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Two Benefits of using Modular Construction vs. Traditional Construction for Classroom Space

By now, hopefully you’ve seen our blog post on the Benefits of Modular Buildings and Portable Classrooms for Schools. If you haven’t, check it out here: https://satmodular.com/2016/02/15/portable-classroom-benefits/

In that post, we listed a couple benefits for schools to utilize Portable Classrooms when they run out of space. In this post, we’re going to dive deeper into two of those benefits: factory built and modular flexibility.

Modular Buildings are built in factory controlled settings.
Now, you might be thinking: “Does that mean robots construct your buildings?” And while we’d like to say yes (because how cool would that be?!), that’s not quite what we mean.

The factory where Satellite’s Modular Buildings are built are more like big warehouses with assembly lines and construction stations. Each station has certified workers that are responsible for a single component of the modular building construction process, including framing, electrical, duct work, and drywall/finishing to name a few.

One of the benefits of building modular buildings in a factory means it is easier to control construction conditions:

  • There is no delay due to weather.
    The factory warehouses are covered so they can continue to work on your modular building even if it is down pouring or blizzard conditions.
  • There is much better material quality control.
    Materials are stored inside the warehouse, so there is no wear and tear from weather or water damage to worry about.
  • Factory built doesn’t mean we skimp on inspections.
    Satellite’s modular buildings undergo the same inspections at every step of the construction process just like traditional construction sites do. We also participate in additional inspections to make sure our buildings are ‘road-ready’ so they can be transported to your school safely.

Modular Buildings are flexible in both size and configuration.
Satellite Shelters stocks several different types of portable classrooms which include options such as single or double classrooms, restrooms, hallways, science rooms, and cafeterias. Check out our inventory to see a few of these options on our website, here: [http://www.satelliteco.com/inventory/education-buildings/]

If a standard layout won’t fit your needs, there are additional options for you to consider. Build a new building or modify an existing space. Walls and doors can be added to existing portable classrooms to meet the need of your school. Satellite Shelters can provide modular building space for:

  • Administrative or Teachers Offices
  • Libraries and Computer Rooms
  • Science and Home Economics Classes
  • Cafeterias
  • Music Rooms
  • Press Boxes
  • Equipment Storage
  • And more!

Satellite Shelters has flexible financing options and can rent and sell both new and used equipment. So, whether you’re looking for a few additional classrooms or a whole new school, Satellite Shelters can help you ease classroom overcrowding and meet your school’s growing needs with portable classrooms and modular building solutions.

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What to do when you need to rebuild or renovate after a natural disaster

Natural disasters happen. They are usually scary, sometimes dangerous, and we almost always think they won’t happen to us. But what happens when they do?

Ignoring them might be your short-term solution, but it’s best to put a little thought into what you’ll do if a natural disaster happens at your place of business.

Putting a plan together includes not only a safety kit and having supplies in case of an emergency, but also how you will handle what needs to be done after the dust settles.

Putting together a Business Continuity Plan or Disaster Recovery Plan doesn’t have to be hard. Here are 2 things to consider if you experience damage after a natural disaster.

If you’ve determined that rebuilding is in your future, consider modular construction.

Utilizing modular construction gets you back up and running up to 35% faster over stick-built construction. This is due to the fact that your building is built in a factory and delivered to your location while the site is being prepared with foundations and utilities. Once site-work is completed, your building is assembled using our modular construction process. No need to wait for materials to arrive or delays due to weather.

Because your building is constructed in a factory, there is less material waste. There is tighter inventory control and protection for building materials from weather deterioration, ultimately saving you money. Your business is also up and running up to 35% sooner, meaning you open your doors back up for customers that much faster.

Satellite Shelters, Inc. combines building design and construction into one hassle-free solution to solve your space needs. For more information on our design/build process, visit our website at http://www.satelliteco.com/products/modular-building-design/

Satellite Shelters’ Mobile Offices and Modular Buildings are a great way to continue your company’s operations while your permanent facilities are repaired and remodeled. We get you back up and running with minimal downtime.

