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The Universal Language of Active Learning Is Architecture

The Universal Language of Active Learning Is Architecture

Our educational system has been conditioned over time to embrace the concept that we are only limited by our imagination. However, the reality is that physical and emotional barriers within our educational environments can limit the imagination process.

DMACC Urban Campus Student Center: Sneak Peek

DMACC Urban Campus Student Center: Sneak Peek

As the first majority minority college/university campus in the state of Iowa, the DMACC Urban Campus Student Center is a resource for everyone in central Iowa and celebrates and captures the vibrancy and diversity of the campus.

Transforming Underutilized Space into a Main Attraction

Transforming Underutilized Space into a Main Attraction

West Des Moines Community Schools converts an unmaintained courtyard overgrown with invasive plant material into its new media center.

Managing Environmental Hazards In Iowa Schools During The Pandemic

Managing Environmental Hazards In Iowa Schools During The Pandemic

While the pandemic continues to draw public attention to environmental safety in schools, Iowa school districts continue to grapple with managing the regulated hazards in their buildings.

Adding a Storm Shelter - The Best Option

Adding a Storm Shelter - The Best Option

The best option for safety during a tornado is an ICC 500 or FEMA P-361 storm shelter. Both have similar requirements.

Strengthen Existing Areas Against Extreme Wind Events During Remodels

Strengthen Existing Areas Against Extreme Wind Events During Remodels

Existing spaces that were not designed for resistance to the effects of a tornado can be augmented to provide additional protection for occupants as an interim measure.

Best Available Refuge Area Example

Best Available Refuge Area Example

Most school districts have tornado drills to practice where to go and what to do during a tornado. The locations within the school are typically chosen by administrators who have the best intentions, but do not have the structural engineering training to identify the criteria necessary to choose the safest options available.

Best Available Refuge Area (BARA) - When You Don't Have a Safe Room or Storm Shelter

Best Available Refuge Area (BARA) - When You Don't Have a Safe Room or Storm Shelter

Tornadoes can occur anywhere in the US, but are most frequent in the tornado-prone Midwestern states. With students and staff spending a large portion of their day in the school building, having a designated safe area for use during a tornado is critical.

Natural Hazard Vulnerabilities & Planning

Natural Hazard Vulnerabilities & Planning

Because our children spend a majority of their time at schools, we often perceive these buildings as safe and should inherently possess good resistance to natural hazards.

Preparing Your Students, Staff and School for Tornado Season

Preparing Your Students, Staff and School for Tornado Season

Natural disasters are inevitable, however, the extent impact of the disaster can be mitigated lessened when a strategy is in place.

Tornado Season - Preparing Your Students, Staff & School

Tornado Season - Preparing Your Students, Staff & School

Growing up, many of us became well-practiced in tornado drills and know exactly what to do when we hear the alarm.

Documenting Storm Damage

Documenting Storm Damage

Through the use of drone technology, our certified drone pilot(s) produce vibrant, dynamic HD aerial video and photos that are immense valuable when documenting storm damage.

Incorporating Shock Pads - A Best Practice for Synthetic Fields

Incorporating Shock Pads - A Best Practice for Synthetic Fields

As bands march and athletes run on their schools’ athletic fields year after year, the synthetic turf will unavoidably breakdown.

Future Infrastructure Funding Webinar: Video & Presentation

Future Infrastructure Funding Webinar: Video & Presentation

Watch our “Future Infrastructure Funding” webinar to get the latest on the CARES 2.0/HEROES Act and get an infrastructure outlook on the stimulus package, FAST Act reauthorization, appropriations and shovel ready.

Safely Returning To Schools & COVID-19

Safely Returning To Schools & COVID-19

This up-to-date K-12 resource includes design and mechanical considerations to help you develop your re-entry strategy while managing COVID-19.

Protect Your Building Enclosure During Spring Storm Season

Protect Your Building Enclosure During Spring Storm Season

As you head into spring storm season (e.g. high wind events and damaging hail), damage to the roofs of your buildings can occur.

Passive Ways to Improve School Security

Passive Ways to Improve School Security

When it comes to securing schools, finding the right balance between safety without sacrificing a welcoming and nurturing learning environment is critical.

How to Start a School Security Program

How to Start a School Security Program

On the surface, a school’s mission to teach, nurture, and educate children seems clear enough. But a safe and secure environment is just as important – and a necessity – in order for children to learn.

Strategic Use of Color and Lighting Influences Children’s Ability to Learn

Strategic Use of Color and Lighting Influences Children’s Ability to Learn

The goal of all schools is to help their students learn by creating an environment in which they can thrive. Color and lighting can help support that mission.

More Ways to Save with Solar in Illinois

More Ways to Save with Solar in Illinois

Illinois solar incentives and funding mechanisms...