08 November 2011
The future of this great nation relies on innovation.
The financial crises of 2008 forced economic growth in this nation to crawl; with rising unemployment rates, the federal government is left with a budget far greater than revenue can support. Since this course of action seems unsustainable, one of two things must happen--either taxes must be raised, or government spending cut. The federal government allocates money for education, teacher salaries, building renovations, and the construction of new schools, and with little to no money available then all of the above will greatly be impacted even more.
Ever since the 2008 money crises the American people have began saving their money due to uncertainty. Uncertainty of what the future might hold for them and their families. With more and more people spending less, more have begun demanding a decrease in government spending; the government must look to start saving money wherever it can. Utilizing these shipping containers would be a great step in the right direction.
An advantage to utilizing shipping containers for new schools would be the faster build times, and the ability to construct schools for a lot less money. The traditional method for building schools is to first lay a foundation. Once the foundation has been set, the next step is to build the structural frame. The final step would be to build the interior and the exterior finishes. If one where to utilize shipping containers for schools, there would be no need to build a frame since the shipping containers would be the frame. In addition to skipping the step of building a frame, the amount of interior and exterior finishes would be very minimal. For example, the exterior might only require some paint.
Using existing shipping containers for infrastructure is a great way the government could circumvent costly school construction. Bill Hinchliff has recently been involved in turning thirty-two shipping containers into a ten thousand square foot high school. If every new public school building were to be made out of eco-friendy shipping containers this would not only free up some land that these containers take up, but would also free up additional resources that are usually allocated to traditional school construction.
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