Education

May 2, 2024

Oconomowoc Area School District Designs for Flexible Learning for K-12

Years before the pandemic, flexible design was already trending in education facilities. A growing body of research has found that instructional environments that allow for choice, freedom of movement, and interactive experiences result in students who are more comfortable, more engaged, and perform better academically. When the time came for the Oconomowoc Area School District…

October 12, 2023

Investing in Student Success

Nature has always been a source of inspiration, influencing centuries of art, literature, design, and music. In recent decades, science has proven what we’ve always felt – that experiencing nature has positive mental and physical benefits. Biophilic design seeks to wield the power of nature with intent, positively impacting building occupants by incorporating natural elements…

April 8, 2023

Achieving Positive Learning Outcomes Through Flooring

Interface recently partnered with YCH Architects to take on the task of designing for the future of the classroom at Roberta Road Middle School in Concord, NC. From top to bottom, this project’s goal was to create an inviting, safe and creative space for middle school-aged children that encourages learning, collaboration and community. Taking inspiration…

February 17, 2022

The University of Surrey Designs for Student Well-being

Home to over 17,000 students, the University of Surrey is continually transforming its campus to create inspiring environments. For one of its most recent renovations, the university wanted to create a space to promote student well-being. Wanting to offer its 17,000+ students a space different from any other on campus, the University of Surrey set about creating an area accessible to all students where…

October 22, 2021

Webinar: The Impact of Biophilic Design on Student Success

Design innovation in educational facilities at all levels is undergoing a revolution. Evidence-based design—making design decisions based on research about how aspects of the physical environment directly influence human performance and well-being — has transformed healthcare architecture, measurably impacting experiences for patients, families, and staff. Now, the same principles are being applied to spaces for…

August 9, 2021

Georgia Tech’s Student Housing Supports Dynamic Living Experience

In January 2020, Georgia Institute of Technology began the process of renovating its Harris and Smith residence halls to foster a more dynamic student living experience. An active campus with more than 32,000 students, Georgia Tech’s Facilities Design and Construction team was accustomed to working under tight deadlines. However, this project was made more complex…

July 16, 2021

Reducing Anxiety and Fostering Creativity Through K-12 Classroom Design

To say our K-12 classroom environments are experiencing unprecedented shifts is a dramatic understatement. Even before the global pandemic, we saw the diagnoses of anxiety disorders among youths increase. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, a survey by Harvard Medical School found that almost one-third of adolescents experienced an anxiety disorder. Instances of…