K-12 Spaces

K-12 Market Trends 2018: Common Areas Enable Hands-On Learning
Wilson School, designed by Leo A Daly

Wilson School, designed by Leo A Daly

Source: BD&C Network

Out with the Old, In with the New

Long double-loaded corridors are no longer taking a hold - there is an urgency for updated facilities in schools. Extra space and more areas to move around are crucial in learning spaces, which allows students to collaborate and stay engaged simultaneously.

  • “Even renovations of old double-loaded corridors can get at least part of the way to a modern design. Provided there's sufficient structural support in place, interior walls can be removed and track-mounted wall systems can be installed.” (Fabris, BD&C Network)

Room to Move

While renovations can be costly, a lot can still be done by removing old setups and adding in agile furniture. This allows space for collaborative classrooms with a quick and efficient access within existing spaces.

  • “Classrooms can be spruced up with new carpeting, plush pillows,  and strategically placed bookshelves as dividers.” (Fabris, BD&C Network)

Hands On

An environment with clarity and space makes learning easiest and more successful. This is shown through reducing noise but creating a more spacious area causing acoustic clarity. This new space in learning areas then allows for more hands on techniques. Additionally, elements of STEAM have been added to more and more curriculums, alongside markerspaces and 3D printers.“

  • “K-12 school designers are also using the increasing body of scientific evidence that links the interior environment to student performance as they pitch design ideas to district officials.” (Fabris, BD&C Network)


K-12 SpacesAlisa Verratti