Reliance Blog

The decision to renovate or build new is a complex one. There are many ways to analyze the topic based on budgets, finances, student needs and even the emotional connection between the community and the building, all can be equally important. There is no one solution that will be right for everyone, but when you break down the details and make decisions based on what is best for your community, you are off to a good start. To really analyze the nuts and bolts of this issue, you should thoroughly assess the state of your facilities, know what your goals are, have a solid budget, and consider the needs of your community.

In the November Blog, we talked about many of the advantages of multi-story buildings. We looked at factors ranging from shorter travel distances to visual messages a multi-story building can send. For this article, we decided to view multi-story construction through a different lens and explore the reasons our clients choose to avoid multi-story buildings more than 90% of the time.

Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of gravity,
or to engineer against it and by opposing build up?

Finding land to build on is becoming harder to do as land is becoming scarce in many communities and school districts. Communities are developing a growing interest in green spaces and school districts and municipalities are keenly interested in energy efficiency and long-term building maintenance costs.

Many architects and educational planners focus attention in their planning processes on current needs and the status quo. “What changes are essential to meet our needs?” “What will our enrollment numbers be in 5 years?” Both of these are good questions, but they should be just the beginning of planning. New buildings are a long-term investment. They will likely last 50, 60 and even up to 100 years in the future.

Questions about class size?  Many people discuss this topic in reference to the number of students enrolled in each class, and they are right.  But, class sizes also refer to the size of the space designated for students.

Have you ever wondered how the size of a classroom is determined?  Does the size of the district or campus effect how large or small classrooms will be? Is classroom design a haphazard system or have rules and guidelines been established to govern the process?

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