Entries by Anna Marie Burrell

How to Avoid Negative Impacts of School Construction Projects on Students

PART 1 IN A SERIES Proper planning is critical to avoid unintended consequences of school construction for those who matter most—students. Initiating a new school build or a significant renovation can be a lengthy process. Getting the project approved, perhaps passing a referendum, and determining the vision for your new or updated facilities is a […]

Designing for the Middle School Mind

Oh, how complicated (and scary) the mind of a teen works – emotions are high and attention is scattered. They may be more worried about the gossip in the hallway than the lessons in the classrooms. Distractions are everywhere, and it can be difficult to keep them engaged. But to be fair, it isn’t entirely […]

Does Your School Really Need New Construction?

Schools serve as a fixture within their communities, stirring up nostalgic moments for past students. Like for the college student driving past their old elementary school on their way through town during their first break away from school, remembering those days on the playground during recess. Or for the parents of high school students, strolling through […]

Current trends of K-12 media spaces

  Media Centers are always evolving in the school setting. Thoughtful design is mandatory to ensure spaces are utilized to their maximum potential and tailored to the ultimate goal of enhancing the student, teacher, and community member experience. Here are some current trends critical to a school’s Media Center space. Flexibility Looking at how the […]

How to Pick a Site

The design of a school campus is crucial to the safety and efficiency of any program. When given the opportunity to choose between different locations, here are some thoughts on what elements create a successful K-12 exterior environment. Space to establish clear visibility and organization –When on a school campus, clear site lines help create […]

Who Do I Need on My Team?

When you decide to open a charter school, you are also tasked with deciding which professionals to partner with and when. It’s beneficial to team with professional firms that are experienced in charter school construction—and to get them involved early in the process. This will typically include professionals in the following industries: Architect and Engineer […]