Today we want to present to you “La Secundaria de Valladolid”, is a unique project in the Mexico educational field. From the beginning the design goal was to do something different and new but also attractive to the students. One of the most important conditions of the project was the construction time, that was because of the “Secretaria de Educación Pública” ( SEP), they had to have built the facilities on a specific date.The mixture of these two factors suggested us to use shipping containers for the classrooms, solving the problem of the building times and also adding the plus factor of recycling and protecting the environment.
Courtesy of the “Boutique de Arquitectura” The full project includes 15 classrooms . The first stage already completed, consists of 5 classrooms, including 3 classrooms to teach , one computer lab, and one poly-functional lab ( for physics, chemistry and biology). Also all the additional spaces needed for the proper functions of the school were built: Bathrooms, Stockrooms and Lab Annexes.
To build each of the classes or modules, It was used a 40ft High Cube Container (HC 40″ Container ) divided by two halfs, the two pieces are joined together using a natural lighting and ventilation core made of glass. All the structural reinforcements were made based on structural analysis certificate . This process was extremely complicated , since there are not a large number of projects made of recycled shipping containers.
The difficulty arises from the lack of available information and specific construction methods for this type of construction in Mexico. After a long and deep analysis, absolutely all the installation and structural details were resolved successfully. The construction experimented several challenges throughout its duration ( 3 months), they were de short end time, the logistics, and the complexity of connecting all the installations to each module.
Like the major part of the projects of “Boutique de Arquitectura” La Secundaria de Valladolid” includes an important ecological part. This time we use the shipping containers previously used for loading and unloading through the oceans. By doing this we reduce the environmental impact, the traditional construction methods involve the use of the natural resources which are directly avoided. Also we length the life of the containers, giving them a second use, increasing the speed of the building construction and avoiding the waste of these used containers as a pile of scrap.