The Waldorf School of Orange County recently unveiled a set of new buildings made from 32 shipping containers. It took 99 days to build the 4 free-standing buildings which provide 10,000 square meters of new classroom space, administrative offices, a science lab, a library, a student lounge and an auditorium.
The $2 million school is the first of its kind in Orange County and the largest green project in the region. Most of the framing and electrical components were built off-site and transported to Costa Mesa so that the workers could add drywall, insulation and paint. You can barely tell that the final building is made from repurposed shipping containers.
The two-story-high auditorium is made of 9 shipping containers, while the classroom spaces are made from four containers each. This green initiative takes the trend of using recycled building materials and repurposing prefab components to the next level, and it offers a great model for how green building techniques could change our schools.