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What can Public School Districts Learn About Facilities from
For-Profit Providers?

Julie Walleisa, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP BD+C, Principal / Architect, 

Scott Sowinski, AIA, ALEP, LEED AP BD+C, Associate / Architect


Domains: Toolbox, Context, Process

Course Level: Beginner

Learning Units: 1 LU/HSW

Room: A601

Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 4:30 pm


Given increasing costs, decreasing funding, and rapidly evolving educational technology and pedagogy, should public school districts question the traditional model of complete campuses of durable, 50 year buildings? How can charter/for-profit and private business strategies like limited physical facilities, building for shorter lifespans and frequent changes, occupying vacant commercial space, and creating distributed campuses be adapted to meet public school needs, budgets, and procedures? This session will explore pros and cons of multiple innovative strategies.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to perform master planning and site selection exercises that focus on efficient land use, and cost effective reuse and building adaptation that has positive influences on capital operation budgets. (HSW-Urban Planning, Urban Ecology, Master Planning, Pre-Design, Site-Selection, Land Use Analysis)
  2. Participants will be able to identify branding and marketing strategies that are affective in driving public interest.
  3. Participants will be able to assess interior and building design strategies that promote social wellbeing, and attract and retain teachers, administration and student body. (HWS-Social Wellbeing, Occupant Comfort, Design)
  4. Participants will be able to identify and implement materials and methods selections that focus on lean process and adaptability of spaces that react to current market trends. (HSW-Materials & Methods)