Students devote the majority of their waking hours at school on academic pursuits and other activities required for graduation. It is the responsibility of educational institutions to concentrate on the physical facilities and to provide an infrastructure that not only fosters academic growth but also pays attention to the emotional and physiological well-being of the students.
From an educational facility’s point of view, it is always important to have some common quantitative denominators or parameters that allow planners and designers to create solutions that address current and long-term needs, goals, and regulations.
The following are some of the most important requirements for your school buildings and common needs you should think about:
- Location - The school should be accessible to both in-town students and those who have a longer commute.
- Size - The size should meet the immediate needs of the community, as well as anticipated future needs.
- Class Size and Density - Bear in mind the teacher to student ratio. There needs to be adequate “empty” space, so students do not feel congested.
- Types of Buildings/Space - Form should follow function.
- Equipment - Adequate use and storage space should be available for technology, traditional equipment and recreational equipment.
- Technology - Power infrastructure needs to support a wide range of technological equipment.
- Interior Space Design - Al spaces should be aesthetically pleasing and moderately stimulating, and include spaces where stimulus is minimal.
- Legal Requirements - Reliance on certified professionals is essential to ensure legal compliance.
- Safety, Comfort and Security - Individual spaces as well as the whole facility should be able to be made secure from outside threats as well as internal dangers (fire, smoke, carbon monoxide, etc.).