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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,
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