Resources for Facilities Design and Planning
Council of Educational Facilities Planners International
This Web site contains CEFPI's Issuetrak series that may be printed ordownloaded. Articles include "Gross Square Feet per Student," which is helpful inestimating square footage and offers hints for deciding the size of certain areasbased on program characteristics. Also in the "Issuetrak" series are questionsfor facilities planners to ask before beginning the planning process, how toestimate costs for technology, and how to plan for a school's lightingrequirements.
The site also contains a search engine for abstracts of CEFPI Journal articles and links to a directory of facility planning consultants
|School Planning & Management Magazine |
School Planning & Management Magazine
publishes articles on school design, maintenance, and construction. The currentissue is available on-line as well as the most recent Construction Report published by the magazine, which features construction statistics by region. Thisuser-friendly site also has an archive indexed by subject and provides directlinks to previously published articles.
|The National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities |
This Web site is arranged by topics including "Planning & Finance," "FacilityDesign," and "Operations and Maintenance." It includes a helpful "FrequentlyAsked Questions" section under each topic. There is a search engine so users cansearch the clearinghouse database by title or keywords. It also has on-linephotographs of the "National Facility of the Month."
|New Horizons |
This Web site is touted as "a virtual learning community supporting an expandedvision of learning." It provides links to a variety of pages on educationaltopics such as "Technology and Learning" and "Special Needs/Inclusion," and torelated Web sites such as the University of Washington Center for Architectureand Education. The "Special Needs/Inclusion" page contains links to publicationsand training materials on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) legislation.The UW link furnishes a series of articles on educational facility design andpost-occupancy evaluation and includes photographs and sketches of someinnovative facilities built as community partnerships.
Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, ADA Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act: A Self-Evaluation Guide for Public Elementary and Secondary Schools
This guide provides administrators with all of the information they need to knowabout ADA, including how to evaluate schools and plan for modifications in astraightforward manner. Each chapter discusses a separate topic related to ADAand contains self-evaluation material connected to the topic. The guide usesexamples throughout to show how regulations would apply in specific instances.For example, in Chapter 2, the ADA definition of disability is discussed: "aphysical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the majorlife activities" of an individual. This is followed by several examples anddiscussions of situations where school administrators may need to decide whetheran employee or student has a disability.
ADA Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act: A Self-Evaluation Guidefor Public Elementary and Secondary Schools is available from the SouthwestDisability and Business Technical Assistance Center (SWDBTAC), 2323 SouthShepherd Suite 1000, Houston, TX 77019; 800/949-4232, free of charge.
|United States General Accounting Office Report to Congressional Requestors,School Facilities: Profiles of School Condition by State |
This is the seventh and last report to Congress responding to its request for acomprehensive review of the condition of America's school facilities. The reportis organized into profiles of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Theprofiles outline state support for school facilities, including financial andtechnical assistance. They also contain state-specific results from the 1994survey of school facilities, including the condition of school buildings,adequacy of environmental conditions, how facilities are meeting requirements ofeducation reform and technology, funds necessary to bring schools into goodcondition, and the money needed to address federal mandates for providing accessto the disabled and for reducing environmental hazards. Guides for understandingthe data in the profiles are included in appendixes. Data for the profiles werecompiled from two different studies. One was a 1994 survey of school conditionsbased on a national sample of 10,000 schools. The other was based on telephoneinterviews with state education agencies in 1995.
This series of GAO reports on school facilities is available from the U.S.General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6051, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015,800/512-6000. The first copy is free; additional reports are $2 each.
School Facilities: Condition of America's Schools;
School Facilities: America's Schools Not Designed or Equipped for 21st Century;
Technology: America's Schools Not Designed or Equipped for 21st Century;
School Facilities: Accessibility for the Disabled Still an Issue;
School Facilities: America's Schools Report Differing Conditions;
School Facilities: Profiles of School Condition by State;
|National Education Knowledge Industry Association's (NEKIA), |
PROBE: Designing School Facilities for Learning
Beginning with an historical overview of how the current interest in schoolfacilities came about, this publication presents articles that delve into manyareas of concern for school districts facing renovations to or new constructionof school buildings.
Learning and facilities experts gather for a roundtable discussion about what weknow and what we still need to know to help communities manage facilities needs.Writer Anne C. Lewis examines how architects are translating the latest researchon school reform and improvement into facilities that support reform goals. JulieMiller profiles innovative architect Stephen Bingler, who relies heavily on"community dialogue" in designing schools for the 21st century.
Other articles examine options for funding school construction; the role thatcolor, lighting, noise, and other elements play in student learning andachievement; and how other states are managing their facilities dilemmas.
Probe: Designing School Facilities for Learning is available for $12.50 plus$2.50 shipping and handling from Southwest Educational Development Laboratory,contact SEDL Publications, 211 E. Seventh St., Austin, TX 78701-3253;800/476-6861.
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