Why school districts and planners should implement adaptable, forward-thinking designs.

Changes in student population and educational programming are inevitable, so schools should be durable, flexible facilities adaptable to future needs. That’s the premise of a recent article in School Construction News, which highlights how districts and architects can collaborate to design schools that meet current and future needs. The article features seven strategies to ensure future flexibility without sacrificing quality. Our three favorites are highlighted here:

  1. Design for the greater community. An adaptable school serves more than the students currently enrolled. Buildings that serve the community have longevity.
  2. Invest in quality materials. A school is a long-term investment. School leaders should consider durable, timeless, low-maintenance exterior materials.
  3. Assume technology will change. School districts can’t completely anticipate future technology, but they can prepare by specifying expandable and robust mechanical, electrical and technology infrastructure.

In short, School Construction News says that by proactively addressing demographic shifts, programming changes and technology, school districts, planners and architects can anticipate and adapt for educational programming down the road. Read more about flexible, future-ready school design in the full article.