Kids at the Waldorf School of Orange County in Costa Mesa, California are going to green classrooms by using recycled shipping containers.
Using what they call the "[e]co classroom architecture," the Waldorf School has used primarily corrugated steel containers to build classrooms, restrooms, offices, a science lab, art space, student lounge and auditorium. The project, which started in February this year, had a budget of 2 million USD and used 10,000 sq.ft of space and 32 shipping containers. These containers were pre-constructed off-site including interior framing and electrical components, and then transported and set up in the school.
These school facilities are green, durable and will be used by kids from pre-kindergarten to grade 12.
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1. Recycled Material Architecture - The use of recycled shipping containers as classrooms showcases the potential for incorporating sustainable materials in construction projects.
2. Modular Construction - The use of pre-constructed shipping containers highlights the increased adoption of modular building techniques, allowing for faster and more efficient construction processes.
3. Green Education Spaces - The development of green classrooms demonstrates the growing emphasis on creating sustainable learning environments that promote environmentally-friendly practices.
1. Construction - Construction companies can explore the opportunity to specialize in the construction of structures using recycled shipping containers and modular building techniques.
2. Education - Schools and educational institutions can consider adopting similar green classroom initiatives to provide sustainable and environmentally-conscious learning spaces for students.
3. Sustainable Design - Architectural firms and designers specializing in sustainable design can leverage the concept of using recycled materials, such as shipping containers, to create eco-friendly structures.