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What Does A School Do? Online vs Physical Environments

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Good contemporary design embodies the notion that the built environment has both measurable and intuitive effects on the well-being of occupants. In an educational context, architecture shapes the destiny of students via comfortable, interactive, healthy spaces. These interiors must then be filled with committed teachers and teaching tools to create a school. Ideally, the building [...]

A New History for Weldon Valley School District

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Weldon Valley School District in Weldona, Colorado enjoys a fruitful seven-year relationship with The Neenan Company. During this time, three separate improvement projects have followed a master plan to bring the beloved historic character of the campus up to 21st Century sustainability standards. Even the most well-built, hundred-year-old structure needs to be changed. At Weldon [...]

Schools of the Future: Why Architects Matter

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Buckminster Fuller argued in 1981s Critical Path that school children should not go to school. Instead, he suggested that they stay home and learn remotely by video cassette. His reasoning had to do in part with an energy equation that figured the real price of gasoline on the order of a million dollars per gallon, [...]

School Funding Success Stories: Tips on Passing Bond Measures from Mapleton and Akron, CO

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It takes a village to raise a child–especially when were talking about school funding. In Colorado, BEST (Building Excellent Schools Today) grants offer matching funds to communities who can raise bond money in their districts, providing big financial incentives for area residents to chip in for education. We spoke with Whei Wong, Chief Communications Officer [...]

Small Schools, Grand Community: Mapleton Public Schools

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Mapleton Public Schools operates with the belief that you must create a culture where students are trusted and empowered. In their recent projects on Skyview Campus and York International, The Neenan Company was tasked with the creation of spaces for smaller specialty schools — one, Clayton Partnership School, is designed for K-8 learning; Academy High [...]

LEEDing the way

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The first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces, or at least not try to defy them. Paul Hawken Theres no air conditioning. The soil on the grounds includes construction waste. Teachers hardly ever need turn on a light. The roof and parking lots are non-reflective materials that minimize heat buildup. Solar panels [...]

Big Ideas for Small Schools

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It would be hard to argue that small schools and specialized education are a bad thing. The small school movement holds that smaller institutions lead to greater attention to students, increased choice on the part of students and parents, and ultimately greater academic success. So across the country, schools are being carved into more tailored [...]

Learning to Sit in Rows?

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As cultural preparation for the workplace has changed through the years, and as our understandings of the relationship between child psychology and learning methods have deepened, education has also traveled through different design phases. Today, many types of learning are recognized and accounted for, but the stereotype of school as a place for lecture-based indoctrination [...]

Neenan News: Project Updates

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Spring is just around the corner, and many exciting projects are underway here at Neenan! Follow the links below to learn more about a few of our recent project milestones. Improved healthcare coming to Coquille Valley and surrounding areas Coquille Valley Hospital Districts plans to construct a new, replacement hospital facility on their existing hospital [...]

Triple Cheers for Alamosa

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Similarly to the way the Sargent School District was able to apply triple bottom line thinking to great effect in their new school building, Colorados Alamosa Elementary Schools also worked with Neenan and the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program to create an infrastructure for people, planet, and profit. From the real-world experience students got [...]