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School Facilities & Campus

Returning Back to School While Keeping Kids Healthy and Safe

  As we prepare to for students to return to school and to re-enter this “new normal” of post-pandemic life, it is important to consider the impact that cleanliness can play in creating successful faculty, students and community. Younger children are more likely to touch their face, and other surfaces, than adults, which makes it

What Can Marquee Signs Do for Your School?

  By Tyler Pratt Marquee signs have been a staple to educational buildings and schools dating back to the classic one-room schoolhouse. They provide the school’s name, logo, colors, and give spirit to the campus upon arrival. They have evolved greatly over time: starting very basic, then adding customized messages through changeable lettering boxes, to

Furnishing Your School’s Exterior

  By Angela Maloney Outdoor spaces can offer a place to play, to work, to explore, to connect and to learn. After a year of changing guidelines and imposed restrictions, the outdoors have become more important than they ever have been and perhaps should always be. Are your school facilities and exterior spaces equipped with

Utilizing Polished Concrete Flooring in Schools

  One of the growing school renovation trends is implementing polished concrete floors into schools all over the country. Many schools are looking to polished concrete because of how many benefits come with it. Polished concrete can be placed pretty much anywhere in a school, including bathrooms, hallways, cafeterias, entryways, auditoriums and classrooms. There are

Indoor Air Quality Trends for COVID Reentry

  By Robert F. Goodfellow The current COVID-19 pandemic has placed a lot of emphasis on indoor air quality. With respect to HVAC systems, experts have stressed increasing outdoor ventilation air, MERV 13 or better air filtration, and use of portable air cleaners and germicidal UVC lights. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a complex issue.

How Modular Classrooms Can Help with Social Distancing

  Modular buildings have been a solution for overcrowding in schools for years. With many schools returning with in-person or face-to-face learning, the need for additional space is more important than ever. Modular classrooms offer a temporary solution with all the comforts of a regular classroom, and we have developed solutions for not only additional

Cafeteria Design Impacts Student Participation

  By Teri Wilson-Ruggles The school cafeteria is frequented by a large majority of students every day. The space serves a primary purpose of providing a dining area to provide nutrition to all who participate. However, as the need arises, these spaces have had to be transformed into versatile multi-purpose spaces due to increasing lack

Implementing Safety Graphics

  As schools begin to reopen their classrooms for in-person learning, educators must adapt new safety practices and protocols such as: Placing social distancing signage throughout their facility Creating emergency and contingency plans in case of infection Securing hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes for their campus Instituting new cleaning procedures Mandating face masks and desk

What Can Schools Learn About Effective Sanitation from Food Manufacturing?

  By Bob Ogren This back-to-school season will go down in history. Eyes around the nation were fixated on schools as administrators and board members made decisions about re-opening plans in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Private Christian schools played a big role in the return to school, in part because some families needed

Post-Pandemic Learning Environments

  By Steven Herr, AIA For educators, students and families, 2020 has been a test of patience and persistence. Finishing the school year remotely, creating contingency plans for a new year and preparing facilities for in-person learning this fall has forced many of us to reflect on the state of our learning environments. Even if

Air Quality in Educational Facilities

  By Trey Fly Air quality in educational facilities has always been very important. Schools have a high concentration of people that come and go every day, often bringing in new germs from the outside world. There are many studies over the years that correlate poor air quality with lower test scores and increased absences.

10 Spaces Every School Should Update with Signs Before Reopening

  Signs and graphics have always been used to provide direction, impart information, and inspire new behavior, but in a world adapting to a whole new mode of thinking, they become guiding lights on the pathway to safety. Exterior Yard signs can incorporate directional messages or imagery to point students and staff where they need

The Three Keys to a Return to Operations

  By Nathan Parr The world’s response to COVID-19 impacted us all. The return to school operations will bring families that have elevated expectations for a clean facility with a heightened understanding that it takes more to do it right. Schools have always faced a higher risk for exposure to, well, everything. With the return

School Cafeteria: Cleaning, Sanitizing and Targeted Disinfecting

  After a very long and unexpected break, halls and classrooms will soon be filled with returning students and staff. This extended vacation is the ideal time to get some targeted deep cleaning done. One of the most challenging places to clean is the school cafeteria. School cafeterias and kitchen areas contain a legion of

The Role of Sports Flooring Systems in Indoor Air Quality

  By Don Brown When considering the air quality in your school, it’s likely that sports flooring isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Unfortunately, not all floors, adhesives and other materials are made equal, and many of them can release pollutants into the air over time. So, when planning a sports floor installation

Buyer’s Guide to Modular Buildings

  Modular buildings are the epitome of modern construction, symbolizing how technology and research has led us to develop structures that are cost-effective and energy-efficient. With the potential to cut costs by 20 percent, it is not surprising why modular buildings are gaining popularity across the globe. Want to know more? This guide will walk

Kitchen Equipment Essentials for School Cafeterias

  Essential kitchen equipment for school cafeterias includes cook and hold ovens, steam tables, merchandising refrigeration, and heated merchandiser units. A school cafeteria serves a critical function beyond that of any typical restaurant. While the latter’s chief goal is to provide guests with a pleasant dining experience, cafeterias have the responsibility of providing the primary

