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November 9, 2009

Neighborhood Schools

Locating a school is one of the most challenging issues when planning a school. A good decision (or a bad decision) can affect a community for half a century or longer.

The Mississippi School Design Guidelines suggests that designers and owners consider three broad categories of information when locating a school:

1. Community Circumstances -- How the school can improve the wider community.
2. School System Needs -- How the location of the new or newly renovated school can improve the overall capabilities of the school district.
3. Site Selection Criteria -- The qualities of the site itself.

Follow this link to the appropriate MSDG section:


November 17, 2009

EDI Discusses "Green Schools" With Mississippi Legislature

Chris Cosper and Larry Morgan spoke to a joint committee of the Mississippi legislature Monday. Joining a diverse group of experts including urban planners, contractors, and state officials, the EDI team presented a fact sheet and answered questions concerning green design.

Download the fact sheet:

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November 29, 2009

New Articles from American School & University

The October edition of American School & University has several good articles, including articles on life-cycle costing and daylighting.

The ASU browser:


If you are not a fan of the browser, download PDFs containing the aforementioned articles:

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November 30, 2009

Addition to Wilkins Elementary (Jackson) Opens

A major addition provides needed classroom space.

First Grade teacher Shirley Wilson says, "When things are new, children are excited about learning. In fact, everyone is motivated by this."

From the Clarion-Ledger:


BIM Solves All Construction Problems!

Nah.... But Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a powerful design and documentation tool that is gaining favor with owners and designers. A couple of articles from School Construction News:



City and School District Share Facilities.... And Everyone is Happy

More or less. A realistic article from School Construction News outlining the benefits and challenges of sharing facilities.


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