Education

Education

Educational facilities aren’t static. They’re continually being enhanced, expanded, and upgraded, particularly as classroom sizes grow and funding for certain programs, such as STEM, increases. As such, contractors and construction companies must keep up with these changes and meet the education industry’s evolving demands.

BigRentz can help you find the necessary equipment for your education construction project, whether you need a manlift to retrofit an old gymnasium or heavy compaction equipment to help lay the foundation for an entire campus of student housing. By renting these types of equipment and machinery, you can get the job done easily and efficiently and for less cost than buying.

Education
Education

The Evolution of Construction in the Education Industry

School buildings are evolving with the times, as administrators place more emphasis on active learning, research, and multimedia. Nearly gone are the days of single-purpose buildings. Grade schools, colleges, and universities are putting more emphasis on using renewable energy and sustainable, durable construction materials. Many school buildings, for instance, are more than 100 years old. They require renovation to meet current air quality and safety requirements while still preserving their architectural features.

To address issues of space, lighting, and airflow, many schools are being designed with higher ceilings and daylighting such as skylights. Buildings are also being designed and wired to accommodate technology-based learning. Many now have smart and hands-free features in bathrooms and labs.

School building regulations have also shaped the evolution of education construction services. Today’s school building codes focus on students’ safety and welfare, requiring buildings to be handicapped-accessible, have safe exits, be properly ventilated, and be able to withstand natural disasters such as tornadoes and earthquakes. This has resulted in a shift in the materials you see in modern education design. For example, they don’t use wood framing in new school construction, due to current fire code restrictions.

Eco-friendly and sustainable materials are replacing those with short life spans or poor efficiency. There’s an uptick in synthetic, green, and cool roofs. Fluorescent, LED, and other efficient lighting have replaced traditional incandescent light sources. Energy-efficient windows are becoming the norm.

Education Construction Solutions

When building or remodeling education facilities, you might need to rent a variety of equipment. Some commonly used machines BigRentz provides include:

  • Air compressors are ideal for spraying concrete or paint and working with air tools during construction. Because they tend to be quieter than other machines, they put out less disrupting noise during school hours.
  • Boom lifts are particularly useful for school roofing and siding since schools are often at least two stories high. BigRentz offers both telescopic and articulating boom lifts for working in open and tight spaces, respectively.
  • Carry deck cranes help lift heavy materials into place. You might use one to move the supplies needed to construct the structural steel frames and load-bearing masonry that is typical of many school buildings.
  • Compaction equipment is needed before laying concrete or building foundations if you’re building a school from scratch.
  • Light towers help you complete your job on time, particularly if you need to work at night to accommodate classroom hours.
  • Manlifts carry workers up to high indoor spaces. You’ll need one if you’re renovating a gymnasium or painting vaulted assembly hall walls.
  • Scissor lifts provide entire platforms for carrying materials. They are useful for completing indoor projects and routine maintenance in spaces with high ceilings.

These are just a few of the education construction equipment options you can choose from when renting from BigRentz.

Higher Education Construction Expertise

If you’re contracted to work on a higher education facility, make sure you’re aware of how it differs from a K-12 facility. You’ll face features such as playgrounds and locker-filled hallways, along with robotics labs and student housing. Higher education libraries, in particular, are becoming increasingly digitized and specialized.

Colleges and universities tend to place great emphasis on modern design, eco-friendly materials, renewable energy, and technological connectivity. Much of these institutions’ abilities to support such cutting-edge building projects are because they have greater funding than many K-12 schools, particularly public ones.

On that note, construction projects will vary between public and private institutions of any level, due to their funding sources. Public schools and colleges rely heavily on state and local government dollars to hire and pay for facilities construction and maintenance. Private institutions can source from donations, tuition, private foundations, endowments, and more.

Education Facility Maintenance

Education facilities require preventive maintenance to keep daily school operations running smoothly, prolong the life of existing equipment, and avoid costly future repairs. This is particularly important as older schools age. The frequency with which educational facilities should schedule maintenance for many pieces of equipment depends on manufacturer recommendations. Most, however, should be evaluated on an annual basis.

Maintenance of education facilities include:

  • Servicing HVAC and electrical systems
  • Replacing older equipment and features with energy-efficient ones
  • Fixing leaks and repairing roof damage
  • Replacing worn floor coverings
  • Repainting

If you get called in to perform school building repairs or preventive maintenance, you might need to rent equipment such as a manlift to update vaulted lighting fixtures, paint walls, or access hard-to-reach ductwork. If you find yourself making bigger repairs, you might need to rent a dumpster to collect waste safely.

Just as education facilities vary greatly in type and design, so does construction equipment. BigRentz can help you get the items you need to conduct maintenance quickly and avoid downtime for the school.

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