Components & Materials


  • Classroom Components
    Elementary students in a classroom working at their desks.

    Comfort Is Critical for Student Success. Here Are 3 Simple Factors to Consider.

    Why address comfort in the design of a learning space? When students are physically comfortable, they’re more at ease: They can relax, block out negative thoughts and focus more effectively on instruction. 05/25/2020

  • Components & Materials
    Carrie Busey Elementary School library carpet tile. Credit: Scott Berman

    It’s All in the Details: Walls, Ceilings and Floors

    Walls, ceilings and floors, along with all interior and other building elements, must meet budgetary, acoustic, resilience, sustainability and maintenance requirements, with builders weighing such factors and others. Here are some ways that schools are making their interiors stand out. 05/05/2020

  • Interior Design
    Caption: Single leaf sliding doors support North Creek High School’s (NCHS) collaborative culture in Bothell, Washington. Credit: © Chris Eden /

    Collaborative Design Through the Lens of Interior Sliding Doors

    In Bothell, Washington, Dykeman, Inc. worked with the Northshore School District to create a flexible, innovative learning center for 1,600 students centered on collaboration. They incorporated state-of-the-art interior single leaf sliding doors and hardware into eight "collaboration cubes" to pave the way for project-based and problem-based group learning, without compromising design. 03/25/2020

  • K-12 High-Traffic Areas
    school flooring

    Flooring and the Impact It Has On K-12 Learning Environments

  • Residence Halls
    timber building

    Constructing Community

    The largest mass timber building in America, Adohi Hall at the University of Arkansas, exemplifies a new generation of wood-framed and light-filled residence halls designed to foster connections. 01/01/2020

  • Adaptive Reuse for Education
    adaptive reuse

    Thinking Outside The Box: Adaptive Reuse For Education

    There are countless opportunities to create new and innovative learning environments within existing buildings. 11/01/2019

  • Guest Viewpoint

    Turnkey Renovation Solutions for A+ Aesthetics

    A few solutions to minimize renovation costs and support sustainablity goals. 11/01/2019

  • Facilities
    Roof vents at Kansas State University

    Raising the Roof at Kansas State

    A renovation that included the repair of storm damage to the roof of McCain Auditorium on the campus of Kansas State University was a coordinated effort that required the replacement of custom-fabricated smoke vents. 10/18/2019

  • Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)
    Field House

    The Flexible Field House

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)
    building envelope

    From the Outside In

    Building envelope systems not only work to keep the inside in and the outside out, but can also contribute to a facility’s or institution’s sustainability goals while presenting an attractive, functional front. 10/01/2019

  • Facilities (Building Envelope)
    building exteriors

    3 Critical Elements of a Building Exterior

  • Facilities (Walls, Ceilings & Floors)
    noisy classroom

    The Noisy Classroom

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)

    Before the Snow Falls

    Autumn is the ideal time to prepare structures for winter from roof to foundation. Undertaking routine inspections in the fall can prevent costly repairs in the future. 09/01/2019

  • Lighting
    classroom lighting

    Shining a Light on Success in the Classroom

  • Electrical Distribution: Designing the Campus Heartbeat

    Campus electrical distribution systems support all aspects of campus activity. Understanding the challenges for new and replacement installations is imperative for maintaining university operations and protecting capital investments. This article provides insight into identifying and addressing these challenges. 08/14/2019

  • Expert Perspective
     Immersive Learning Environments: An Untapped Resource for Differentiated Learning

    Immersive Learning Environments: An Untapped Resource for Differentiated Learning

    As education principles continue to evolve, immersive learning environments offer an emerging and meaningful education tool. 07/23/2019

  • 7 C Strategy for Cost-Effective Preventative Maintenance

    Preventative maintenance is crucial for identifying maintenance needs and determining the amount of deferred maintenance needed. It will also help facility managers plan and prioritize projects and evaluate their costs. 07/02/2019

  • Looking Forward
    trends at collegs and universities

    Trends In Education

    Life's one constant is change and College Planning & Management is here for it. From the expansion of big data to plant-forward dining options, schools are adapting with the times. Here's a look at what's happening now and into the future. Is your school ready for what's next? 07/01/2019

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)
    structural integrity

    Preserving Structural Integrity

    It is important to include a structural perspective of your facilities when considering the impact of deferred maintenance. 07/01/2019

  • Facility Focus (Libraries / Learning Commons)
    Carnegie Mellon University

    Carnegie Mellon University: Sorrell's Engineering & Science Library Renovation

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)
    science lab

    Science on Display

    Creative design can solve the conflict between having an open research lab with natural light and views where passersby can see and be excited about the research being done and safeguarding sensitive or proprietary information. 07/01/2019

  • Trends

    View From the Industry

    Look inside for commentary from experts in the field who share their perspective on trends in education and the effect those changes will have on various learning environments. 07/01/2019

