Friday, April 26, 2013

Sprout Space School on Display at the National Building Museum in DC

With many schools busting at the seams, about 7.5 million students in the United States today are being taught in more than 300,000 portable classrooms. Sadly, architect Allen Post says, “These classrooms are often times dark. They are often times loud, and they are not really conducive to learning.”

A few years back, Perkins + Will, an architectural firm with offices in major cities worldwide, started devoting some of its minds, including Post’s, to the problem of how to build better spaces for today’s students—in urban, suburban and rural areas. The firm leaned on its experience designing more than 2,500 schools in the past 75 years, and released Sprout Space in January, a sustainably built modular classroom fit for the 21st century.

The 1,008-square-foot Sprout Space is a ready-made solution, outfitted with a photovoltaic array on its roof, a nifty rainwater collection system and space for an educational garden. Unlike other portable classrooms, this one has plenty of windows.

Mark Line is the manufacturer – Triumph Modular is the distributor (for the East Coast).  They are the exclusive manufacturer east of the Rockies.  The unit on display at National BuildingMuseum was built at Mark Line’s Roxboro, NC plant. 

“There have been studies that show that natural daylight in the classroom increases student performance up to 21 percent,” says Post. For approximately $150,000, the classroom can be transported—in pieces on two semi-trucks—anywhere in the country and constructed in 60 days.

Contact John R. Morrison, LEED Green Associate; Marketing + Business Development Director for more information

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