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Shipping Container School Classrooms: What You Should Know.

Shipping Containers School Classrooms - What You Should Know


There are several reasons why an educational institution may not have the physical space they require to accommodate their student population. Budget cuts, unexpected damage from extreme weather conditions, and the closure of schools in nearby communities are just a few of the most common factors.

When these situations arise, educational administrators are forced to reconfigure the space they do have and come up with creative ways to meet the needs of their pupils.

Shipping container classrooms are an innovative, cost-effective and convenient way for educational facilities to add square footage when they need it most.

Shipping container classroom

At Conexwest, we’re proud to offer a selection of classroom containers that are specifically designed to help educational institutions expand their facilities and bridge the gap until a more permanent solution is available.

How are container schools built?


The shipping container construction process is relatively hassle-free when compared to other development methods. Of course, how complicated your build is will depend on how customized you want your framework to be, how large your project is, and whether your shipping container school will be built from scratch or combined with an already existing structure.

The typical steps for completing a container school build are as follows:

  1. Planning

During this stage, the educational institute will determine the objectives of their container project and finalize an architectural plan for the construction. This is when factors like budget, the scope of the project, and the location of the development are all confirmed.

  1. Container Purchase

In order to ensure that the shipping container classroom will meet the objectives outlined in the planning phase, the client will need to find and purchase the best available classroom containers. There are many factors that will influence this decision, including the cost per container, available features (air conditioning, built-in lighting, etc.), weather resistance, and security.

  1. Foundation Laying

It is a common misconception that shipping containers can be delivered to a location AS-IS without the need for an understructure. Whenever shipping container schools are built, it is reasonable to assume they will remain in use for at least a few months, if not years, and any long-term structure that is going to be occupied regularly requires a foundation that can bear the weight of the construction.

If an inadequate foundation is laid, a shipping container school could topple over, develop uneven floors, and even sink into the earth beneath it.

  1. Customization

After a solid, dependable foundation has been established for the shipping container school, it’s time to put the containers in place and weld them together. This is also when any modifications are made. From adding windows to fiberglass paneling or extra shelving, this is when the school container is fully transformed into a highly-functional and effective learning space.

  1. Finishing Touches

Once the shipping container school has been tailored to meet the client’s specifications, it is time for electrical and plumbing to be set up, and for last-minute cosmetic features like furniture and paint to be added. These are the last milestones of any shipping container project. Once completed, clients can begin using their new shipping container classrooms.

shipping container classroomsWhat are the benefits of shipping container schools?


Shipping container structures come with a range of advantages.

Some of the most compelling benefits associated with container schools include:

  1. Flexibility

One of the greatest perks of building a shipping container school is that the containers themselves can be customized ahead of time in a warehouse or indoor facility. This is especially convenient for engineers and construction workers, as it eliminates the need to set up electrical power at the build site itself, and allows them to cut back on the cost of shipping resources and other equipment.

  1. Affordability

This is undeniably one of the most influential reasons why educational institutions opt for storage container construction.

Typically, shipping container builds will cost approximately half of what traditional construction would cost per square foot.




If a 2,000 sqft traditional classroom would cost $300,000.00 to build, it would cost approximately $150,000.00 to build a shipping container classroom of the same size.

But remember— the final price tag will depend on the number of modifications required, the type of containers purchased, and whether or not any hiccups arise during the construction process.

  1. Build Speed

When compared to other forms of construction, shipping container builds are extremely time efficient. Since many shipping container units are pre-fabricated, they can be delivered quickly (given that no modifications are required).

Need a custom shipping container? Don’t worry. Even a fully customized unit takes as little as 4-10 weeks to finalize.

When compared to traditional construction timelines, which average out at around 4-6 months for a 2,000 square foot space, custom shipping containers are still the superior time-saving option.


How Conexwest Can Help


We are proud to have established a reputation for selling, fabricating, recycling, and renting top-quality shipping containers at an affordable price.

If you are interested in building a shipping container school, we can assist you at every stage of your project.

Whether it’s browsing through our extensive inventory of shipping containers for sale, booking modifications with our talented fabrication service professionals, or arranging a container delivery, we can ensure the development of your shipping container classroom is a smooth and hassle-free experience from start to finish.




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