March/April 2020 Spaces4Learning

March/April 2020


child distant learning on laptop

K-12 Remote Learning

Moving to K-12 Digital Learning Fast: Where to Start

By Dian Schaffhauser

As coronavirus changes life as we know it, these education experts offer advice on how to make the transition to online instruction.



To Push the Envelope on Sustainability, Push the Envelope

By Blake Jackson

Architects continue to design buildings much the same way they always have; yet, a carbon-free future will require new practices, namely true, front-loaded integrative design.

parking payment stations at exit


Frictionless Parking: Promoting Campus Public Health During This Pandemic

By Chris McKenty

Frictionless parking can promote public health by dramatically reducing the number of common touch-points within a garage or parking lot.

workers on lift cleaning windows

Building Envelopes

From Cradle to Grave: The Cost of a Building

By Harold Stephens, Whitney Cabaza

When a system shows signs of failing, what is the most cost-effective course of action an owner should take? Does the owner replace the system or close the facility?

outdoor learning water play space

Learning Potential in the Outdoors

By Sean Sanger, Andrew Arbaugh

For students of all ages, carefully planned outdoor learning areas and features can become an integral component of education.

custodian cleaning wall

COVID-19 and The Custodial Training Component

By Marc Ferguson

Issues impacting the ability and training of cleaning contractors vary in different settings and situations. However, all of them must be overcome, and urgently, if we are going to get on top of the COVID-19 situation.

cleaning hand rails on staircase


Pandemic Response: Protecting Custodial Workers

By Eugene C. Cole

Custodial workers must modify cleaning practices and behaviors to help reduce COVID-19 risks, not only for a building’s occupants, but especially for themselves.


Editor's Note

Resources for Remote Learning

By David Nagel


Stevenson High School dining hall

Building Blueprint

Attracting Students to Healthier Food Choices Through Dining Design

By Wendy Watts, Craig Siepka, Steve Shearer

Healthy eating at school isn't just about changing the menu — it's also about the increasing significance of the student's dining experience.

University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Residence Hall

Facility Focus: Student Housing

University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Residence Hall

California State Polytechnic

Facility Focus: Campus Housing

California State Polytechnic University Sicomoro Hall and Secoya Hall


Tips for Custodial Workers and Employers