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New science wing fit for wizards (and Muggles)

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Our latest K12 school unveiling happened recently at Rye High School in Rye, NY, one of the top public high schools in the nation. This science wing addition was showcased last weekend during a ribbon cutting and ceremonial opening (complete with a performance by the school’s string quartet, student-led tours of the new science wing and classroom demonstrations by the science teachers – a really comprehensive affair!). KSQ Principal Armand Quadrini, AIA, LEED AP, also learned at the event that many parents and students in the school district are referring to KSQ’s latest K-12 design as “Hogwarts.” Not a bad comparison, we’d say.

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Daylighting helps students make the grade

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guest post by Bob Ford, President & CEO, SerraLux

Daylighting In Schools
We want what’s best for our kids, right? One way my own kids revitalize during the long school day is by having their all-important recess breaks. At recess, they go outside and move their bodies in tune with nature, taking in fresh air and sunshine. When I ask them what is their favorite class, “recess” is always their answer! So I figure, why limit the “feel good” benefits to the outdoors? Let’s bring some nature into the classroom and let our kids feel the benefits throughout the day.

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Why our buildings must balance connections with people, technology

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Not long ago I visited a museum that was advertised as highly interactive. And interactive it was. One could hear the words of history from the participants themselves. Technology was brought to life through video, touch screens and “intelligent tables.” I found myself presented with a history that I never knew, and reinforcement of history that I was already familiar with. In the three hours that I spent there, I learned a lot. But only later when I discussed my experience with the other people in our group did that knowledge truly come to life and deepen my understanding.

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Student Housing Crunch

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When resident enrollment surpasses bed count, just about everyone suffers. Overflow students are crowded into makeshift lounges and study rooms, nearby hotels, or RA rooms. Resident staff must manage larger-than-expected communities. Even those lucky students who score a standard room with only one roommate still lose out when community space is occupied by unfortunate latecomers. Parents become involved when they feel they’re being short-changed for tuition and fee expenses, or their children are being short-changed on their university experience.

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Creating an effective campus environment

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A young man of my acquaintance was recently touring college campuses.  Like thousands of high school juniors he was looking for that perfect place to continue his preparation for adulthood.  He wouldn’t put it that way, of course.  For him it was “Can I see myself in this place?”  “Will I do well here?”  “What will life be like here?”  So what were his responses?  About one campus he said, “I’m not feelin’ it.  Too old and institutional.”  At another place he said, “This is my new #1.”  Why?  “The buildings were new and I felt comfortable.”

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