September 2019 School Planning & Management

School Planning & Management September 2019


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Construction Methods

Winds of Change: Storm Shelter Design Guidance

By Matthew H. Johnson, Andrea La Greca, Connor J. Bruns

In recent years, the International Building Code has mandated that all new construction for K–12 schools in most of the Midwest and South Central United States include a community storm shelter. This article will explain the requirements of storm shelter design and explore best practices for planning and construction.


Sustaining a Sustainable Building: The Keys to Operational Success

Best practices in sustainability have an effect that goes beyond energy savings and can even help measurably improve outcomes for students.

Targeting net positive energy design, the Fales Elementary School's positioning and geometry optimize energy generation from rooftop PV cells and daylighting.

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Facilities (Walls, Ceilings & Floors)

The Noisy Classroom

How walls, ceilings and everything in between impact the way children hear.

By Sarat Pratapchandran

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5 Keys to Proactive Locker Room Cleaning

By Gordon Buntrock

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Shining a Light on Success in the Classroom

What Role Does Lighting Design Play in Student Outcomes?

By Susan Baker


Physical Safety

The Importance of Safety Locks for K–12 Schools

Security assessments often uncover inconsistencies that can be quickly remedied.

By Nick Heywood


How One Wisconsin ISD Saved Half a Million on Health Benefits and Increased Benefit Satisfaction

By Matthew Levine

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

The STEAM Revolution

By David Nagel



Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

Making Makerspaces

By John Gladden, Brandon Biniker


colorful floor

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Colorful floors. Quiet hallways.

How Interface LVT brought peace of mind to the Reading Friends school building