptions of their occupants as second class school citizens,... 12/31/2005
Redevelopment Planning after Hurricane Katrina: Challenges Facing Education and School Facility Design. Outlines recovery goals and strategies for areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, emphasizing a multiregional plan that includes coordinated multicounty oversight of construction, creation of joint-use... 11/30/2005
Relocatable Buildings 2011 Annual Report Annual report on the relocatable building industry. MBI estimates that public school districts across North America collectively own and operate about 180,000 relocatable classrooms with the industry... 12/31/2010
Relocatable Classrooms Offer Choice and Cost Savings. Addresses school safety issues surrounding portable classrooms and the advantage of using portables for school districts on tight budgets. The history of portables and the options they provide school... 12/31/1999
Relocatable Classrooms: Less Energy, Better Air. Summarizes research aimed at improving indoor air quality and reducing noise and energy consumption of relocatable classrooms. Researchers have developed specifications for an improved heat-pump air-... 10/31/2007
Relocatable Space Can Be a Fast, Flexible Solution to Crowding Problems Today, long-term school facility plans can be thwarted by a number of different situations, including unpredictable growth, special needs and the need for lower teacher/student ratios. Describes... 02/28/1998
Remedies for Reducing Formaldehyde in Schools. These recommendations for basic measures for a school to implement in order to reduce elevated formaldehyde levels in classrooms include the following: 1) reduce total amount of formaldehyde sources... 02/28/2002
Report on the 2005 Annual Performance of Monitored High Performance Mobile Classrooms. Presents numerous graphs comparing the energy use for a conventional versus a high- performance modular classroom. The total energy consumption of the high-performance unit was 30% less than that of... 11/30/2005
Report to the California Legislature: Environmental Health Conditions in California's Portable Classrooms. The purpose of this study was to conduct a comprehensive study and review of the environmental health conditions in portable classrooms; identify any potentially unhealthy environmental conditions,... 10/31/2003