Some of the most important work in every community takes place in the school buildings. Those buildings need to be designed to meet the educational programs that are being delivered there. In other words for a good school building to meet the needs of a community, the educational program requirements should “drive” the architectural function. Classrooms, special learning spaces, and support spaces need to be “right sized” to accommodate district standards and community needs. In addition, recent research indicates that student achievement can be improved by having school facilities that have good lighting, good acoustics, and good air quality.
Educational Specifications projects require a survey of educational programs, a review of enrollment projections, space allocation tables, and space adjacency diagrams. In addition, for each space, the educational requirements for plumbing, electrical, HVAC, technology, windows, doors, flooring, ceilings, and storage are detailed. The consulting team meets with a variety of school and community representatives in the requirements development process.
Project Management and Approach
We believe a successful Educational Specifications project depends on establishing clear expectations and managing the project to achieve those expectations. Teater-Crocker applies these fundamental concepts of successful project management including a concise work plan, clearly assigned responsibilities, a common vision of the final product, frequent communications between team members, and periodic progress meetings between team members and between the project manager and the client. Schedules and timelines are monitored and updated as needed.
Our approach to these type of projects is based on our experience conducting similar projects for school districts around the country emphasizing cooperation and collaboration, and if desired capacity-building, with the district team.
Recent Educational Specification Examples
Educational specifications can be completed on a per-building basis, on a multi-building / campus basis, or even on a prototypical basis allowing districts to repurpose the specifications for similar buildings constructed at different times. Recent examples of Educational Specifications projects are below. For a full list of all representative projects please click here.
Brewster School District, WA – Middle School, Elementary School and High school
White River School District, WA – Middle School and two Elementary Schools
Chehalis School District, WA – Two Elementary Schools
Ocosta School District, WA – Elementary School
Seattle Public Schools, WA – Prototypical Educational Specifications
Plummer-Worley School District, ID – Educational Specifications