Science Facilities

Title Abstract Publication Date
2007 Architectural Portfolio: Specialized Facilities. Profiles 33 outstanding new specialized school facilities selected for their innovation, sustainability, security, aesthetics, and life-cycle costs. These include art, performing arts, athletic,... 10/31/2007
A Fish Tale: Cabrillo High School's Aquarium Gets a New Facility. Examines how community cooperation helped to create a state-of-the-art aquarium for its high school. Discussed are building challenges and solutions, sponsorship from the state of California, and the... 11/30/1999
A Genius Idea Description and photos of the outdoor play and learn area at All Saints School in Norwalk, Connecticut that promotes play and an understanding of the physical sciences and energy conservation. The... 05/23/2012
Abbe Science Center, Solebury School. Describes this Pennsylvania high school science center that conforms to the land-use plan and rustic style of the campus. Building statistics, a listing of the design and construction participants, a... 02/29/2004
Accessibility: Maximum Mobility and Function. Describes how to design school and university labs to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, focusing on counter height for students in wheelchairs; appropriate knee space and... 06/30/2003
America's Lab Report: Investigations in High School Science. Investigates factors that influence a high school laboratory experience, examining what currently takes place and what the goals of those experiences are and should be. The chapter on facilities... 12/31/2005
Bertschi School Living Science Building Case study of the Bertschi School Living Science building, located in Seattle, the first project in the world built to the Living Building Challenge (LBC) v2.0 criteria and in an urban setting. This... 07/31/2012
Blueprint for Safety. Overview of the construction/renovation process from planning to construction, and a guide to how and when the science instructor should be involved. 10/31/2010
Building a Planetarium. School budgets dictate what can and cannot be done in science. Article offers an inexpensive, modified design to build a planetarium. The planetarium provides hands-on experience in plotting and... 01/31/1999
Building Blueprints: School Science Labs. Illustrates principles of school science laboratory design, citing the experience of the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Community School District. The District recently built or renovated over 50 laboratories,... 05/31/2007
Building Blueprints: Science Classroom/Laboratory Suggests six areas of design considerations for science classrooms and laboratories: educational program delivery, technology incorporation, placement within the building, safety, instructor... 03/31/2005
Building Blueprints: Science Facilities. Discusses design of PK-12 science teaching facilities. Components of planning and design are outlined, emphasizing relevance, flexibility, and accommodation of student creativity and project-based... 11/30/2009
Building Blueprints: Science Facilities. Addresses the need for safe science teaching spaces, made safe and cost-effective by being placed at the center of a space shared by adjacent teaching pods for math and liberal arts. 04/30/2010
Building Blueprints: STEM Labs. Explains the principles of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) inquiry-based teaching and the steps for planning a unified lab space that promotes an interconnectivity learning... 02/28/2011
Building for Learning: School Facilities and School Reform This edition of SEDLetter looks at some of the challenges of matching school facilities design, construction, or renovation to the goals and values of people in schools and communities. Constructing... 08/31/1998
Can Space Motivate(or Demotivate) Science Teachers? Englehardt presents research showing a correlation between spacial attributes and teaching methods in science teachers. He discusses findings related to laboratory design, access to specialized... 06/30/1988
Chemical Management Resource Guide for School Administrators. Helps identify sources, sometimes obscure, of dangerous chemicals in schools and advises on steps to oversee chemical management activities including establishing a leadership team, implementing... 11/30/2006
Commissioning Labs for Safety. Discusses the responsibilities of laboratory commissioning professionals, emphasizing confirmation of emergency power for vital systems, coordination of building and laboratory systems, and testing... 05/31/2008
Common Covert Chemical and Physical Hazards in School Science Laboratories. Part 2. Explains that mercury is a dangerous substance to use in school science laboratories and gives several examples of mercury poisoning. Lists some precautions that should be taken in case of mercury... 02/29/2000
Complying with Science. Using the regulations and guidelines set by the Americans with Disabilities Act, this article describes how to make the science classroom accessible to all, so that every student can have the... 04/30/1995
Creating Learning Environments That Work. Examines how Walnut Hills High School's (Cincinnati, OH) new Arts and Science Center was designed to students' and teachers' specifications. Facility assessment and planning are... 04/30/2001
Design Standards for a High School Museum Resource Center. Presents an investigative post-occupancy evaluation of five school museums using a facilities assessment instrument entitled Appraisal Guide for a Museum Resource Center Building Program. This... 11/30/2003
Designing and Planning Laboratories. Provides extensive planning and design advice for school laboratories. Beginning with a formula to calculate the number of laboratories needed, the guide discusses details of departmental and... 12/31/1999
Designing Schools for Tomorrow's Scientists and Engineers New STEM programs use flexible spaces and decentralized learning to give students room to experiment and collaborate. 08/24/2011
Designing Science Facilities for the New Science Standards. Offers guidance for creating K-12 science facilities that accommodate the 1996 National Science Education Standards. The document details science teacher input throughout the project, project stages... 12/31/1999