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Architecture Trends in K-12 Schools

  By Bill Whittaker Schools are some of the most complex and unique structures in all of architecture. Builders tasked with these projects have to consider strict budget requirements, high safety standards, and the complex needs of an academic institution. Since K-12 schools are such important facilities, the trends for designing these buildings have evolved.

Village Christian School

  As one of the school’s biggest projects in 25 years, this three-tiered project included converting an existing gymnasium into a multi-purpose performing arts venue and developing two new facilities: a Performing Arts Annex, including a black box theater, and an Athletic Training Facility. The pavilion included lobby and building façade renovation, as well as

John Curtis Christian School

Construction was completed for the John Curtis Christian School – New Educational Complex located on the Lower School Campus in River Ridge, Louisiana. The project serves as a replacement for two previously demolished original buildings, which were damaged during hurricanes Katrina and Gustov. The new two-story, 26,000-square-foot facility offers 14 new classrooms to the campus,

Ames Christian School

The Ames Christian School in Ames, Iowa, came into being through the efforts of building contractors and the volunteer labor of many of the student’s families. Pressed for space in their existing location, the school recognized the need to provide a new facility for their students that would be more conducive to learning. Current needs,

Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep

Cristo Rey Dallas College Preparatory School provides a unique educational opportunity and experience for their students located in Pleasant Grove. Through industry leader and local business partnerships, Cristo Rey Dallas students have the opportunity to participate in a corporate work study program from their freshman to senior year. Through real-world learning experiences, students will gain

Unity Christian High School

When this project was conceived, the goal was to achieve a thermally efficient, durable, functional and attractive structure that would also provide a high level of safety to the local community. Kerkstra Precast worked with Unity Christian staff with plant visits over many years. They also worked with GMB Architecture and Engineering on design ideas

5 Time-Tested Tips for K-12 Design

Rapid technology advancements, sustainable design and new pedagogies incorporating various learning styles have permanently changed the way students learn. Consequently, school designers are modifying their approaches to incorporate these elements while still meeting fundamental student needs. I’ve been designing schools for a long time, and I’ve seen trends come and go. Here are five time-tested

Gilbert Christian School

Gilbert Christian High School is a two-story, above-ground building with a basement. The enclosed building area totals about 70,400 square feet. The Greek-style architectural facade of the building is mixed with Corinthian accents to create a unique building in the surrounding area. The school is clad with only two components: a custom Arizona thin brick

Grace Christian School

A year and a half after breaking ground, Grace Christian School in Millgrove, Ontario, opened its doors last September – right in time for the new school year. The brand-new school is the result of an amalgamation between Burlington’s John Calvin Christian School and Flamborough’s Covenant Christian School, which was demolished to make way for

Paul VI Catholic High School

The Catholic Diocese of Arlington engaged VMDO to lead the planning and design process to relocate Paul VI Catholic High School from its founding location in Fairfax, Virginia, to a new site in Loudoun County. The first and most critical step of the four-year process of design and construction was a three-month programming effort of

Bethany Christian Schools

Goshen, Indiana Sometimes what can’t be seen is as important as what can be seen. In the case of Bethany Christian Schools launching a large-scale improvement project to its facility, roof and mechanicals, the external benefits won’t be nearly as obvious as the long-term savings and the educational opportunities created. Bethany Christian Schools, along with

Private School Construction for K-12 Executives

Our private school construction series explores different facets of the private school construction process. It provides education executives and their teams high-level insights and tools to navigate their capital projects. Part one of our private school construction series explores how building your team early puts your capital project on track to deliver a facility that

Central Catholic High School

Portland, Oregon Central Catholic High School’s first wing was built in 1939. Since then, a succession of additions filled out the urban four-block site, and CCHS transformed from a 1,000-male student body to a vibrant 800-student co-ed population. A few years ago, the school challenged Bora Architects to develop a plan to modernize the building

Principia School

Hastings+Chivetta Architects has completed a 29,738-square-foot renovation to the library at Principia School, a pre-K-12 boarding school located in suburban St. Louis, Missouri. The firm served as architect, interior designer, and construction administrator. Hastings+Chivetta has a close partnership with the school, having completed 12 projects on campus in the past 10 years. Within the library

St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School

BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers has completed the $2.08 million redesign and renovation of the 8,200-square-foot library at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip, New York. BBS served as architect; interior and furniture designer; mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineer; and technology consultant. The scope of construction work included the

Lake Mead Christian Academy

Lake Mead Christian Academy is a private faith-based K-12 located in Henderson, Nevada. The first phase of this multi-phased project included 47,000 square feet containing 19 secondary classrooms, 6 early education classrooms and 13 offices for administration, technology, and teachers/faculty. The new multiple-purpose room seats 300 cafeteria style and is a flexible space that can

King's Ridge Christian School

Located in Alpharetta, Georgia, King’s Ridge Christian School is considered one of the premier private schools in the area with the mission to provide a college preparatory education equipping students to know, to serve, and to believe. This project includes the addition of two buildings to this active campus: a High School Building and the

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