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.

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.

Modular construction can deliver projects 50% faster

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
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In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), embassy design... read more
Cost estimating for K-12 school projects: An invaluable tool for budget management

Pope Holbrook Elementary School, Ft. Bragg, N.C. Rendering: LS3P

January 25, 2018 | Ginny Magrath, AIA, Architect, LS3P

Clients want to be able to track costs at every stage of a project, and cost estimates (current a...

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Aerial rendering of Kihei High School

Rendering courtesy G70

January 24, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

G70 is the architect, planner, and civil engineer of record for the project.

Joplin (Mo.) Interim High School, designed by DLR Group. Photo courtesy DLR Group

Joplin (Mo.) Interim High School, designed by DLR Group. Photo courtesy DLR Group

January 22, 2018 | Raechel French, Associate, DLR Group

An education market think tank proposes a radical research concept for evaluating learning enviro...

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December 06, 2017 | Craig Drone

A step-by-step process finds better answers, saves money, and produces measurable results.

November 16, 2017 | Jessica Figenholtz and Andrew Broderick

There are three driving issues behind this next generation: demographic change, behavioral change...

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Colorado State University's 121,600-sf Behavioral Sciences Building in Fort Collins is one of the many higher education projects that Bennett Wagner Grody has worked on. Image: BWG

November 02, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Future mergers could be in the offing.

October 31, 2017 | Sean Joyner

People are enigmatic and inherently complex, which can make it difficult to design for a larger p...

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The design and construction of a 270,000-sf elementary school in Cambridge, Mass., are guided by that city's net zero energy goals. Image: William Rawn Associates.

October 28, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The building’s programming will provide more access to the community at large. 

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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