Education Week - November 29, 2017 - S11
BY MICHELLE R. DAVIS
ew school designs are
supporting the academic
goals of educators-and
in some cases, pushing
the boundaries of K-12
Flexible learning spaces,
enhanced technology, environmentally
friendly features, and co-location are all
characteristics being incorporated into
innovative new school buildings and projects.
"Schools are actually becoming more
sophisticated learning environments," said
John Dale, a principal and studio leader at
the architecture firm Harley Ellis Devereaux,
based in Los Angeles. "They're more nuanced
and doing a better job at taking into account
the different ways in which learning takes
"Green schools," for example, save energy
and money, and often educate students about
their methods and provide opportunities for
study. New buildings that move away from
long hallways with closed classrooms toward
more interactive spaces promote collaboration
around instruction and learning.
One of the hottest trends in new school
construction is co-location, said Sarah
Luchs, a program officer at Next Generation
Learning Challenges, which often works with
schools that are transforming academically-
and sometimes architecturally.
Schools are being built on the campuses of
technology companies, in libraries, and in
conjunction with other educational programs.
"These schools promote a connection to
the community and often have business
partnerships to offer a lot of applied
learning," Luchs said. "It used to be either an
academic track or a career track, and now the
two are mixing."
Contributing writer Robin L. Flanigan provided
reporting for this article.
Sandy Huffaker for Education Week
e3 Civic High School
The school occupies two floors within the
nine-story San Diego Central Library. The
library, with its metal half-dome, airy feel, and
steel and glass construction, is central to the
academic mission of the school, and students
work with librarians on research, use the
library's maker space and homework center,
and even intern there.
YEAR OPENED: 2013
SIZE: 77,000 square feet for the school
within the building
COST: $10 million of an overall $185 million
for the full construction project
* The ninth-floor events space features
a 360-degree view of the city.
* Iconic steel, lattice half-dome provides
changing light and shade for students
* Indoor-outdoor public spaces that take
advantage of San Diego's sunny weather.
THE NEW SCHOOLHOUSE