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Brenton Hite
CSO Architects

Dr. Sherry Grate
Westfield Washington Schools

Rosemary Rehack
CSO Architects

LU: 1

Learning Units

How applies to HSW:

Help develop and improve participant’s understanding of building efficiency and best practices to improve


Rapidly Increasing enrollment or enrollment bubbles create unique challenges for school districts across the country. Ask any administrator of a growing school and you will quickly hear examples of unique places they have turned into classrooms, practice areas, and offices. Central IndianaÕs Westfield High School is one such example, growing from 750 students in 1997 to a projected enrollment of 3,100 in 2026.     Fortunately, in 2017 the Westfield Washington School District was able to pass a capital bond referendum to provide much needed relief to their crowded facilities. The high school leadership seized this opportunity to not only add additional square footage, but also find efficiencies in their existing building by shifting their culture and instructional delivery method. With an eye on what high school education may become in the future, a design concept was developed to gain teaching space, increase collaboration among students and teachers, and accommodate some of their fastest growing programs. By gaining efficiencies throughout their existing building, Westfield was able to maximize the impact of their bond dollars across their entire campus.

Learning Objectives:
  • Review how building efficiency is determined;
  • Discuss examples of ways to increase building efficiency
  • Understanding unintended consequences of increasing efficiency;
  • Discuss potential further and future innovations
Primary Competency:

Design of Educational Facilities: Acts as a resource to the design team in providing ongoing guidance and support to ensure that the emerging and ultimate design aligns with the established community vision, education goals, future programming, written design standards, best/next practices and education policy.

Primary 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.

Secondary Domain:

Learning: Content of this session/workshop will focus on how we learn and/or how the physical environment responds specifically to various methods of instruction, pedagogies, learning styles, or learning trends.

Additional information: We will have additional presenters than those listed