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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.
October 26, 2017 | Glenn Carels

A building is much more than its appearance; it’s how the user will behave inside of it that dete...

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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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Children at play in an early education center classroom
October 03, 2017 | Melissa A. McFadgen and Helena L. Jubany

When the design of early learning centers is grounded in the science of developmental psychology...

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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.

Kids walking outside of a school
September 20, 2017 | Rachael Dumas

School structures offer a unique opportunity as they can often double as community centers and se...

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A newly developed waterfront space in London

London is creating and redeveloping spaces with strong cultural offerings. Image © Mike Stezycki.

September 19, 2017 | Hiro Aso

What does Good Growth mean and how do we set about achieving it?

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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A hallway and study space at the Samueli Academy
September 08, 2017 | Lowell Tacker

Flexible, modern classrooms should be viewed as a key element of a sound financial strategy, prod...

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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 active outdoor space for students
August 18, 2017 | Winston Bao

Active design can be incorporated into any facility or campus with a few simple steps.

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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Virtual reality walkthrough of the new Somerville High School in Sommerville, Mass. It was designed by SMMA, Inc.

Screen shot from a VR walkthrough of the SMMA-designed Somerville (Mass.) High School.

August 03, 2017 | Thomas Merchel

Two recent client VR sessions yielded a number of lessons learned for the design team, particular...

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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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May 16, 2017 | Tanya Doran

Students are helping drive change by focusing on the future.

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.

April 21, 2017 | Angel Hosband and Trenton Hansen and Brian Meyers.

School districts that invested in their athletic facilities over the last few years have seen a t...

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Pixabay Public Domain

April 07, 2017 | Chris Taylor, Ed Mierau, Dave Umstot

With California’s increasingly busy—and costly—construction market, it’s becoming more difficult...

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Cherry Crest Elementary School, Bellevue, Wash. Photo: NAC Architecture

March 09, 2017 | Matthew Rumbaugh, AIA, LEED AP, Design Principal, NAC Architecture

The art of designing schools lies not in just understanding what makes a functional classroom, bu...

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Portola High School, Irvine (Calif.) Unified School District. Photo: Lawrence Anderson

March 09, 2017 | James Krueger and Barbara Perez, HMC Architects

What is school branding and why is it important? HMC Architects’ James Krueger and Barbara Perez...

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February 22, 2017 | John Poelker

Anderson-Livsey is a K-5 school located about 30 minutes East of Atlanta in Gwinnett County and h...

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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.

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