Our buildings are easily deploy-able, set up quickly, and can stay on site temporarily until you finish renovating. Our products include Mobile Offices, Administrative Offices, Portable Classrooms, Conference and Training Rooms, Cafeterias and Lunch Rooms, Storage Containers, and Blast Resistant Modules. We can even supply the necessary office equipment, furniture, and other products and services that you need to continue business as usual.

Check out this video to see how Vilonia United Methodist Church utilized Modular Construction and Satellite Shelters to continue services for their congregation after a tornado destroyed their existing space:

No one likes to think about disaster, but it’s critical to be prepared. With a national network of resources, Satellite Shelters, Inc. is prepared to help you when you are at your most vulnerable.

For more information on how we can help you with your disaster recovery & business continuity plans, visit our website at http://www.satelliteco.com/disaster-recovery/

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5 Equipment Options for Plants and Refineries

When it comes to keeping your workforce safe, there are a lot of options to consider. Personal protective equipment and other items such as forklifts, tie downs, ladders, etc. that make employees safe on the job-site are usually what come to mind, but what about the office or storage building to house additional workers or tools and equipment?

It’s important to also consider the building that employees work out of, especially in high risk industrial areas like plants or refineries. You cannot stop every accident, but being prepared can help you avoid them.

Satellite Shelters provides safe space and equipment options that were built with your safety in mind.

Blast Resistant Modules (BRMs)

Multi-wide and Multi-level Blast Resistant Modules

Satellite Safety Shelters BRMs are rated to withstand a blast from 1 to 8 PSI and up to 200 milliseconds in duration. These buildings meet the American Petroleum Institute’s Recommended Practice # 753 (API RP-753) which provides guidance for reducing the risk to personnel located in portable buildings from potential explosion, fire, and toxic release hazards.

There are different options for BRM configurations, including:

  • Single-wide units
    • For use on small job-sites or when limited personnel need safe building access.
  • Multi-wide units
    • For use on bigger job-sites with lots of personnel.
    • Can also be used for conference, lunchroom, or safety huddle space.
  • Multi-level units
    • For use with limited job-site space when the only way to go is up.
    • Combined with the single-wide units to create a quad office formation.
    • Combined with the multi-wide units, this configuration offers a lot of different use options.

Modular Buildings

Modular Building from Satellite Shelters

Satellite’s modular buildings are manufactured in a factory-controlled environment to the same standards as traditional construction. Modular Buildings are built as individual units and shipped to your job-site in pieces. Once all the pieces are on-site, the units are assembled together to create your building design.

Mobile Offices

Single-Wide Mobile Offices from Satellite Shelters

Mobile Offices come in single- or multi-wide configurations in a variety of sizes and floor plans. The most common use is for contractor’s offices on traditional construction sites, but we’ve also seen them used as temporary office space for hiring trailers, cooling or warming stations for special events, or even for ticket sales and guard houses.

Single-wide sizes range from 8′ x 20′ to 12′ x 60′ and can include private offices and restrooms. Our most common double-wide size is 24′ x 60′ which contains 4 private offices and a large open area for conference or cubical office space.

Storage Containers

Storage Containers from Satellite Shelters

Satellite’s storage containers come in 2 sizes: 8′ x 20′ and 8′ x 40′. They have corrugated steel sides and are wind and water tight to keep your materials dry and protected. Large cargo doors allow entry for pallet loading and unloading and a security lock box can be installed.

Additional Products & Services

Additional Products & Services from Satellite Shelters, Inc.

Satellite Shelters can offer additional products and services to make your job-site safer and more comfortable, offering you greater time savings and invoicing headaches.

Products include:

  • Furniture
  • Portable restrooms & hand-washing stations
  • Steps & ramps
  • Door & Window security options
  • And more

Services include:

  • Previously rented modular buildings for lease or purchase
  • Relocation & installation of customer owned units
  • Refurbishing & repair services
  • Parts & materials

Products and services vary by market so check with your Satellite Representative for more details.

Satellite Safety Shelters’ mission is to be a leader in providing integrated space solutions that keep our customers’ workforce safe in areas where occupational risks are high. Click below to get personalized options for your next project!

