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LPA Architects' STEM high school post-occupancy evaluation

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LPA Architects' STEM high school post-occupancy evaluation

POE study helps building team gain a better understanding of which design innovations enhanced the education program.


By BD+C Staff | July 9, 2021
STEM High School Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) HorizonTV, LPA Architects

LPA Architects conducted a post-occupancy evaluation, or POE, of the eSTEM Academy, a new high school specializing in health/medical and design/engineering Career Technical Education, in Eastvale, Calif.

The POE helped LPA, the Riverside County Office of Education, and the Corona-Norco Unified School District gain a better understanding of which design innovations—such as movable walls, flex furniture, collaborative spaces, indoor-outdoor activity areas, and a student union—enhanced the education program, and how well students and teachers used these innovations.

The POE also evaluated whether the concept of "building as teaching mechanism" also worked, especially with regard to the structure's environmental program for energy and water conservation.


 

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