School Design

Sustainability in Schools

With the diverse demands and complexity on K-12 projects, experience is a key component of successful project management. Experience is also a critical element to success in optimizing school designs for sustainability.

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Why Permitting Matters

John Hart, PE, CDT, LEED AP

School projects are challenging for so many reasons. Chief among them: Permitting. In Massachusetts, particularly, good building sites are difficult to come by. Wetlands and other site constraints often restrict development, and many new schools are built on the same sites as the ones they will...

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Nurture Through Nature

Samantha Farrell, Associate ASLA

Educators and designers are in constant search of the perfect learning environment, and outdoor learning spaces are the next educational frontier. Simply “getting back to nature” can be paramount to a child’s creativity, cognition, and overall health.

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Designing for ALL

Kate Jessup, RA

As architects, it is our primary responsibility to design for the health, safety, and general welfare of our clients. When we design schools, however, our primary focus shifts from the client to the end user—the students.   According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 6.4 million U.S...

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1:1 Computing and BYOD in the K-12 Environment

Patrick Weygint, RCDD

The rate at which classroom technology has developed in these first decades of the 21st Century can perhaps best be described as “hyper-drive.” The vision: All students, parents and educators linked seamlessly in a virtual learning environment via an array of mobile devices. Every moment, a...

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