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Managing Turnarounds and Shutdowns in Industrial Operations

Proper management and planning of shutdowns, turnarounds, or outages are essential for industrial plants and refineries in order for them to avoid unplanned downtime in the future. Typically, a turnaround is a scheduled event where an entire industrial plant’s process is shut-down for an extended period of time. During which the plant will typically perform tasks such as inspections and testing, maintenance and cleaning, repairs, or even equipment replacements.

Turnarounds allow for the necessary maintenance and upkeep of operating units in order for plants to maintain safe and efficient operations. In order to have a successful turnaround, the right equipment and personnel are needed, but where will they work after you have them on-site?

Satellite Shelters, Inc. can help provide you with the modular space solutions that you need in order to protect your employees and equipment during these turnarounds and shutdowns. Depending on how close to the refinery or plant your employees need to be in order to do their jobs, Satellite Shelters provides all of your permanent and temporary space needs for zones close to the blast area.

Zone 1 – closest to the blast area
Since this zone is the closest to the turnaround operation, only essential personnel are needed. When that’s the case, Satellite Safety Shelters Blast Resistant Modules (BRMs) are a necessary addition to your project. These buildings were designed and engineered to resist the effects of a blast or explosion.

  • Sizes include 8′ x 20′, 8′ x 40′, and 12′ x 40′
  • Can withstand a blast from 1 to 8 PSI and up to 200 msec in duration
  • Satellite Safety Shelters BRMs have open floor plans and allow flexibility for any office or storage arrangement
  • End wall entry / exit doors to maximize limited blast zone space
  • Finished interiors including painted walls, ceilings, and floors to increase brightness and improve working conditions
  • Modifications include private offices or even rest rooms

Zones 2 & 3 – farther away from the blast area
As you get farther away from the turnaround operation, additional buildings can be used, dependent upon your refinery or plant’s site analysis.

A thorough site analysis is recommended and encouraged by Satellite Shelters before ordering additional buildings for your turnaround projects. Safety of everyone is always a top priority to us.

Modular Buildings, Mobile Offices, and Storage Containers can be used for employees that don’t need to be within the blast zone to perform their duties.

  • Expandable S-Plex Modular Buildings
    • Versatile solution to be used when you need flexibility to expand in the future
    • Temporary and permanent applications
    • Perfect for long-term projects
  • Mobile Offices
    • Use where any temporary space for workers is needed
    • Single- and Double-wide sizes available
  • Storage Containers
    • Keeps materials and equipment safe and dry
    • Sizes include 8′ x 20′ and 8′ x 40′
    • Easy access with double-wide doors
    • Safety Latch and Safety Lock-box available

Satellite Shelters has an award winning safety program and is approved to work with many companies and refineries across the US. We provide a wide range of modular space solutions for public and private enterprises including mobile offices, modular buildings, blast resistant modules, and design / build services. For more information, visit http://www.satelliteco.com or call us at (800) 453-1299.

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Expandable S-Plex Modular Buildings

So, you’ve decided to go the modular route when choosing a building option, but now what? There are a lot of different modular building possibilities to choose from, so how do you know which one is the right choice for you?

First, you need to consider how you will use the modular building. If it’s for a long-term project or semi-permanent application, but you still need the flexibility to expand, then an S-Plex Modular Building from Satellite Shelters may be the solution for you.

Satellite’s S-Plex Modular Buildings are a versatile modular building solution for any application where additional space is needed. Since they are easily assembled and expandable, the layout can be modified by inserting or removing center ‘modules’ to meet changing needs. They can be as small as a double-wide utilizing the A & D models (shown below) or as large as your application requires.

Choose from one model or combine several of the four floor plan options to create your own unique design:


  • End Wall Option
  • 2 Private Offices
  • 2 ADA Rest Rooms
  • Coffee Bar

S-Plex Floor Plan Model A_2


  • 2 Private Offices
  • Open Center for cubicles or meeting space

S-Plex Floor Plan Model B_2

C MODEL — available in limited markets

  • Open Floor Plan for personalized configurations

S-Plex Floor Plan Model C_2


  • End Wall Option
  • 2 Private Offices
  • Open Center for cubicles or meeting space

S-Plex Floor Plan Model D_2

Additional S-Plex Building Features:

  • Multiple State Codes for use from state to state
  • Wood Exterior Siding
  • Vinyl Covered Gypsum Interior Walls
  • Tile Flooring
  • Acoustical Lay-in Ceiling Tiles
  • Vertical Sliding, Double-Insulated Glass Windows
  • Double Walls on shared office walls for better sound control
  • Empty Junction Boxes in offices and common areas of A, B, and D Models for communication lines
  • Electrical HVAC Systems

When site space is limited now, but you want to leave room to grown and expand in the future, consider expandable S-Plex Modular Buildings from Satellite Shelters, Inc.

