As a specialist in the school construction industry, it is important that we understand the emerging school construction trends. This allows us to better serve our education clients and provide the expertise needed to achieve the optimal results. We have been noticing several trends recently which demonstrate changes in the needs of new school buildings. As technology continues to advance, as student populations grow, and as curriculum changes, the buildings themselves must change. In some cases, it is a remodel, or addition to an existing school. Or, it is an entirely new school building that is needed. Whatever the case may be, our team at Miller Architects & Builders understand the recent school construction trends, and can assist you every step of the way from design to final walkthrough. We wanted to share a few of the more prevalent trends we have been seeing.
Studies have shown that school populations are rapidly growing. In fact, a study by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF) demonstrates that the number of school-age children will increase by approximately 20 million over the next 50 years. This trend has already started to crowd smaller schools forcing districts to consider their options. Schools being built now must be adaptable and large enough to accommodate this growth. The very design of schools must involve a great deal of foresight, and consider what is needed to accommodate rising school populations.
More children are being diagnosed with disabilities requiring services as dictated by the Individuals with Learning Disabilities Act (IDEA). Understanding regarding special needs has been steadily growing, and we are learning how to better understand and educate students formally diagnosed with special needs. Schools must be designed and built with the special needs of students considered. They will need space for many different services from fine-motor rooms to alternate classrooms.
When many of our current schools were built, computers took up entire rooms, mobile devices did not exist, and the internet was only used by the military for text-based messaging. Many of those older schools are unequipped to handle new technologies. Retrofitting crowded schools with space and functionality for the use of new technologies can be either cost-prohibitive or impossible based on the existing school. New construction schools need to have in place the ability to use the current technologies and have the adaptability to use future technology as well.
The trend of going green certainly reaches far beyond school construction alone. Building schools with sustainability in mind has altered the process of designing and building schools today. Green construction is building with the intended goal of using materials that are easy on the environment to reduce the carbon footprint of the building. It also involves implementing a vast number of construction methods and materials to reduce waste, improve air quality, use less electricity, and many other factors.
Miller Architects and Builders
At Miller Architects and Builders, we are passionate about offering full-service design and build construction options for the education industry. We have experience in the design and construction of schools and work hard to remain on the cutting-edge to serve our clients with buildings that meet their needs now and in the future. We invite you to learn more about our process and dedication to service and to contact us with any questions. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your project and help you make it a reality.