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 academic classrooms,activity and public areas, hard courts and play fields. 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. Flexibility 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. Maintenance 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 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.