Portable buildings are essential ingredients in effective construction efforts in theUnited States. They are used for many purposes, one of the most important of which is for the storage of construction plans, communications equipment and other essential utilities for the construction process. Contractors and forepersons often use portable buildings at construction sites to hold meetings with their construction crews; they use them to discuss building schedules, for breaks and for many other purposes. These portable buildings can be easily and inexpensively transported to construction sites and then relocated to other projects when needed.
There are many other examples of the utility of portable buildings outside of the context of construction.
In recent years, many American schools, particularly in the case of rural communities, have begun to make use of portable buildings because of their relatively low cost and their ease of movement. Portable buildings are usually less expensive than the purchase of existing permanent buildings or the construction of new ones. In addition to this, they can be preassembled by manufacturers and shipped to their installation sites. For this reason, the portable building purchasing and installation phases can be much less time consuming than the construction of permanent structures.
Portable buildings are useful in an extensive variety of contexts throughout industry, commerce and beyond. They can be found at car dealerships, restaurants, propane distribution companies, theme parks, fire department training centers and a long list of other places where the need for inexpensive, portable buildings is present.
Despite their portability, portable buildings generally are not significantly weaker than permanent structures. On the contrary, they usually must be designed to withstand the stresses of transportation, which means that they can sometimes be stronger in terms of structural resilience than permanent structures. Portable buildings are exceptionally valuable and economical utilities.