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Ontario encouraging building of pre-fabricated schools to cut costs

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According to reports last week, the Ministry of Education is looking to build cheaper schools.

This could have significant ramifications on built form and architectural quality. It could also impact neighborhoods, as schools are often more than just for learning, but act as community hubs, meeting spaces and recreation centres.


 
According to reports last week, the Ministry of Education is looking to build cheaper schools.

This could have significant ramifications on built form and architectural quality. It could also impact neighborhoods, as schools are often more than just for learning, but act as community hubs, meeting spaces and recreation centres.



This, at the same time, the 'conservative' government of Mr. Legault in Quebec promised architectural design competitions for schools!
 
According to reports last week, the Ministry of Education is looking to build cheaper schools.

This could have significant ramifications on built form and architectural quality. It could also impact neighborhoods, as schools are often more than just for learning, but act as community hubs, meeting spaces and recreation centres.



Which is why I thought this didn't make much sense. The needs of each community is very different.

I suppose this might work for some brand new builds. The costs savings would likely be small though. If they want savings, they would probably be better off building a net zero house.
 
It could save costs in suburban locations where the school boards have lots of land to configure modules.

Toronto's school sites are typically too tight and constrained for pre-fab though. If the TDSB is looking to cut construction costs, they need to take a look at their policy of free parking for teachers. They are spending literally millions building massive underground parking garages at their newer schools.
 

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