November 2014 School Planning & Management

November 2014

On the Cover

Classroom Furniture

The Furniture Effect

Creating new spaces in old places.

By Ellen Kollie

A look at ways to redesign learning environments through the use of furnishings and equipment.


Energy & HVAC

Too Hot, Too Cold, Too Expensive: Energy & HVAC

By David Mount, Shane Day

Designing a new K-4 school that is comfortable for young occupants and easy to operate and maintain.

Classroom security

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

Buyer Beware

By Paul Timm

Classroom security after-market devices may not be as safe as they are advertised.

vocational learning labs

Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

The New Vo-Tech

By Patrick Glenn

Transforming 20th-century vocational workshops into 21st-century learning labs.

School Art Murals Signage

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Building Art

By Scott Berman

Using signage and graphics to unify the look and identity of an institution and its campus.

Energy conservation

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Overlooked "Low Hanging Fruit" Behind Closed Doors

By Larry Schoff

Wasting Energy and Resources, Low Voltage Distribution Transformers (LVDT).

Building Envelope

Want to Improve Student Performance? Start with the Air They Breathe

By Elliott Horner, Scott Steady


Trends in Green

Resilience, Schools and Insurance

By Eric Brossy de Dios

Can schools be rewarded with lower insurance costs by taking steps to reduce risk? A new program shows how it can be done.

Safety & Security

School Terrorism

By Michael Dorn

Are we less prepared now?

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

What’s Goin' On

By Deborah P. Moore

Emerging Technology

Operating System, What's That?

By Glenn Meeks

New devices mean it's time to shift your approach.

Safe Room

Facility Planning

Alabama's Safe Rooms: Case Studies

By Freddie Lynn, Jr.

Tweaks to design make ICC-500 implementation more practical.


flipped classroom


A Flipped Example

By Michael Fickes

flipped classroom

Technology (Enhancing + Engaging + Connecting)

Flipping Technology

By Michael Fickes

How technology supports flipped classrooms.


Energy Management

EPA Releases Guidance to Improve Schools' Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency


Five No-Cost and Low-Cost School Safety Approaches

By Michael Dorn

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