Post-occupancy Results from Students and Teachers on the Saskatchewan Joint-use School Bundles

Location

Garden 4

Tags
  • Primary Core Competencies: Assessment of the School Facility
  • AIA CEU: 1. 0 LU
  • Secondary Core Competencies: Educational Visioning

ABSTRACT: 

The Saskatchewan Joint-use School Bundles presented a unique opportunity to receive feedback from students and teachers on the daily use of new educational facility designs across multiple sites. The representatives of two school divisions and team lead for the conceptual designs will present the findings of post-occupancy reviews collected after one school year in action from over 150 teachers and 500 students ranging in ages seven through 13. The Saskatchewan Joint-use School Bundles included the design and construction of 18 schools on nine sites, across four municipalities with five school divisions and two provincial government ministries. Each site accommodates two Pre K to grade 8 schools, one public and one Catholic, a shared central space containing gymnasia, multi purpose rooms, a 90-seat child care centre and community resource centre. The learning environments include classrooms which open onto a variety of break out spaces including small meeting rooms, learning commons, art and science studios and presentation stairs. Each school division utilized a slightly different approach to learning environment flexibility based on the specific educational pedagogy of the division. This presentation is a follow up to the CEFPI 2014 workshop entitled ‘Empowering Educational Transformation with Lean’ in which the tools utilized to gain direct input from front-line educators, curriculum experts, facility representatives and students were shared with workshop participants. Those participants asked for a follow-up session upon completion, so here it is with data, photos and stories.

Learning Objectives

OBJ #1  At the end of the session, the participants will understand the criteria for a successful learning environment and break out space.

OBJ #2  At the end of the session, participants will be able to identify varying educational environment spatial responses to variations in educational pedegogy.

OBJ #3  At the completion of the session, participants will be able to understand the criteria for a successful learning environment from the perspective of a primary student.

OBJ #4  At the completion of the session, participants will be able to understand the criteria for a successful learning environment from the perspective of a primary teacher.

Laura Plosz, SAA, AAA, MAA, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP, Principal, Group2 Architecture Interior Design Ltd.

Ryan Martin, Manager of Facilities and Capital Projects, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools

Dan Van Buekenhout, ALEP, Dip Civil Eng., Manager of Capital Planning, Regina Public Schools