It’s a common problem for school districts across the country. Their construction projects get put on hold because they have nowhere to safely store classroom equipment. Another issue? Inventory getting lost during renovations. Many districts have found that the solution to these problems is found by using portable storage units.
For more than 10 years, Bruce Hultman, superintendent of supplies, services and logistics at the Shawnee Mission Unified School District, has used AT&S trailers and containers.
“Construction is pretty much ongoing for school districts. New developments or upgrades occur regularly. Something is always happening,” Hultman said.
The Shawnee Mission School District, located in Johnson County, Kan., educates approximately 27,418 students at 33 elementary schools, five middle schools and five high schools. “When it’s time for a renovation, a lot of the projects involve interior work. We have to move all the equipment and supplies out of the classrooms, and we typically pack it in reverse order for efficiency,” said Hultman. “The trailers and storage containers are a great way to do that. They’re temperature-controlled and secure. And, they’re safely out of the way of construction crews, too.”
With custom shelving systems, monthly or annual rental rates and 20-′ or 40-foot units available, some districts are now using storage units year-round.
They’re an affordable solution for excess recreational or sports equipment, and have even been fitted to become an easy- to-move, easy-to-use concession stand.
Hultman has worked with many other companies throughout his 36 years at Shawnee Mission. “We need a lot of their inventory throughout the year, and AT&S always finds a way to make it work. They work hard to make the rubber hit the road.”
Quick service is something Hultman appreciates, but he also likes straight shooting, too. “AT&S make it easy. They’re punctual and show up when they say they will, which makes all the difference. Same with their billing. No fine print, just upfront invoices and a handshake.”