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 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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more
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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

Photo: Michelle McLoughlin, Reuters

August 04, 2016 | Mary Ellen Godin, Reuters

The new Sandy Hook Elementary School has been carefully designed with state-of-the-art safety mea...

read more
LEx Labs prototype classroom, Huckabee

LEx Labs prototype classroom, a joint venture of design firm Huckabee, Baylor University, and an education service center. Photo courtesy Huckabee

August 01, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Space flexibility is critical to classroom design. Spaces have to be adaptable, even allowing for...

read more
Charleston Catholic School, KSQ Design

Charleston (S.C.) Catholic School Upper School Addition and Sacred Heart Church Renovation, designed by KSQ Design. Photo courtesy KSQ Design

August 01, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Gilbane, Balfour Beatty, and Core Construction head Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking...

read more

The 18,884-sf Collegiate Center addition to Thomas Edison Prepatory High School, Tulsa, Okla., has a floating cantilever study lounge. Two multipurpose rooms double as FEMA-361 safe rooms that can each protect up to 600 persons from winds up to 240 mph. The $4.4 million addition provides 15 distinct spaces. KSQ Design led the Building Team, with the assistance of Wallace Engineering (SE), AEG Engineering, and Crossland Construction (GC). Photo courtesy KSQ Design

 

August 01, 2016 | BD+C Staff

AECOM, Jacobs, and STV top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s largest...

read more
Riverhead (N.Y.) High School, BBS Architects

Recently completed Riverhead (N.Y.) High School expansion was one of the projects within the school district’s $78 million capital program where BBS Architects implemented the “Bridge” design concept. By improving and expanding schools built between the 1930s and the 1960s, the architects created a vibrant secondary downtown that serves–or bridges–the entire community. The thoughtful design was the catalyst that attracted new restaurants, and shopping and entertainment venues to an area that was formerly a sleepy crossroads. Photo: Tom Sibley/Wilk Marketing Communications

August 01, 2016 | BD+C Staff

DLR Group, Stantec, and Huckabee top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’...

read more

Rendering Courtesy of Studio Gang

June 02, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Academy for Global Citizenship’s new purpose-built structure, located in the Garfield Ridge n...

read more

Westin hotel and transit center at Denver International Airport, Denver. Photo courtesy Gensler

February 22, 2016 | BD+C Staff 

Technology is running wild in Gensler’s 2016 forecast, as things like virtual reality, "smart" bu...

read more

Renderings courtesy Grimshaw, BVN

February 04, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The design of the high-rise is based on the template of Schools-within-Schools (SWIS), a system t...

read more
Invasive probes, including test cuts of existing EIFS cladding, can uncover hidd
January 14, 2016 | 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...

read more
New York City opens SOM-designed net-zero school

The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground is the first net-zero energy school in New York City. Rendering by SOM/Courtesy of the SCA

November 10, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability at Sandy Ground will produce 662,500...

read more
K-12 SCHOOL SECTOR GIANTS: To succeed, school design must replicate real-world environments

Intrinsic School, Chicago, combines STEM and humanities in podlike settings. The Intrinsic charter system was founded by CEO Melissa Zaikos. The Building Team: Wheeler Kearns Architects (designer), Enspect Engineering (SE), Wolff Landscape Architect, and Clune Construction (GC). Photo: Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing

August 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Whether new or reconstructed, schools must meet new demands that emanate from the real world and...

read more
Consensus Construction Forecast: Double-digit growth expected for commercial sector in 2015, 2016

Photo: Cjp24 via Wikimedia Commons

July 29, 2015 | AIA

Despite the adverse weather conditions that curtailed design and construction activity in the fir...

read more
Overlay Init