DLR Group teams with Colorado State for K-12 research study
DLR Group and the Institute for the Built Environment (IBE) at Colorado State University have released the findings of a research project that evaluated the effect of green school design on occupants and long-term building performance.
The overwhelming perception of school staff is the learning environments within DLR Group schools have a positive impact on health, achievement, and behavior. The findings also show schools designed by DLR Group are more energy efficient, provide more space per student, and are constructed for less cost compared to regional averages for schools constructed during the same year.
“Design does not stop when the school opens. The design process must include coming back to a project to measure building performance,” said DLR Group Senior Principal Jim French, AIA, the firm’s national K-12 practice leader. “If both the tangible metrics of energy efficiency and the intangible metrics of student and occupant satisfaction are not being evaluated, then as design professionals we are not truly meeting the needs of our K-12 clients.”
The complete report, titled, Linking Performance & Experience – An Analysis of Green Schools, can be downloaded here.
Results of the Charrette to Define the School of 2025
Thanks to everyone who attended our session on the School of 2025 at the Learning Environments Conference in Orlando January 30.
Below are three concepts discussed in the breakout groups.
Parent University: One group discussed Parent University, a concept to offer resources and tools for parents to re-educate themselves and be actively engaged in their child’s learning and lessons. In this scenario, learning would occur 24/7, not just during the traditional school day setting of 2013.
Center of Community: Another group talked about how schools would become the center of the community and should reflect real world lessons. This group discussed whether or not a school building would be necessary in 2025, but the group ultimately decided a building would support the concept of the community hub and gathering spot.
School City: One group of higher education professionals and designers proposed a School City that would create an environment that pairs personal interests with local businesses and organizations in a master planned community. The campus would be interwoven with the local community and leverage partnerships with businesses, restaurants and organizations. In this scenario, a student interested in culinary arts would spend part of their day in various restaurants learning the craft of cooking, as well as the business of operating a restaurant.
Watch for more detailed information about our session and photos soon.
Thanks to our charrette facilitators, including DLR Group professionals Jim French, Bill Taylor, Todd Ferking and Tim Wagoner; as well as Dr. David Peterson, Superintendent of Scottsdale USD (Ariz.); Tony Monetti, Superintendent of Roseville High School District (Calif.); and Mike Bosley, Executive Dean of Valencia College (Fla.)