  • Editor's Note (The View From Here)

    The Light Gets In

  • Facility Focus (Libraries / Learning Commons)
    Boston Univeristy School of Medicine

    Boston University School of Medicine: Alumni Medical Library

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)
    Christopher Newport Hall at Christopher Newport University

    Connecting to Campus

    Thoughtfully designing the high-traffic areas that define your campus plays a crucial role in establishing your institution's identity. 06/01/2019

  • Facilities (Learning Spaces)
    maintenance cleaning floors

    Floors Need Special Care

    Nearly all flooring surfaces in a school facility can be considered 'high traffic areas.' 06/01/2019

  • Facilities (Learning Spaces)

    My Roof's Got a Hole In it...

    Each roof leak is an opportunity to fail. As always, planning for all possible alternatives in advance will pay dividends in the future. 04/01/2019

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)

    Lighting for Humans

    How the latest lighting technologies enhance student success, safety, and engagement. 04/01/2019

  • Facilities (Learning Spaces)
    learning environment

    New Wine in Old Bottles

    Imagine the opportunities that could be created in the learning environment if there were 50 or even a 100 points of light in each classroom that could be controlled individually or grouped in zones. 04/01/2019

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)

    A Prescription for Healthy Roofs

    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to roof maintenance. 04/01/2019

  • Planning for Summer Construction: How Schools Can Stay Cool During a Time Crunch

  • Northland Pines High School

    Intelligent Schools

    K-12 school buildings that automatically manage and control utility costs 24-hours a day. 03/01/2019

  • Facilities (Learning Spaces)


    Like many things in life, flooring decisions are not always easy 'black or white' decisions. 03/01/2019

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)

    Flooring for Learning Spaces

    Choosing the right flooring for lecture halls and classrooms will have an impact on acoustics, aesthetics, maintenance, and more. 03/01/2019

  • Facilities (Learning Spaces)
    fresh air in the classroom

    FRESH AIR: The Impact of HVAC Systems on Indoor Air Quality

    Expecting children to learn in poorly ventilated classrooms is like requiring them to read blurry textbooks. 01/01/2019

  • Technology (Innovations for Education)
    digital sinage and display

    Top Uses for Digital Signage and Displays

    Details of developing a successful installation on the campus of West Virginia University. 01/01/2019

  • Colorado State University Bioengineering Building

    Design/Build Value Comparison on Campus

    The recent addition of three laboratory buildings on the campus of Colorado State University, completed through three different delivery methods, allowed the university to determine the delivery method that was more cost efficient, efficient, and enjoyable, while retaining a high level of design and construction. 12/10/2018

  • Technology (Innovations for Education)
    internet of things

    Intelligent Facilities

    The Internet of Things can make the job of facilities managers easier, but getting buy-in may take some time and education. 10/01/2018

  • Facilities (Learning Spaces)
    building envelope

    The Building Envelope

    Envelopes have long since evolved from a means to just keep outside out and inside in. Systems are advancing with, among other things, sophisticated air and vapor barriers, airtight interiors, increasingly efficient windows, and exceedingly insulated roofs. 09/01/2018

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)
    Building Envelope

    At First Sight

    Diverse, innovative materials are available for the building envelope, adding impactful visual interest as well as energy efficiency to campus facilities. 09/01/2018

  • Open But Secure

  • Campus International School

    New Campus International School Designed to Serve Cleveland's Diverse Student Population

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)

    9-to-5 Flooring

    Campus administrative and office areas have requirements for flooring that differ from academic, residence hall, athletics, and other facilities. Here's what to consider for these working spaces. 06/01/2018

  • Facilities (Learning Spaces)
    Resimericial Design

    Resimercial Design

    Creating learning environments that positively impact students. 06/01/2018

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)

    Walls That Promote Learning

    Walls and ceilings have evolved from flat white panels into attractive interior design elements that contribute to educational quality. 06/01/2018

  • Facilities (Learning Spaces)

    It's All Good!

    Carpet, tile, rubber, and hardwood? All have their benefits. 06/01/2018

  • Facilities Management (Managing Assets)

    What's Under Your Feet?

    Don't overlook the importance of floor coverings in your campus facilities. 05/01/2018

  • Rainscreen Systems: Keeping Your Buildings Dry

  • Facilities (Campus Spaces)

    What's Up With the Roof?

    Out of sight, out of mind should not apply to your facilities' roofs. Attention to evaluating, maintaining, repairing, and ultimately replacing your roofing systems is vital to avoiding unexpected expenses and possible catastrophic damage. 03/01/2018

  • Facilities (Learning Spaces)
    LEDs and Lighting Controls

    Illuminating Applications

    Shining a Light on What's New in LEDs and Lighting Controls. 03/01/2018