Portland Public Schools, like many public schools across the nation, face issues with overcrowding and aging infrastructure. Unfortunately funds allocated for the construction of new facilities tend to be minimal at best. PPS's solution to deal with overcrowding was to simply install portable classrooms temporarily until permanent infrastructure could be built. However, many of these structures that were meant to serve as a temporary solution remain and are struggling to meet capacities they weren't designed for. Additionally, current portable classrooms are designed with budget over functionality; meaning they quickly deteriorate and become poor learning environments. The premise of this project was to work collaboratively with PPS to re-think the portable classroom's place in schools and to create a more viable, permanent solution that is still within stringent budget restraints. This scheme utilizes old shipping containers (which can be acquired for a few thousand dollars) to serve as the structure and support spaces. Modular components are then infilled to create a classroom. This allows for higher ceiling heights, better ventilation, more natural light. Secondary support spaces and movable wall panels allow for a more versatile classroom that is able to adapt to different pedagogical approaches.
Status: School Project
Location: Portland, Oregon