New Trends in School Design

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.

To learn more about the cost and time sav­ing ben­e­fits of the inno­v­a­tive Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem for schools, click here.