To learn more about these buildings and see example floor plans, visit our website: www.satelliteco.com/products/splex-flipbook/

About Satellite Shelters, Inc.
Since 1972, Satellite Shelters, Inc. has been a national provider of temporary and permanent modular space solutions. Products include: Mobile Offices, Modular Buildings, Ground-Level Offices, Storage Containers, and Blast Resistant Modules. For more information, visit their website at www.satelliteco.com.

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Healthy Classroom Options for Every Student

We understand how important it is to provide healthy building options to our customers. That’s why Satellite Shelters is proud to provide Portable Classroom Solutions to our customers within school districts that already take advantage of many of the environmentally friendly options outlined below.

Whether you’re looking for a few additional classrooms or an entire school, Satellite Shelters can help ease classroom overcrowding and meet your school’s growing needs.

Modular Construction, at its core, is fundamentally green and environmentally friendly due to the nature of off-site construction. Check out a few ways that our Portable Classrooms are green:

  1. Portable Classrooms are Factory Built
    • Construction and Material Waste is significantly reduced
    • Construction Noise and On-site Traffic is greatly minimized
    • No Construction Delays because of inclement weather
  2. They are Reusable & Relocatable
    • Modular Classroom Solutions are built to last through multiple users and need to withstand transportation to your site. Because of this reinforced construction, modular classrooms can be relocated to different sites and still reused as new buildings for these schools after the first use.
  3. They are Flexible & Adaptable
    • When needs change, modular buildings can be disassembled to add or remove one or more ‘modules’ quickly in order to minimize site disruptions.
  4. Additional Green Friendly Options & Modifications that can be made to Portable Classrooms:
    • Motion Sensor Lights, Faucets, Hand Dryers, etc.
    • Programmable Thermostats
    • Energy Star Products
    • Green Label Cleaning Supplies

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The techniques used in Modular Construction have also been shown to be inherently advantageous in 7 major areas of the USGBC LEED™ rating system:

  1. Less Material Waste
  2. Less Material Exposure to Inclement Weather
  3. Less Site Disturbance
  4. Safer Construction
  5. Flexibility
  6. Adaptability
  7. Built to Code with Shorter Build Times

If you’re in need of healthy classroom space, consider Satellite Shelters and contact your local office for more information. http://www.satelliteco.com/locations/

Related Post: How do Portable Classrooms benefit education operations?

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What’s in Your Safety Kit?

In the wake of recent weather events, we are reminded that it’s important to be prepared.

Knowing when a disaster will strike your home or office is impossible, but you can prepare yourself by having a survival kit located in or near your storm shelter. Make sure your kit is easily portable in the event that you need to relocate.

First on your list should be water. Ideally, you will want one gallon of water per person, per day. At home, you should maintain a one to two week supply of drinkable water.

Flashlights, radios, and batteries are next on the list in case of a power outage. Your radio should be battery operated and pre-tuned to a national weather station. Make sure you have fresh, extra batteries that fit both the flashlights and the radios.

Finally, a survival kit is not complete without a well-stocked first aid kit. Make sure it is stocked with different sized bandages to tend to any immediate injuries. You may also consider having additional medications or prescriptions on hand as well.

When it comes to you and your family’s safety, you can’t be over prepared. Here are a few additional items you may want to consider:

  • Extra cash
  • Matches
  • Non-perishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Emergency blankets
  • Multipurpose tools
  • Maps of the surrounding area with important landmarks highlighted

Check out our video for more ideas:

What else would you pack in your survival kit in the event of a natural disaster? Sound off in the comments!


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