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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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Hospitals Go Green
When Children’s Hospital of Austin, TX, began planning an environmentally sustainable replacement facility, hospital board members concentrated on three key elements.
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City of Chicago Recognizes Ballasted EPDM as ‘Cool Roof’ Alternative
The City of Chicago has added ballasted roof systems as an accepted cool-roofing alternative in its municipal code.
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Design of University of Kentucky’s New Hospital Includes a Healthy Dose of Art
By incorporating art, both visual and performing, Dr. Michael Karpf, executive vice president for health affairs at the University of Kentucky, says, the hospital becomes more inviting and comforting for patients.
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The La Mirada High School expansion is one of three high school additions completed or under way as a part of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District (NLMUSD) Measure S School Facility Improvement Program. Construction for the new classroom building and modernization of the administration building were completed in June 2008.
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The Best Defense: Comprehensive School Security
Recent high-profile school shootings and attacks have put the public eye on educational facilities. While having safe schools has always been important, more and more facilities professionals are taking a much-needed, critical look at the current security standards in their schools and on their campuses.
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Green Practices Increase on North American College Campuses
Colleges across the United States and Canada are stepping up green practices and policies, with more than two out of three schools improving performance over the last year, according to the new College Sustainability Report Card 2008.
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Bellaqua Series by Harmonic Environments
Bellaqua Series is a simple, low-cost indoor waterfall that’s a freestanding unit specifically designed for easy, turnkey integration into virtually any space.
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Ceiling Mount Wireless Access Point by Crestron
This product enables easy set-up, low-profile ceiling-mount installation, 360-degree coverage, and enterprise-level security and management capabilities.
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GU24 Compact Fluorescent Lamps by BULBRITE
Expanding its line of energy-efficient lamping alternatives, BULBRITE unveils a full line of new GU24 Twist & Lock Compact Fluorescent lamps.
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June 3, 2009
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