Flexible Design for Multipurpose Spaces

  By Julie Wenckowski As schools are moving towards a more holistic approach to learning, creating flexible spaces that accommodate a variety of pedagogical learning styles has become a critical design element. Schools are removing sterile and cold spaces like cafeterias and large hallways and transforming them into flexible, functional spaces. Here are a few

How K-12 Facilities Impact Student Health and Learning

  By Eleanor Jacobson It is important to make sure your K-12 facilities are ready for the back to school season – all from a preventative maintenance perspective. And while being proactive in our facilities is important, there’s another benefit to keeping our school buildings in top shape: the well-being of our students. Asset longevity,

5 Ways Wall Graphics Build Community and School Pride

Schools are very important and influential institutions. From preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, and even college, school is the place where we spend almost a quarter of our lifetime. Even after we had graduated, we still feel emotional ties with our alma maters. Those years in one place have deeply imprinted their environment,

Using Assets in Nature to Create Playgrounds

Playgrounds have come a long way over the last decade. One of the most important movements in playground design has been using a more natural materials in the design of playgrounds. When you use more natural elements, these are more enticing to both adults and children. By using natural shade, native plant life, trees, and

5 Things to Think About When It Comes to School Flooring

By Sonya Myers Choosing the right school flooring should be an easy choice. And while there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, here are five criteria to help you select flooring that looks good and works hard. 1. Longevity Ideally, whatever flooring you choose for your school facilities will last a long time, and good flooring will be

Modular Buildings for Sports Complexes

Sports complexes today are becoming more and more intricate, involving a variety of different structures and buildings. Depending on the organization the complex is for, the facility can house practice fields, indoor training facilities, concession stands, practices fields, or even full-blown stadiums. Most of these buildings are small to medium in size. Modular construction provides

Identifying Effective Design Trends for School Multipurpose Halls

Pre-K–12 education has become far more sophisticated over the years, and with that has come the need to re-evaluate how school design must evolve to keep up with the current curriculum. There is a greater emphasis on student collaboration and creativity today, and technology has become a standard part of every learning environment. Many elementary,

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

5 Tips to Improve School Grounds

Those in charge of the grounds at schools should not underestimate the importance of grounds in contributing to school pride, first impressions and a professional image. It matters little the state of your school buildings when your grounds are the first thing people see. So, put some serious thought into ensuring your school grounds are

4 Steps for Marketing Your Food Program

Marketing is one of the most overlooked areas in school food. As operators, we get so caught up in the rules that we forget who we are there to serve. People like to feel part of things. They like to be kept informed and in the know. They are drawn by excitement. Students are people,

Digital Signage for Schools

Modern technology is evolving every day. It is a part of most of our daily activities. School time should be no exception. Neither kids nor parents want to see old chalkboards. It is shown that students are a lot more enthusiastic about learning when the experience is interactive. Digital signage can bring that interactive experience

The Importance of Entrance Matting

By Robert Segers Often overlooked and many times an afterthought, the proper matting at your building’s entrances can be the best investment you make to protect your interior flooring as well as the safety and well-being of your students, faculty, staff and visitors. Eighty percent of soil, dust, contaminants and moisture are tracked in on

Top 5 Myths About Modular Construction

There are a lot of misnomers out there in regards to modular construction and modular buildings. We have listed the top 5 that we come across on a regular basis and how modular can be the best and most cost-efficient solution for your project! Myth 1 Modular Buildings Are Low Quality Modular construction is the

The Effectiveness & Longevity of Multipurpose Rooms

By Julie Wenckowski Recently I worked with a school district that had a mixture of newer and older buildings. While the new buildings are constructed for the 21st Century learner, the older buildings’ “traditional” structure fell short. Administrators challenged the faculty and staff to think outside the box and transform the older buildings to meet

High-Speed, Energy-Efficient Hand Dryers Help Schools Pass the Sustainability Test

By Rick Ritacco Across the nation, greening initiatives have moved educational institutions of all kinds—public and private, religiously affiliated and non-religious—to examine their facilities’ every corner for eco-friendly opportunities. It stands to reason that an increasing number have considered the restrooms; after all, in any building where scores of people convene, the restrooms may well

Top 5 Uses of Digital Signage for Schools

Digital signage can help bring an entire school together. It’s bright, colorful, and easily noticed! Built with LEDs, these signs are simple to program with the exact message you want. LED signs go far beyond just informing your students and faculty. They help to include your local community in events, celebrate school achievements, and can

Ten Tips on Selecting a Janitorial Cart

A well-organized and properly designed janitorial cart can make the custodian’s job easier, safer, and more effective, while improving productivity. For cleaning contractors and facility managers, improving worker productivity often means work gets done faster and janitorial workers can attend to more cleaning tasks, such as those addressed only if time allows. According to Dennis

Resilient Flooring for Schools: Why, Where and How

By Tom Plaskota As its name makes clear, resilient flooring is designed to hold up in demanding environments. Its durability and stain and water resistance make it a popular choice for busy – and potentially messy! – school spaces. Historically, vinyl composition tile has been the most popular and most economical flooring choice for schools.

Modular Design Can Be Both High-Quality and Fast

Contrary to general assumptions, the design process for industrial wood construction can be both high-quality and fast. The advantages of modular design are clear. Dimensionally accurate wood elements can help in improving both the technical design process and collaboration between partners. Prefabricated wood elements enable fast, efficient and easy design without reducing quality. Reports on