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K-12 Schools

Average age of U.S. school buildings is just under 50 years

The average age of a main instructional school building in the United States is 49 years, according to a survey by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). About 38% of schools were built before 1970. Roughly half of the schools surveyed have undergone a major building renovation or addition.


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Architects | Gensler | Mar 28, 2017

A restroom for everyone

Restroom access affects everyone: people with medical needs or disabilities, caretakers, transgender people, parents with children of the opposite gender, and really anyone with issues or needs around privacy.

Building Team | Hinge | Mar 6, 2017

AEC firms: Your website is one of the most important things you'll build

Don’t believe it? You’d better take a look at the research.

Building Team | GWWO | Mar 1, 2017

Intuitive wayfinding: An alternate approach to signage

Intuitive wayfinding is much like navigating via waypoints—moving from point to point to point.

Building Team | Stantec | Feb 21, 2017

Artifacts down the street: Exploring urban archaeology

Archaeologists continually unearth artifacts in our cities. It's time to showcase them.

Building Team | Feb 2, 2017

HOK joins Well Living Lab Alliance sponsored by Delos and Mayo Clinic

The Well Living Lab studies the connection between health and the indoor environment to transform human health and well-being in places where we live, work, learn, and play.

Architects | Jan 24, 2017

Politicians use architectural renderings in bid to sell Chicago’s Thompson Center

The renderings are meant to show the potential of the site located in the heart of the Chicago Loop.

Designers | Stantec | Jan 13, 2017

The mind’s eye: Five thoughts on cognitive neuroscience and designing spaces

Measuring how the human mind responds to buildings could improve design.

Building Team | Jan 11, 2017

Can design help close the nation's political divide?

Practically every building typology is evolving to meet the needs of the innovation economy. Why not legislative spaces?

Building Team | Jan 10, 2017

Fiber canopies proposed to turn Phoenix streets into comfortable public space

The proposal was the winning entry in a design competition asking for ways to strengthen the identity of the Arizona city.

Building Team | Jan 6, 2017

CannonDesign launches REALIZE Life Safety Solutions

“The Final Rule presents a considerable update to the life safety directives most healthcare systems have become accustomed to,” says Joe Cassata, principal at CannonDesign.

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