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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
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