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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.

Solatube tubular daylighting devices were fitted with custom-cast acrylic tubes to create unique chandeliers for the commons/media center.

March 07, 2021 | SOLATUBE INTERNATIONAL

Solatube tubular daylighting devices bring sunlight into the two-story commons/media space for...

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The Grand, a mixed-use project in Los Angeles

Downtown Los Angeles has $3 billion in new construction projects under development, including The Grand, a mixed-used 1.2-million-sf public-private partnership that Related Cos. is developing, according to a new report from the Downtown Center Business Improvement District.  However, JLL's latest Construction Forecast predicts a slow recovery in construction spending nationwide. Image: Related Companies

February 24, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Predicts second-half improvement toward normalization next year.

Download a PDF of all 2020 Giants 400 Rankings from Building Design+Construction magazine

Pictured: Arlington (Va.) Public Schools Heights Building Photo by Jim Tetro, courtesy Gilbane

 

December 16, 2020 | BD+C EDITORS

This 70-page PDF features AEC firm rankings across 51 building sectors, disciplines, and specia...

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2020 K-12 School Sector Giants pexels-arthur-krijgsman

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December 03, 2020 | BD+C STAFF

AECOM, Gilbane, and PBK head BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest K-12 school facilities sec...

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The Weekly show: Nvidia's Omniverse, AI for construction scheduling, COVID-19 signage
November 12, 2020 | BD+C Editors

BD+C editors speak with experts from ALICE Technologies, Build Group, Hastings Architecture, Nv...

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K-12 sector adjusting to ‘new priorities’

The Corgan-designed 106,000-sf Argyle ISD West Elementary School, completed in July 2019, supports a new agrarian development in Argyle, Texas. The PreK through 5th-grade facility accommodates 850 students and includes a linear park that stretches the length of the development. Photo courtesy Corgan

    

October 23, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor 

Health and safety now rank with security for design and construction criteria.  

October 08, 2020 | BD+C Staff

The October 8 episode of BD+C's "The Weekly" is available for viewing on demand.

ProCONNECT offers virtual events 

October 05, 2020 | PROCONNECT STAFF

SGC Horizon ProConnect 2021 schedule for Education, Multifamily, Office, and Single Family even...

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6 must reads for the AEC industry today: September 1, 2020
September 01, 2020 | BD+C EDITORS

Co-working developers pivot to survive the pandemic, and the rise of inquiry-based learning in...

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The rise of inquiry-based learning in K-12 communities, designed by DLR Group, photo by Tom Reich

Canyon View High School in Waddell, Ariz., designed by DLR Group. Photo by Craig Randock, courtesy DLR Group

   

September 01, 2020 | Emily Froese, K-12 Educational Planner, DLR Group

Inquiry-based education offers a methodology that does not rely solely on the educator being th...

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2020 GIANTS 400 REPORT landing page Washington College_Semans Griswold Environmental Hall, Ayers Saint Gross

Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall, designed by Ayers Saint Gross, is home to Washington College’s Center for Environment and Society and commands a picturesque site on the Chester River. The river is a living laboratory that provides students with an immersive experience in support of the building’s programs in environmental science and sustainability. Photo courtesy Ayers Saint Gross

    

August 28, 2020 | BD+C Editors

The 2020 Giants 400 Report features more than 130 rankings across 25 building sectors and speci...

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August 06, 2020 | HMC Architects

Ongoing research effort includes whitepaper series that outlines resiliency solutions for healt...

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June 19, 2020 | BD+C Editors

The June 18 episode of BD+C's "The Weekly" is available for viewing on demand. 

Carisima Koenig, AIA, brings >20 years' experience to her new post at Perkins Eastman's NY headquarters.

March 03, 2020 |

 Perkins Eastman as Associate Higher Education Practice Leader

Serramonte Faculty and Staff housing project, Jefferson Union High School District Daly City, California SVA Architects

The Serramonte Faculty and Staff housing project will offer apartments at rents that are 50% of comparable market rate. Image courtesy of SVA Architects

February 26, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editors

One high school district in Daly City has broken ground on 122-apartment building.

February 24, 2020 | Cheryl Jacobs, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal, NAC Architecture

Can architecture not only shape lives, but contribute to a more equitable and just society for...

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Top 90 K-12 School Sector Construction Firms for 2019

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September 04, 2019 | BD+C Staff

Gilbane, Balfour Beatty, Turner, CORE Construction, and Skanska lead the rankings of the nation's...

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top 140 K-12 school sector architecture firms, 2019 bd+c giants 300 report, Hilliard Innovative Learning Hub 2

Fanning Howey reimagined a traditional K-6 school and turned it into the Hilliard (Ohio) Innovation Hub, which now serves grades 6-12. Photo: William Manning

   

September 03, 2019 | BD+C Staff

DLR Group, PBK, Huckabee, Stantec, and VLK Architects top the rankings of the nation's largest K-...

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An outdoor classroom at Coolidge Corner School, a preK-8 in Brookline, Mass., which John F. Kennedy once attended. HMFH Architects was the design firm. CRJA-IBI Group was the landscape architect. Shawmut Design and Construction was the CM. Photo: HMFH Architects / Ed Wonsek

   

August 30, 2019 | Mike Plotnick, Contributing Editor

K-12 school districts are emphasizing practical, hands-on experience and personalized learning....

At NeoCity Academy, student performance enhancement features include air purification technology, enhanced and natural daylighting, and collaboration laboratories. Image: Little Diversified Architectural Consulting

August 08, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The building is distinguished by its rooftop solar array and its air-tight envelope.

Summer assignments: 2019 K-12 school construction costs

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July 15, 2019 | Gordian

Using RSMeans data from Gordian, here are the most recent costs per square foot for K-12 school b...

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Collaborative for High Performance Schools releases 2019 Core Criteria Version 3.0 Update

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July 08, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The update adds credits to lower carbon footprints and to promote climate change resiliency.

A new McKinsey report says factory-built modular construction could be next big shift in the industry.

Modular carries a potential cost savings of up to 20%, but there is a risk of up to a 10% loss if delivery or material costs spike, the report says.

June 26, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Modular construction can deliver projects 20% to 50% faster than traditional methods and drastica...

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In Chicago’s Lakeshore East neighborhood, GEMS World Academy Middle-Upper School, designed by bKL Architecture, is rising 13 stories. The building is set back 25 feet from the street to allow in more natural light, and features an 8,000-sf artificial turf recreation area that doubles as outdoor classroom and gathering space for its students. Its Building Team includes WSP (SE), WMA Consulting Engineers (MEP/FP), Mackie Consultants (CE), Wolff Landscape Architecture, and Power Construction (GC). bKL Architecture.

May 17, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Verticality has some plusses, according to AEC firms that have engaged such projects recently....

How outdoor environments provide value to K-12 learning, health, and safety

The courtyard at Carolina Day School is frequently used as an outdoor classroom, playground, and dining area. Graduation is also hosted in this space, with each graduating student ringing the bell in the center of the courtyard to complete their rite of passage to middle school. Photo courtesy Clark Nexsen

April 25, 2019 | Becky Brady, AIA, CDT, LEED AP BD+C

Outdoor spaces at school offer students key opportunities to learn, problem solve, and mentally r...

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January 21, 2019 | Becky Brady

In an age during which stories of bullying, school shootings, and mental health concerns are all...

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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 |
In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), micro-building... read more
May 24, 2018 |
In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), embassy design... read more
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