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Each school district and each project are unique in terms of the educational goals to be achieved and the teaching philosophy to be supported via the architectural solutions that we develop.  Underlying these client specific issues, are a number of baseline planning issues which we believe are common to good school facility design.

Site Organization
     Clearly defining zones for academicclassrooms,activity and public areas, hard courts and playfields
     Logical circulation routes that work for students
     Separation of students, auto, and bus traffic
     Grade level separation where appropriate
Site Utilization
     Extension of teaching spaces and adjacent outdoor areas
     Use of exterior circulation where climate permits
     Multi-purpose outdoor areas
     Campus expansion capabilities
     Adequate storage for year round teaching
     Changeable and multi-function interior space
Community Use
     School as a community center
     Joint-use facilities such as multi-purpose gymnasium, or library
     Shared school/park sites
     Durability of exterior and interior materials.
     Vandal and graffiti resistant design considerations
     Energy efficient systems
Cost Effective Design
     Maximize value within the state cost allowances
     Maximize utilization of space within the state allowances
     Creative solutions to balance program, maintenance, and cost
Sustainability – “Green Design”
     Opportunities for the campus to utilize energy savings and environmentally friendly products and construction techniques.
     Reduce – Reuse – Recycle
Appropriate Images
     Appropriate architectural images relating to different age groups.For example, the visual images important to easing the transition for home to school for Kindergarten students may be different for those that that are appropriate for high school students.
     Appropriate architectural images to integrate the campuses into the fabric of the community while also marking the school as a community center.