August 18, 2011

Schools Re-open in Joplin, MO, after Tornado

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/18/us/18joplin.html?_r=1&hpw

July 19, 2011

Interesting Take on Playground Safety

From The New York Times:

http://blogs.msstate.edu/cgi-bin/mt/mt.cgi

April 16, 2011

EDI Identifies HVAC Problem at Mississippi School

During a tour of a Mississippi elementary school, the EDI staff noticed that a clerestory window had been closed from below. School officials said that gypsum board around the window had deteriorated because of moisture in the cafeteria. The building was always humid, particularly after rain storms.

Using a sheet of notebook paper, the EDI staff were able to determine that the make-up air fan on the kitchen exhaust hood was not working. Thus, when the hood was on, the cafeteria was under negative pressure, which pulls hot, moist air into the building during late summer and early spring. With the problem identified, the school district was able to take corrective action (i.e. the make-up fan was repaired) and moisture problems have ceased.

Shelters at Oklahoma Schools Survive Tornado

From the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/us/17tornado.html?hpw

February 23, 2011

More Pressure for Prototype Schools?

From The Record (Bergen County, New Jersey) via Architectural Record online:

http://archrecord.construction.com/yb/ar/article.aspx?story_id=155817391


February 17, 2011

A Zero-Net Energy Classroom

During the course of a year, this classroom building will use no more energy than it's PV array generates. (Keep in mind, climatic solution appropriate for Minnesota are not necessarily appropriate for Mississippi.)

Story: http://greensource.construction.com/green_building_projects/2011/1102_Bagley_Classroom.asp

Video: http://construction.com/video/?fr_story=62f7e253607207a682f05ba8aa3819bb7edfea77&rf=bm

February 13, 2011

U.K. Considers Prototype Schools

Prototype schools -- basic school designs that are created without a specific site or context in mind -- are controversial. Advocates see the benefits of reducing design time and design fees, while detractors question the appropriateness of using prototypes for different sites and for districts with different needs.

An article from Architectural Record online:

http://archrecord.construction.com/yb/ar/article.aspx?story_id=155447935

February 1, 2011

"Falling Down"

An article on the state of the nation's schools in People magazine. Use the "click to enlarge" button.

http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20434668,00.html

January 18, 2011

Virtual Classrooms Called "Tip of the Iceberg"

A radically different way of conceiving a school. From The New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/18/education/18classrooms.html?_r=1&hp

January 15, 2011

Summit Elementary School

An innovative elementary school in Wyoming. From SchoolConstructionNews.

http://www.schoolconstructionnews.com/articles/2010/12/15/wyoming-school-draws-museum-design-local-landscape