K-12 Schools

How do you create an inspiring space that has to survive the wear and tear, daily, of hundreds or maybe even thousands of kids and teens? Not only will the design be challenging, but the district’s budget may be an obstacle of its own. However, with the right approach, a school can be the foundation of a generation.

A new study of nine schools in Washington D.C. corroborates recent research finding that modernization creates more satisfactory places for students and faculty. Image: Perkins Eastman, Investing in our Futures: How School Modernization Impacts Indoor Environmental Quality and Occupants.

November 05, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new paper reports on a recent study of nine schools in Washington DC that gauged occupants’ per...

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K-12 market trends 2018: Common areas enable hands-on learning

Wilson School, designed by Leo A Daly and BIG, is under construction in Arlington, Va. The cantilevered “fanning bars” will open up rooftop spaces adjacent to each classroom, providing students a wide range of indoor and outdoor learning environments. Rendering: BIG  

July 26, 2018 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Modern designs emphasize social and collaboration spaces outside the classroom.

May 30, 2018 |
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Aerial rendering of Kihei High School

Rendering courtesy G70

January 24, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

G70 is the architect, planner, and civil engineer of record for the project.

Colorado State University's 121,600-sf Behavioral Sciences Building in Fort Collins is one of the many higher education projects that Bennett Wagner Grody has worked on. Image: BWG

November 02, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Future mergers could be in the offing.

The design and construction of a 270,000-sf elementary school in Cambridge, Mass., are guided by that city's net zero energy goals. Image: William Rawn Associates.

October 28, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The building’s programming will provide more access to the community at large. 

The 250,000-sf Lee Magnet High School

The 250,000-sf Lee Magnet High School, East Baton Rouge, La., is organized around three academies, each with 400 students, specializing in STEM, biomedical, and digital arts. Photo: Michael Robinson Photography.

October 09, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Some long-term K-12 trends—like beefing up safety and security, and designing for more natural li...

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Instead of a library, Hermantown High School, near Duluth, Minn., has a wired media center. Books are available in a high-density storage area. Photo: Steve Silverman Photography.

October 09, 2017 | BD+C Staff

Gilbane Building Co., Balfour Beatty US, and Skanska USA top BD+C’s ranking of the natio...

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Waunakee Intermediate School

Waunakee Intermediate School Library, Photo: EUA

October 06, 2017 | BD+C Staff

AECOM, IMEG/KJWW/TTG, and STV top BD+C’s ranking of the nation’s largest K-12 sector eng...

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Students work on computers in a conference room

Courtesy: Legat Architects

October 06, 2017 | BD+C Staff

Stantec, DLR Group, and PBK top BD+C’s ranking of the nation’s largest K-12 sector archi...

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​View from classrooms (Building A) to learning platforms and play area at the Awty International School in Houston

​View from classrooms (Building A) to learning platforms and play area at the Awty International School in Houston. Photo: Shepley Bulfinch

October 02, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Shepley Bulfinch designed the 75,000-sf campus.

A classroom with large tables and a brick wall

Pixabay Public Domain

September 12, 2017 | Perkins Eastman

Metrics suggest correlation between key design strategies and occupant satisfaction and building...

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The exterior of the Rachel Carson Music and Campus Center, with the 19th century smokestack visible.

Photo courtesy of Windover Construction

September 11, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

CBT Architects and Windover Construction collaborated on the adaptive reuse project for Middlesex...

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The exterior of the environmental studies building at Bishop O' Dowd high school

David Wakely

August 31, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The LEED Platinum and Zero Net Energy Verified building minimizes energy use via its site orienta...

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An aerial view of CIS Nordhavn

Photo courtesy of C.F. Møller 

August 09, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

C.F. Møller designed the building to create a connection between the school premises and the surr...

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A rendering of Design Tech High School's outdoor terraces, glassy facade, and public paths

Rendering courtesy of DES Architects + Engineers

August 01, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Design Tech High School, located on Oracle Corporation’s Headquarters campus, will span 64,000 sf...

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Exterior of the Silber Center, designed by Ziger/Snead Architects.

July 14, 2017 | Rob Cassidy, Executive Editor

Students learn environmental skills, natural resource management, urban agriculture, and water qu...

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Courtesy Kirksey

July 12, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Maker spaces, dry-erase walls, and flexible furniture highlight Kinkaid’s new Learning Center....

Robert Benson Photography

June 07, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Gold Award: Community involvement was paramount as Newtown, Conn., replaced the school where a ma...

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June 05, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

A “learning stair” will connect the cafeteria to the main level.

May 31, 2017 | Lauren Scranton, NAC Architecture

In collaboration with room2learn, NAC launched a campaign aimed at crowd-sourcing information on...

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Rendering courtesy LMN Architects

May 01, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The building will provide 74,289 sf of space across its five-story classroom bar.

Photo courtesy of Cuningham Group

February 08, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The hall offers bountiful natural light with enough space to build large-scale projects.

An aerial view of the Susan B. Anthony School in Daly City, Calif., one of the signature projects of Deems Lewis McKinley, which specializes in K-12 design. Image: DLM

January 19, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The combination is expected to bolster HED’s presence in northern California and the K-12 sector....

Winthrop, Mass., combined its middle and high schools into a new 189,500-sf, $64 million building. Students study Viking history and work in groups to build Norse-themed artifacts in the annual Viking Longships program (the Viking is the school mascot). HMFH was the architect. Courtesy of Ed Wonsek.

December 14, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Bigger buildings, more outdoor space, and greater involvement from the private sector are among t...

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Stoddert Elementary & Community Center, in Washington D.C., features a computer lab rotation design that provides students individual access to technology. 

December 12, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

AEC teams are being asked to design and build schools with enough flexibility to adapt to changin...

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Spending on Construction Put in Place has almost completely recovered from the hit it took during the recession. But spending in the Education sector continues to be well below its latest peak. Image: JLL 

October 23, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Post-recession slump suggests a settling in at a “normal” level similar to the mid aughts.

The two-story, 44,000-sf Central Middle School in San Carlos, Calif., is the first school to be constructed using Folia, a K-12 concept that leans on pre-engineering to provide greater design flexibility and customization, as well as quicker delivery (in under a year) and lower overall costs than traditional building methods. The concept is the brainchild of Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, Blach Construction, and structural engineer Gregory P. Luth and Associates. The firms have been refining the system for five years. Image: Tomasz Biernacki, Pechara Studio.

August 23, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Folia system uses pre-engineered components to deliver school buildings at 20% less cost. ...

August 23, 2016 | BD+C Staff

A roll-up emergency department, next-gen telemedicine center, and biophilic cooling pods are amon...

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