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.
Should your next school project include a safe room?

Wrestling room doubles as safe room at a Wichita, Kan., school. Photo: FEMA

February 26, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Many school districts continue to resist mandating the inclusion of safe rooms or storm shelters...

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Construction funding still scarce for many school districts

The 11th high school in Houston’s Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District will be part of a 179-acre, 592,000-sf “educational village” that eventually will include middle and elementary schools. The project is one of dozens of new K-12 campuses being planned throughout Texas to keep up with the population growth. Rendering: PBK Architects, courtesy Cypress-Fairbanks ISD

February 26, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Many districts are struggling to have new construction and renovation keep pace with student popu...

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D.C.'s Dunbar High School is world's highest-scoring LEED school, earns 91% of base credits

Natural light floods the interior spaces. All photos: copyright Joseph Romeo

February 26, 2015 | Perkins Eastman

The 280,000-sf school achieved 91 points, out of 100 base points possible for LEED, making it the...

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Polish architect designs modular ‘kids city’ kindergarten using shipping container frames

The complex will be filled with terraces and gardens where children can learn basic biology. All renderings courtesy Adam Wiercinski Architecture.

February 25, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Forget the retrofit of a shipping container into a building for one moment. Designboom showcases...

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Photo: Geo Swan via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Geo Swan via Wikimedia Commons

January 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Construction consultant FMI foresees—with some caveats—continuing growth in the office, lodging,...

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Transparent fire-rated entry evokes openness at Johnson & Wales University. Phot
December 30, 2014 | Technical Glass Products

As more students enter the school system each year, designing for fire safety in educational faci...

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U.S. Census Bureau

December 02, 2014 | Associated Builders and Contractors

This month's increase in nonresidential construction spending is far more consistent with the ane...

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At Coastline Community Colleges Newport Beach (Calif.) Campus, the Building Tea
November 10, 2014 | C.C. Sullivan and Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editors

Providing more comfortable conditions to building occupants has become a top priority in today’s...

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The projected 506 students will be distributed between three classroom wings, tw

Design firm Svigals + Partners used various measures to tighten security while avoiding heavy-handed features.

November 06, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The design of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School on the site of the 2012 Newtown, Conn., school...

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November 03, 2014 | ASSA ABLOY

ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, has signed on as a platinum sponsor of S...

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The LEED Gold Evie Garret Dennis E-12 Campus supports 1,600 Pre-K through 12th-g
October 27, 2014 | Amy McIntosh, Associate Editor

A study by DLR Group and Colorado State University attempts to quantify the student performance b...

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All illustrations: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
October 21, 2014 | BD+C Staff

At the conclusion of the show, the modular classroom structure will be moved to a permanent locat...

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The research can help designers identify which products should be subjected to e

The research can help designers identify which products should be subjected to extra scrutiny during the design and construction

October 16, 2014 | Perkins+Will

The white paper includes a list of 193 flame retardants, including 29 discovered in building and...

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Effective, fun fire-rated egress stairwell. Photo: TGP
October 16, 2014 | Technical Glass Products Sponsored Content

Among the building elements contributing to the success of the elementary school’s public learnin...

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Photo courtesy Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities

Photo courtesy Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities

October 15, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The impetus behind Harvard's Center for Green Buildings and Cities is what the design school’s de...

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Invasive probes, including test cuts of existing EIFS cladding, can uncover hidd
October 14, 2014 | Arthur L. Sanders & Benjamin J. Robinson, Hoffmann Architects

This AIA CES Discovery course discusses the six elements of an EIFS wall assembly; common EIFS fa...

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At Ohlone Community College in Fremont, Calif., CannonDesign, in association wit
October 13, 2014 | Raissa Rocha, Associate Editor

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the American Institute of Architects’ effort to have arc...

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The 170,735-sf net zero emissions office building prototype in St. Louis, Mo., d

The 170,735-sf net zero emissions office building prototype in St. Louis, Mo., designed by HOK and The Weidt Group. Rendering: H

October 09, 2014 | BD+C Staff

A new study by Navigant Research projects that public- and private-sector efforts to lower the ca...

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Photo: Samuel Boisvert via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Samuel Boisvert via Wikimedia Commons

September 24, 2014 | AIA

On the heels of recording its strongest pace of growth since 2007, there continues to be an incre...

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September 22, 2014 | Julie Higginbotham, Senior Editor

From metal mesh panels to concealed-suspension ceilings, here's our roundup of the latest acousti...

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Photo: Tomasz Sienicki via Wikimedia Commons
September 08, 2014 | Megan Donham, Associate Consultant, CBRE Healthcare

The underlying variables and tools used to manage collaboration between teams is ultimately the d...

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September 05, 2014 | AIA

The CAE Design Excellence Award honors educational facilities that the jury believes should serve...

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Steel curtain wall entry with heat-mirror glass. Image: TGP
September 04, 2014 | Technical Glass Products Sponsored Content

In this the new facility, middle school and high school classroom wings flank either side of the...

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Tesoro Corporation headquarters in San Antonio, TX, a LEED-certified building. P
September 03, 2014 | Green Building Certification Institute

The LEED Proven Provider designation is designed to minimize the need for additional work during...

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Berea Colleges Deep Green residence hall, designed by Hastings+Chivetta Archi
September 03, 2014 | BD+C Staff

AECOM, Gensler, and Turner top BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest green design and construct...

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August 27, 2014 | BD+C Staff

A study examining what architects can learn from children, especially during the design process,...

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Rendering: RMF Engineering
August 14, 2014 | Seth Spangler, PE, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP

There are many hurdles to overcome when completing a life cycle cost assessment. RMF Engineering’...

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Rendering: RMF Engineering
August 14, 2014 | Seth Spangler, PE, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP

A life cycle cost analysis helps a school district decide which HVAC system to use in $198 millio...

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Low-rise structures and pedestrian streets characterize the new Henderson-Hopkin
August 05, 2014 | Julie S. Higginbotham, Senior Editor

After a long period of anemic performance, with growth mostly driven by renovations and additions...

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Office reconstruction to suit new work styles is becoming a hot category. A Buil
July 29, 2014 | Julie S. Higginbotham

Following years of fairly lackluster demand for commercial property remodeling, reconstruction re...

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