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.
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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.
A new paper reports on a recent study of nine schools in Washington DC that gauged occupants’ per...read more
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
Modern designs emphasize social and collaboration spaces outside the classroom.
Rendering courtesy G70
G70 is the architect, planner, and civil engineer of record for the project.
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
Future mergers could be in the offing.
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.
The building’s programming will provide more access to the community at large.
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.
Some long-term K-12 trends—like beefing up safety and security, and designing for more natural li...read more
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.
Gilbane Building Co., Balfour Beatty US, and Skanska USA top BD+C’s ranking of the natio...read more
Waunakee Intermediate School Library, Photo: EUA
AECOM, IMEG/KJWW/TTG, and STV top BD+C’s ranking of the nation’s largest K-12 sector eng...read more
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Stantec, DLR Group, and PBK top BD+C’s ranking of the nation’s largest K-12 sector archi...read more
View from classrooms (Building A) to learning platforms and play area at the Awty International School in Houston. Photo: Shepley Bulfinch
Shepley Bulfinch designed the 75,000-sf campus.
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Metrics suggest correlation between key design strategies and occupant satisfaction and building...read more
Photo courtesy of Windover Construction
CBT Architects and Windover Construction collaborated on the adaptive reuse project for Middlesex...read more
The LEED Platinum and Zero Net Energy Verified building minimizes energy use via its site orienta...read more
Photo courtesy of C.F. Møller
C.F. Møller designed the building to create a connection between the school premises and the surr...read more
Rendering courtesy of DES Architects + Engineers
Design Tech High School, located on Oracle Corporation’s Headquarters campus, will span 64,000 sf...read more
Exterior of the Silber Center, designed by Ziger/Snead Architects.
Students learn environmental skills, natural resource management, urban agriculture, and water qu...read more
Maker spaces, dry-erase walls, and flexible furniture highlight Kinkaid’s new Learning Center....
Robert Benson Photography
Gold Award: Community involvement was paramount as Newtown, Conn., replaced the school where a ma...read more
A “learning stair” will connect the cafeteria to the main level.
In collaboration with room2learn, NAC launched a campaign aimed at crowd-sourcing information on...read more
Rendering courtesy LMN Architects
The building will provide 74,289 sf of space across its five-story classroom bar.
Photo courtesy of Cuningham Group
The hall offers bountiful natural light with enough space to build large-scale projects.
An aerial view of the Susan B. Anthony School in Daly City, Calif., one of the signature projects of Deems Lewis McKinley, which specializes in K-12 design. Image: DLM
The combination is expected to bolster HED’s presence in northern California and the K-12 sector....
Winthrop, Mass., combined its middle and high schools into a new 189,500-sf, $64 million building. Students study Viking history and work in groups to build Norse-themed artifacts in the annual Viking Longships program (the Viking is the school mascot). HMFH was the architect. Courtesy of Ed Wonsek.
Bigger buildings, more outdoor space, and greater involvement from the private sector are among t...read more
Stoddert Elementary & Community Center, in Washington D.C., features a computer lab rotation design that provides students individual access to technology.
AEC teams are being asked to design and build schools with enough flexibility to adapt to changin...read more
Spending on Construction Put in Place has almost completely recovered from the hit it took during the recession. But spending in the Education sector continues to be well below its latest peak. Image: JLL
Post-recession slump suggests a settling in at a “normal” level similar to the mid aughts.
The two-story, 44,000-sf Central Middle School in San Carlos, Calif., is the first school to be constructed using Folia, a K-12 concept that leans on pre-engineering to provide greater design flexibility and customization, as well as quicker delivery (in under a year) and lower overall costs than traditional building methods. The concept is the brainchild of Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, Blach Construction, and structural engineer Gregory P. Luth and Associates. The firms have been refining the system for five years. Image: Tomasz Biernacki, Pechara Studio.
The Folia system uses pre-engineered components to deliver school buildings at 20% less cost. ...