06/03/2009

Get Educated on Prototype Design

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With school districts across the country outgrowing their aging or too-small educational facilities, school boards and officials are faced with a multifaceted dilemma: renovate or build new? Design from scratch, or buy a design off the shelf? What will save money, and what will benefit the students? The questions may seem overwhelming, but the answer may rest in a simple, tested solution – prototype design for educational facilities.

While it’s not a new concept, prototype schools deserve a second look in today’s economic and environmental situation with their ability to save time, cut costs, and more quickly implement sustainable features across entire school districts.

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