With children spending many of their waking hours inside of a classroom throughout the week, it is no wonder that both school districts and parents are more concerned than ever with creating a better, brighter future of school design. Housing our future's budding minds, the sanctuary of schoolhouses goes far deeper than the here and now. From growing safety concerns to simple aesthetics, every single piece of a school's building serves a purpose to not only protect its students, but also inspire them educationally.
Here are some of the industry's latest trends in school design and why they are important:
Artistic, Inspirational Elements
It is amazing how closely industries follow suit with one another... even at the furthest of spectrums. As marketing giants predicted companies would be moving towards creating ads and posts with more artistic and inspirational appeals, the education industry also set its sights on like-minded design elements that would help to foster creativity and comfort in its students.
At the forefront of this movement was the very brave and resilient Sandy Hook Elementary that has worked elements of both nature and vibrant colors into its reconstruction. From the impressive exterior to the imaginative pops of bright, vibrant hues, we are all excited to see this project come to fruition.
Open Floor Plans
Industry insiders are calling this trend something of a "see and be seen". School officials hope that these types of new, innovative designs will not only promote the encouraging of social interaction between children, but also discourage possible trouble. No one wants their school to feel like a prison and this simple solution just might be effective. An open floor allows security, teachers and even students to be better aware of their surroundings, helping to prevent problems before they occur.
Team Houses and Community Learning
Yesterday's school buildings were notoriously bland and dry, separating kids into stuffy rooms. Tomorrow's school building may look a lot different. Elementary schools are going to become more and more interested in changing the way that students see school. Instead of individual classrooms, they will begin focusing on building community learning centers called "team houses" which are all attached to a common room. This makes school feel more like home and less like a big building centered on solely providing education. The idea of community just might become the cornerstone of school as we know it.
As we move into a bright new year - bright, new ideas abound. The future of school design and construction has never looked better and we are excited to see what the future holds in store for the beauty, composition and inspiration of where our future grows.
The Practical Side
School districts are building more schools and as construction costs rise saving on construction time and costs are important. Minimizing operating and maintenance costs are also important. One way that schools in Texas have moved in this direction is through the use of insulating concrete forms or ICF’s for the walls. The ICF system which was invented over 50 years ago was a big improvement of the traditional construction methods.
Building off the idea of combining the insulation of foam and the strength of concrete the innovate Bautex™ Wall System take the concept of ICF to a new level of performance.
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