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ERIC Number: ED512687
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
Multipurpose Spaces
Gordon, Douglas
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
The concept of multipurpose spaces in schools is certainly not new. Especially in elementary schools, the combination of cafeteria and auditorium (and sometimes indoor physical activity space as well) is a well-established approach to maximizing the use of school space and a school district's budget. Nonetheless, there continue to be refinements in technology and design configurations that improve the performance of these facilities. From acoustics and lighting to adaptable seating and efficient use of stage, storage, and food preparation spaces, the design and use of these seemingly simple assembly spaces is actually quite complex. Education institutions have trouble justifying huge spaces that have only one function and sit empty most of the day. The answer is creating multipurpose spaces that can accommodate a number of functions. This paper discusses: (1) the evolution of the concept of multipurpose spaces; (2) key issues for multipurpose spaces; and (3) design principles for multipurpose spaces. [This paper is an updated version of the 2000 publication, "Multipurpose Spaces", by Dan Butin (ED446423).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities