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Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2011
When a new school facility opens, most of the staff and students are eager to get inside quickly and check out the new surroundings and all the cool stuff that will make their days of teaching and learning more comfortable and enjoyable. In their excitement, they are unlikely to pay much attention to what every one of them has to pass through to…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Planning, School Safety, Structural Elements (Construction), School Security
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2010
The education headlines have been filled with grim news about facility closings, teacher layoffs and program cutbacks. When the economic climate is gloomy, few areas of schools and universities are spared. In areas outside the classroom, such as safety and security, the cuts may be larger and come more quickly. When money is scarce, education…
Descriptors: School Security, School Safety, Educational Facilities Planning, Economic Climate
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2009
This article discusses what lies ahead for education facilities and business in 2009 and beyond. For schools and universities, that's a safe prediction every year, but it's even more likely in 2009. Economic uncertainty is raising anxieties, tax coffers are dwindling, and budgets are collapsing, but the educational needs of students are just as…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Enrollment Projections, Educational Facilities Planning, Economic Impact
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2009
In the last several years, the growing demand that education institutions incorporate sustainable design and construction concepts in school facility plans has created a greater emphasis on using life-cycle costing. The use of long-lasting materials and equipment enables schools and universities to avoid the unnecessary consumption of energy and…
Descriptors: Life Cycle Costing, Educational Facilities Design, Educational Facilities Planning, Long Range Planning
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2009
When Fayette County (Kentucky) school officials began putting together estimates for upcoming renovation projects at two elementary schools, they based their projections on their district construction projects from 2007. But by February, when construction bids were opened for the renovations of Cassidy and Russell Cave elementary schools, the…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Educational Finance, Costs, Educational Facilities
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2008
Schools and universities should have a thorough plan that sets priorities for the most pressing facility renovations. With remedial programs, enrichment offerings, recreational activities and extended-year schedules, many school facilities are no longer dormant in the summer months. The increased year-round use of education facilities benefits…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Facilities, Educational Facilities Planning, Scheduling
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2006
In recent years, scores of educators and designers have been won over to the view that natural light--provided by the sun instead of bulbs or tubes--is desirable and beneficial for education facilities. Studies that show students performing better in classrooms that have the right kinds of daylighting bear out the intuitive beliefs of many…
Descriptors: Lighting, Energy Conservation, Energy Management, Educational Environment
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2006
Across the U.S., thousands of schools and universities are in the midst of construction projects that can stall because of unanticipated obstacles. The resulting delays can cause budget contingencies to evaporate and force students and staff in desperate need of more space to bide their time in cramped and inadequate facilities. Problems are bound…
Descriptors: School Construction, Budgets, Educational Facilities Planning, Construction Management
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2005
How much does a school cost? It's a straightforward question, but the answer for many education administrators is a frustrating, "It depends." The cost of a school facility surely includes what an education institution pays for the building site, design plans, construction materials, workers who assemble the building, and furniture and equipment…
Descriptors: Construction Materials, School Construction, Educational Finance, Educational Facilities Planning
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2005
Generations ago, it was common for young students to learn their reading and writing in the same classroom as older siblings studying more advanced lessons. For those people educated in one-room schoolhouses, having separate buildings for elementary school, middle school and high school would have been considered the ultimate in specialized…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Educational Needs, Laboratories, Educational Facilities
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2003
Discusses why schools and universities must be diligent as they build new facilities to make sure construction sites are not contaminated with toxic chemicals and other hazardous materials. Addresses why schools often inadvertently choose these sites, the drive for national regulation, lessons from a situation in Los Angeles, tips for acquiring…
Descriptors: Child Health, Educational Facilities Planning, Environmental Standards, Hazardous Materials
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2003
Offers ten ideas for schools and universities before embarking on a new construction project: defining a school, shared space, sustainability, outdoor landscape, geoexchange, a variety of spaces, student-oriented space, technology, community use, and security. (EV)
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Design, Educational Facilities Planning, School Construction
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2002
Discusses how creative planning can help schools to keep washroom traffic moving, deter vandalism, and reduce maintenance. (EV)
Descriptors: Delinquency Prevention, Educational Facilities Design, Educational Facilities Planning, School Maintenance
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2002
Using the example of Clark County school district in Las Vegas, discusses the challenges faced by administrators of rapidly growing areas. Districts confronting rapid growth must find enough money to build needed facilities, secure appropriate sites for new schools, juggle multiple construction projects, and not let the focus on new facilities…
Descriptors: Boomtowns, Educational Facilities, Educational Facilities Planning, Elementary Secondary Education
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2001
Describes how school districts are successfully reopening previously closed schools to accommodate growing enrollment trends. Issues including upgrading buildings, financing school reopenings, and regaining control of facilities that have been leased or sold for other purposes are discussed. (GR)
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Facilities Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools
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