United Rentals is here to provide solutions for schools and other educational institutions when they need extra storage space, temporary administration offices or modular classroom space as they grow. When enrollment numbers begin to rise, additional storage and work space is needed for students and staff, and we have many containerized and modular options. We deliver high-quality storage containers, modular school buildings, prefabricated classrooms, modular labs and more.
Our secure shipping containers are ideal for storing documents, sports and band equipment and maintenance supplies. Need extra classroom space? We have modular classrooms ready for delivery or you can customize a classroom to meet your specific needs. Our office trailers and ground-level offices can be delivered quickly for that extra work space you need for maintenance staff or for upcoming sports and extracurricular events. With the recent acquisition of Pac-Van, Inc., our inventory and staff are better equipped than ever to help you find the right solution for your facility.
Our client needed a modular school building that would provide much-needed classroom space while blending seamlessly into the existing school structure for this project. For the exterior treatment, our team color-matched the masonry, scuppers, downspouts and metal trim of the modular classroom in addition to the existing school structure. The interior comprises four modules, each configured into four large 30-by-30-foot classrooms and a hallway. The project was a success, and our client and the community residents are unable to tell the difference between the original school buildings and the prefabricated school building.
The Ross Montessori School needed a modular school addition before the semester began, leaving minimal time for construction. We delivered this 11,376-square-foot, 15-plex modular school building in just 19 days, allowing the school to open on time. The building’s eight prefabricated classrooms are arranged in an “H” shape so that each classroom attaches to the school’s central 1,500-square-foot common area. Each classroom is 1,080 square feet with two 4-by-4-foot windows, an exterior door, and floors covered in 2/3 carpet and 1/3 tile. While we designed the building as a permanent structure, the building can be broken up into five 3-plex units for transportation, should the need arise.
Regis University required a modular office complex with laboratories, and we were happy to help. This 6,888-square-foot modular school building comprises two 1,080-square-foot classrooms and restrooms, professors’ offices, and a resource center. We designed the exterior of the building to match the university’s colors. Five rooftop HVACs provide variable heating/cooling zones for the different uses in the building. In addition, energy recovery ventilators in each modular lab adds airflow when the rooms are full. All interior walls were designed with R11 poly-encapsulated acoustical insulation, and all corridors have a 1-hour fire rating throughout the modular should a fire break out.
A high school needed extra storage space for their band department. They reached out to our team to supply a low-cost, used container to purchase for their needs. We supplied to them a 40’ used shipping container and they, in turn, added custom paint and a custom vinyl decal of their school mascot to the side of the container. The school was able to forego purchasing a brick and mortar storage facility to their property and were able to keep within their budget for the year.
DePaul Cristo Rey High School needed a custom modular building to use for classrooms, science labs, and administration offices. The biggest challenge with this project was the plot of land that we had to work with. The modular facilities are perched upon a wooded hillside that overlooks the existing campus. Once the site work was completed, the 27 modules were crane set into place. On the middle building, a site built grand entryway was constructed. The configuration/layouts for buildings #1 & #2 were modified drastically to allow for offices, labs and classrooms to conform with the client’s campus needs. The building façade is a combination of split face block and Hardie panel, along with custom sills. This was a cost effective project for our client from the start. We were able to purchase used modular facilities from a past client for minimal costs. The building costs alone saved the customer in excess of $500,000. This cost savings allowed the client to install some of the accent items, (building interior/exterior upgrades), that otherwise may not have fit into their budget.
The American Opportunity Foundation project is a 7,968 sq. ft. modular building comprised of 11-12’x40’ modules and 3-2’x60’ modules configured in an L-Shape. Designed as a child care facility, the building has 3 offices, child and adult restrooms, a laundry facility, break room, lounge, day care rooms and a lobby area. The exterior of the building is very modern in aesthetic and has an eggshell white stucco and dark gray façade. We used 12’x40’s and 12’x60’s approved by State of California, Department of Housing & Community Development with a pier and pad tie down foundation, recessed to ground level. All fixtures, doors, windows, etc. comply with child care guidelines including 13 child sized toilets and sinks. The unit is relocatable and built to California State Title 21, a state regulation to ensure modular buildings are of the highest standard using the most energy efficient materials. The heating and air conditioning units are all electric with heat pumps. Cost effective choices included: the recessed pier and pad foundation that eliminated any and all cement work for the client and using standard 12’x40’s and 12’x60’s to create a custom unit. The HVAC’s are end mount vs. roof mount, eliminating the need for a crane and prevents climbing on the roof, which can cause safety issues and leaks.
This 8’x40’ ISO standard container was installed adjacent to multiple tennis courts at an Indianapolis private high school. It is being used as a tennis training facility. The building is climate-controlled and utilizes the original container doors that lead into an equipment storage area. An exterior man door gives access into a space that allows players to review instructional training videos. The interior has a bright appearance due to the 48” energy efficient LED lights as well as high efficiency windows for observation and natural lighting. The walls are covered with vinyl covered Luan and the flooring is finished with vinyl tile. The container was painted to match the branding of the school. An exterior stairwell leads up to an observation deck with a wrap-around fence enclosure and can accommodate up to forty-two spectators for full view of the tennis matches.
This 70' x 68' modular building was built and installed for L.I.F.E., a place for developmentally disabled children that offers a variety of therapies to help improve their quality of life. With four classrooms, restrooms and three administrative offices, L.I.F.E was able to increase classroom space while also adding three offices for additional staff members. The City of Gilbert required specific design criteria such as an extended roof parapet, which helped to hide the mounted HVAC units. L.I.F.E. also required the building to be set below grade and exterior elements were matched an existing modular structure on the campus. A fire alarm and security system were connected to the system already in place. By utilizing a clear span roof, we were not only able to secure the structural integrity of the building but also allow for future modifications to the building. Given the extreme Arizona heat, the roof was covered using white EPDM which helps to reflect light, creating a more energy efficient building. In addition, we installed five 4-ton Daikin rooftop commercial heat pumps. This high-efficiency system (with low operating costs) helps to save energy while keeping costs low. The overall cost on this project to the client, including installation, was just over $100 per square foot. This project took a total of 170 days from the time of designing and permitting to final installation.
This project included 11,788 square feet of classroom and break room space encompassing 7 different buildings. The soft beige body and medium brown trim exterior colors were chosen because they blended in with the natural desert surroundings and to assist in shielding the hot summer Arizona sun. The colors also were coordinated to be similar to the colors utilized on the existing main campus building. The red colored ramps and steps were chosen to help create a playful atmosphere for the students. The interior wall colors were coordinated to blend the VCG with the carpet creating a pleasant surrounding for the students. The teachers break room was designed with functionality in mind. We included a staff restroom, eating area and phone lines all within the same locale. The students’ restroom was all designed to be in one location and the separated boys’ and girls’ restrooms were housed in the same building as the teachers break room.
This 340 sq ft stackable modular building was constructed for the Danville High School football field. The structure is comprised of 2 separate units, 1-10x30 and 1-8x10. This unit was shipped and crane lifted into place the same day. It sits high top a structural steel mezzanine built just behind the existing bleachers. Features include an interior stair to a Hatch Door, which opens onto the top deck. The interior provides workspace and electrical hook up for the press along the entire length of the unit, and another 18’ of locking storage doubling as a platform for second row seating inside. The top unit is equipped with a Raynor Roll door for camera use, and 2 exterior steel doors.
The University of Cincinnati uses this modular school building as a swing space for the university, which was running increasingly low on storage space. In addition to adding more modules in a brief period, technical innovations for this project included interior layout changes to the two portable school buildings.
Classroom sizes at the university are considerably more significant than the original classroom areas of the modular building. By removing the load-bearing walls and installing LVL beams supported on steel posts within the roof cavity, we were ultimately able to create clear span modules. This design change allowed us to double the size of each classroom.
The Wilson Auditorium Swing Space project highlights the series of reuse projects we have completed with the University of Cincinnati. The university purchased the used prefabricated school buildings from a local public school district for a fraction of the original cost.
By reusing an existing set of buildings, the client was able to have their entire swing space plan completed before the start of the fall trimester. With the space in place in such a swift time, the university was able to move onto the next phase of its expansion and renovation project.