July/August 2020 Spaces4Learning

July/August 2020


theater renovation

Building Blueprints

Setting the Stage for Success

Extensive Renovation Adds State-of-the-Art Theater to Massachusetts School

By Thomas Renner

academic design and construction


Why Design-Build Merits Serious Consideration for Academic Design & Construction

By Ed Hodges

The academic sector is the perfect use case for exploring how design-build is the best delivery system for mitigating risk, increasing the speed of delivery, lowering costs, and delivering great design – all through a simpler, more collaborative process.

sensory room

Sensory Rooms

Sensory Rooms May Help Ease the Anxiety Students Feel from COVID-19

By Cecilia Cruse

The stimulating environment of a sensory room may heighten awareness, provide a sense of security and comfort, improve creativity, promote mental and physical relaxation, and even decrease aggressive behaviors.

Northwestern University sports facility

Facility Focus

Northwestern University: Walter Athletics Center and Ryan Fieldhouse

By Scott Berman

proper distancing in schools

Rethinking School Spaces and Structures to Maintain Proper Distancing Amid COVID-19

By Cindy Eggebrecht-Weinschreider

When students finally return to school after months of learning from home, there will be dramatic changes. Even when K-12 leaders are allowed to reopen their facilities, doing so safely and responsibly will require everyone to maintain proper distancing while they’re at school, experts agree — at least until there is a working vaccine for the COVID-19 virus.

cooperative purchasing for schools


Trends in Cooperative Purchasing

By Sarat Pratapchandran

School districts see value in using cooperative purchasing entities as they get a steady, predictable pricing structure and supplier source.


Editor's Note

A New Back-to-School Experience

By Yvonne Marquez