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ERIC Number: EJ949512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0003-0945
School Design: Making Adaptive Reuse Work
McCready, Christopher
American School & University, v83 n11 p36-40 Jul 2011
For education institutions looking for ways to expand, there is good news: they already may have the space they need, right on campus. Limited financial resources are inspiring education institutions to be more creative by enlisting the help of architects to re-examine existing built assets. By thinking differently about space--the space within their own buildings--institutions are renovating and reprogramming instead of building new, and saving hundreds of millions of dollars in the process. Taking the time to brainstorm about new uses can help education institutions plan for expansion, even if administrators do not yet have a specific intended use for the space. Careful planning can set the stage for incremental work to be carried out. Education institutions can control the amount of financial resources allotted and also schedule work to avoid shutting down existing facilities during times of heavy use. Reorganizing the circulation of students or incorporating a new cafe or learning space in an area that previously was empty can bring vibrancy to a building, and increase the density of activity. Activating and changing relationships between different components can bring a fresh, modern feel to an entire building, creating a new place without having to build one from the ground up.
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Language: English
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