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ERIC Number: EJ971092
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1059-7417
Planning for Change: Flexible Design Solutions
Mason, Craig
Educational Facility Planner, v44 n2-3 p17-20 2010
The intersection of technology and the 21st Century learner has challenged many school districts to rethink their approach to the design of school facilities and the definition of "classroom." To strategically plan for the future, districts must not only consider facilities and curriculum, but understand a process of change that is continually redefining the educational experience of students and teachers. The Federal Way School District, located between Seattle and Tacoma, Washington, faced such issues. Like many school districts, it resorted to a tear down and renovation process in response to enrollment pressures, evolving educational programs and students' needs. Endless construction costs and seemingly endless delays in implementing improved teaching and learning strategies for its students and teachers prompted Federal Way to rethink its space programming approach. During the past ten years, Federal Way has pursued a new, flexible model of design for schools within the district. On a parallel path, DLR Group has designed several flexible high schools across the country to enhance both the lifecycle and functionality of schools. In Federal Way, the district and DLR Group collaborated to design multiple elementary schools using this flexible approach to plan for and accommodate changes needed to support the learning needs of all students. Together, Federal Way and DLR Group are witness to the success this new model can offer to districts, students and communities across the nation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington