Campus planning requires vision. It is best served by the kind of foresight that anticipates the educational needs of the future generation. The rise of the digital generation and the resultant changes in today’s scholarship make educational campus planning even more vital. With that in mind, here are three things to remember when designing educational campuses.
Look for Variety
Variety is key when looking for an architect for your educational facility – both in experience and in style. Choose an architectural firm that has a background in planning and designing campuses of various levels, from preschool to university, as different stages of learning have different needs.
Not only that, but you should also look for architects whose portfolios demonstrate a mastery of styles, from modern to Gothic, so you can see what fits your outlook the best. Also, ask to see 3-D models of proposed designs if they are available so you can get a more hands-on view before committing.
It can be easy to become distracted by your wishlist items when starting a new architecture project. An amphitheater, a new field house, an interactive learning space – they all sound great, but prioritize wishlist items by importance. Schools may offer state-of-the-art technology, but that means little if there is no adequate space to learn and use that technology. Determine your priorities early, so you can schedule a budget with your architect that meets your goals within the viable limits of your financial plan.
Energy efficiency and sustainability are big keywords in architecture these days, especially given the prestige that comes with LEED certification, along with other perks such as lower utility bills and higher building value. Green status inarguably helps make buildings more efficient, while also making maintenance cheaper in the long run. Remember that going green now can save you more green down the line — not to mention you would be helping the environment.
With the rise of the Digital Age, education is changing. As such, it is increasingly important that educational facilities are designed and constructed in a way that meets and anticipates students’ changing needs.