Temporary structures are structures which are erected to fill a temporary need, lasting for hours, days, weeks, and sometimes months instead of years. There are a number of uses for temporary structures, ranging from camping trips to temporary housing for refugees. These structures come in a range of forms designed for different applications, and they are manufactured by a number of companies around the world.
A typical temporary structure is designed to provide shelter to people, products, equipment, animals, or anything else which needs to be sheltered. These structures may fill a temporary need, as seen when temporary structures are erected on farms during the harvest for the purpose of storing goods, or they may be used to provide shelter until permanent shelter can be built. For example, people who lose a home in a fire may install a trailer or another form of temporary structure to live in while the house is rebuilt.
Many companies make modular temporary structures which are reusable in addition to being easy to put up and take down. Modular structures can be moved easily all over the world, making them popular with campers, disaster relief crews, refugee initiatives, and so forth. They can usually be put up in less than a day to provide immediate shelter, and some may be very inexpensive as well.
Schools sometimes use temporary structures to create more classroom space if they have to accommodate more students than usual or if they are expanding their student bodies. Manufacturers use such structures to house overstocked products, equipment, and other errata when their own facilities are not large enough or are under renovation. Temporary structures can also be used to create offices, factory floors, and other types of workplaces when a workplace is being renovated or is under repairs. Likewise, they can be used on construction sites to create offices for construction crews, and in other locations like battlefields and the wilderness to create command posts which can be taken down when they are no longer needed.
The cost of a temporary structure varies. Some things which can influence cost include what the structure is made out of, whether it can accommodate plumbing, electricity, and other amenities, whether it is mobile or not, how easy it is to erect, and the purpose it is designed for. For example, a mobile operating room can be quite expensive due to the special features it needs, while a basic tent may be fairly inexpensive by comparison.