Elevating All Students: Planning and Design Strategies to Maximize Equity and Opportunity


Steve Herr
Fanning Howey

Donald Adams
Granite School District

Zac Sprunger

LU: 1

Learning Units

How applies to HSW:

Learning Objective 2 deals with the AIA/CES Acceptable HSW Topic of Building Design to address key aspects of student Welfare through equitable access to learning opportunities     Learning Objective 3 deals with the AIA/CES Acceptable HSW Topic of Building Design to address the methods and systems for promoting student Welfare as outlined by the visioning goals   Learning Objective 4 deals with the AIA/CES Acceptable HSW Topic of Building Design to address how materials, function and features are used to promote long-term Welfare through sustainable, long-lasting solutions


Two new high schools, two very different communities and one Big Hairy Audacious Goal Ð to elevate 5,300 high school students toward college and career success. Join us to learn how Granite School District in Salt Lake City, Utah, is planning to create equitable and innovative high schools in two distinct neighborhoods Ð one an affluent, white collar community and the other a blue collar mining community. You will learn about the visioning strategies and stakeholder engagement processes used to create a shared vision between the communities. We will also examine long life/loose fit principles and kit of parts planning and design strategies that are promoting equity between the schools. And the best part is that we will be sharing these ideas at a critical point in the design process Ð so come with your big ideas and help us maximize equity and opportunity for all Granite students!

Learning Objectives:
  • Explain the equity-based strategies needed to build consensus among stakeholders from multiple communities
  • Develop a kit of parts strategy for building design to maximize equity among multiple educational facilities
  • Translate visioning goals into design guidelines for the client and design team.
  • Implement long life, loose fit building design strategies to create sustainable equity for decades
Primary Competency:

Educational Visioning: Exhibits an understanding of best and next practices related to educational leadership, programming, teaching, learning, planning and facility design. Establishes credibility with educators, community members and design professionals while conceiving and leading a community-based visioning process. Demonstrates the ability to articulate the impact of learning environments on teaching and learning and uses that ability to facilitate a dialogue that uncovers the unique needs and long-range goals of an educational institution and its stakeholders – translating that into an actionable written/graphic program of requirements for the design practitioner.

Primary Domain:

Context: Content of this session/workshop will focus on the circumstances that form the setting for the design and construction of specific learning environments and characteristics that distinguishes the project from other applications.

Secondary Domain:

Toolbox: Content of this session/workshop will focus on the approaches, methods and applications when transitioning from design and concept into reality, actual existence through quality performance, execution and/or product.

Additional information: The strength of the partnership between the Granite School District and the design team has been the most rewarding part of the process. Each member has pushed the other to look beyond the traditional boundaries of high school design to create buildings that will be inspirational anchors in the community.