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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

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.

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,

School Playground Equipment Considerations

Educators know that play is one of the most effective ways for children to learn. That is why a well-designed and well-installed playground is an indispensable part of a school. Here, we provide some suggestions for School Boards and PTAs to consider when choosing playground equipment and installing play structures on their grounds. Before you

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

How Does a Classroom Design Affect a Child’s Ability to Learn?

Student outcomes are the most relevant factor when it comes to measuring the success of a learning environment. Though classroom design has an important influence on learning achievement, the majority of time is spent on traditional methods of enhancing the learning progress, such as executing standardized tests, professional growth for educators, and advancement or mediation

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

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
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