ERIC Number: ED436945
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
New Design Feature in Virginia's Public Schools.
Gillespie, Monica McTeague
A study of new design features for public schools was conducted to determine what specific design features were being implemented in Virginia's schools. This report summarizes the major trends in facility design that were discovered in the following areas: safety and security features; classroom space; technology areas; administrative spaces; communal space; school grounds; teachers' facilities; community use of school facilities; energy use and sustainable design; organization of instruction; and special programs. While numerous innovative design features are being implemented in school across Virginia, the data reveal that older schools built prior to 1990 have fewer of them. Older schools lack some of the benefits of flexible space and extra space for learning, have limited use of landscapes and community access to school assets, and lack central air conditioning. New schools have more cost-saving features and flexible space for instruction, and greater access to the surrounding community. An appendix provides survey statistics. (Contains 11 references.) (GR)
Descriptors: Classroom Design, Comparative Analysis, Educational Facilities Design, Elementary Secondary Education, Interior Design, Offices (Facilities), Public Schools, School Safety, School Space, Space Utilization, Surveys
Prepared in collaboration with Beverly Epps, Jacqueline Griesdorn, and Dan Butin.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Virginia Univ., Charlottesville. Thomas Jefferson Center for Educational Design.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia