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Transcript of Case Studies
Brian Huynh APHS seems to be lacking much in the area of sports. Their campus only has one multi-purpose square field and a basketball court, no football fields or baseball diamonds. They do not advertise winning teams in athletics either, however they do have a boxing club. Athletics This school (as all public buildings are) is required to have smoke detectors and fire alarms. Temperature is also regulated by the school itself.
The school, as well as the neighboring Patano High School has its own water treatment facility. Building Services One of the most beautiful things about this school is the ability to create a modern, inoffensive décor. All components of this school are fully functional and the form with it accentuates the space’s potential. For example, the big cafeteria/multipurpose room has windows for walls, high ceilings, and crossed metal beams, much like an aircraft hangar. Pictured is a staircase, another example, with a sleek curvature that suggests a modern art, while still serving hundreds of people and holding their weight. Form and Function Andrada Poly advertises specialty classes for students in:
Bioscience: APHS offers three levels of classes in science and technology, including cell biology, forensics, genetics, cancer biology, plant science, pharmacy, ecology and anthropology.
Healthcare: Sports medicine, veterinary assisting, and mental/behavioral health
Transportation Technologies: Auto shop, engineering and mechanics Specialties Tucson, Arizona is known for its desert climate. It is consistently cooler than Phoenix, but it still gets considerably warm, topping off at about 100 degrees in July. Tucson gets a very small amount of rain, with about 2 inches in it’s wettest season. Climate Andrada Polytechnic offers many honors and AP courses, as well as many academic clubs such as NHS. They offer specific classes such as Bioscience, Healthcare, and Transportation Technology courses. Andrada seems to do well in academics. Classes Andrada Polytechnic does advertise an art club, but they don’t seem to be renowned for their art program. Art Andrada is a great example of a sustainable school because they actually have their own wastewater treatment facility, built by Integrated Water Services. This facility is shared with the neighboring Patano High School. Sustainable Information The interior of APHS is continued from the outside, with sleek décor painted in neutral grays, with bold splashes of color here and there. The inside uses many metal poles crossed to create structure. The curtain walls let in light and a view of the Tucson desert. Interior The exterior of Andrada Polytechnic is beautiful. Its contemporary design and high curtain walls allow people to see inside, where the modern elements are continued. The colors that APHS is painted in are neutral grays, with a bold, colorfully painted segment here and there. The school has achieved a sleek, hip vibe while blending into the Tucson desert. Exterior There seems to be two parking lots around the main building, a large one for students, and a smaller one for faculty. The student parking lot could have potential traffic issues. The street that comes of the main road is not marked, and the outlets, inlets, and corners are bottleneck-potential. Marking the road to dictate in what direction cars should go, angling the parking spaces to reflect the flow of traffic, and even restricting access to some of the inlets during high-traffic hours would help it run more smoothly. Parking Details and Standards Most students in the zip-code area come from middle-class parents, however this school seems like one for the rich. Students here seem to have more responsibility, as there are few of them. They are each provided with a laptop computer and power outlets to charge, suggesting knowledge on how to use such equipment Socio-Economic Profile While there is lots of space for people to wander around, it is not clear whether the school is outfitted with elevators for handicapped users. Building Barrier-Free In the commons, there is a staircase pictured that reaches from a loft down to the ground. There are many rooms off on different sides all around, with very little hallway.
There is a high curtain window that extends up from the top of the 2nd floor to the ground. Structural Details APHS is wide-spread. It’s landscaping is mainly the terrain of the Tucson desert, as seen from the erratic spacing of bushes and dirt. The schoolrooms themself are focused in one main building, which works beautifully for a hot climate. The smaller building pictured in similar style is connected to the school by road. If it is the school office building, I would consider that to be poor planning because a principal needs to be closer in case of emergency. It could be a district office building, where the Vail School District could expand upon. It is evident that APHS does not place much importance on sports, since the school lacks football and baseball fields.
APHS is actually on the outskirts of town and within 500 yards of another high school in the area, Patano High School. Site Planning and Landscaping There are only a small amount of students at APHS and the space for them is quite roomy at this time. They seem to circulate intuitively within the school, there aren’t any designated directions in which they must circulate. In the commons, which is in the very middle of the building, people seem to circle around the edge of the area (which is circular) and that is essentially the way in which they travel from class to class. Vertical and Horizontal Circulation Andrada Polytechnic uses high ceilings and glass walls to create a light, clean atmosphere. The wide spaces allow for students to roam, plus an extra floor. The two floors in the cafeteria area are under the same ceiling, allowing for a more open, lit interior. Many students are acclimated for in the gathering halls and media areas. Rooms are not always sectioned off, but open walkways allow for open, easy access to the students.
APHS is also secluded a bit from the rest of the residential and industrial area.
It allots for 1,100 students Space and Utility The people in this area of town are well off, making 52,000 a year on average. Tucson has been known to be predominantly Caucasian, but recent studies have seen a rising increase in Hispanic people in the area. Most kids at this school would be from a more wealthy family. Demographics Map of Neighboring Area Tucson, Arizona Andrada Polytechnic High School There are 607 students at APHS Age Distribution Demographics of Tucson Age Distribution Area Details Spacing Buildings Working or Not How they deal with... Working Not Working More Building Info Other Stuff Pictures! Andrada Poly has a fresh, up-to-speed atmosphere accentuated by the architecture in the building as well as the form of education and character of the users.
The curtain windows are another working aspect. They let in light and a view of the desert.
The splashes of bright in the mostly neutral color scheme work well in a school format, accentuating the schools diverse population.
APHS also has wide open spaces in the commons, allowing for social interaction.
This school seems to have everything. They have cyber café, a tech center, a juice bar, yoga classes for teachers and parents, etc. This school seems like a paradise. The parking lot is a bit small to accommodate even 600 students. It also has a chance of bottlenecking at outlets and inlets off the main road.
There doesn’t seem to be many options for handicapped students.
While curtain walls are beautiful and let in lots of light, as praised earlier, the sun especially in the summer would make it very hot inside.
Their lack of sports facilities are a let-down to students wishing to participate in sports
This school is very small. It will eventually become overcrowded. Auto Shop
Freshman Academy Floor Plan Classroom The fact that students can’t see outside too easily.
The few parking spaces are right in the middle of the drop-off area, making it difficult for them to get in and out while traffic is there.
The landscape outside is not smooth, which might become a problem for some students
No actual sports facilities such as gyms, for rainy days or bad weather Not Working The use of cork on the walls
The many curves and corners in the building. It creates a learning experience for students. They also don’t get bored with the building
The closed-off storage cabinets
The close proximity to trees and nature
There is an abundance of space for each student Working Hazelwood School includes an art and music room. Art Hazelwood School does not have an athletics department, but physical activities are included every day for the students. The school houses a hydrotherapy pool for the students. Outside, students can play or socialize. Athletics Much like Gary Comer College Prep, Hazelwood School cuts down on the need for electric light by adding windows up high, letting in daylight.
Hazelwood School has also been awarded the Green Flag through their recycling programs and gardens in the school. Sustainability Classroom Interior This beautiful school blends into the landscape around it. It has a low-pitched roof, with wooden-slat walls to emulate the trees that grow in the Glasgow area. The roof is a light blue metal of some sort that looks a lit like the sky. There are many windows up high, but none closer to ground level. Exterior Floor Plan The students at Hazelwood School would not be able to drive because of their conditions. There is a very small parking lot for teachers and staff near the entrance, and a round drop-off area for students, perhaps either by parent or bus. Parking Details and Standards Students all over Glasgow are here for this specialty school. There is no specification or stereotype about the economic status of the students due to the nature of the school. Socio-Economic Profile Hazelwood School is an excellent example of building barrier free because it is a school designed for impaired students. The hallways are covered in cork, rather than handrails to allow bling students to feel around the wall to find their way. The hallways are lined with cork to help visually impaired students find their way. The building takes many twists, turns, corners, etc. but that is purposeful, to help the students learn overcome challenges in the real world
There is much storage space for needed supplies, as well as a hydrotherapy pool designed for impaired people. Building Barrier-Free Smoke alarms
Air conditioning and heating
Sprinkler/watering system for grass and trees outside Building Services This school is all on one floor, without a staircase and eliminating the need for elevators.
A hydrotherapy pool Structural Details The building is built around the trees in the area. It has a curvy shape to it. Bringing trees into the design provides a relaxing environment. Hazelwood’s plan resembles a sea horse. Ten classrooms occupy about half the space, while additional functions, such as the music room and library, fit on opposite side of the building; A gymnasium, hydrotherapy pool, and kitchen are placed into the western side of the structure, and a wedge-shaped multi-use cafeteria and entrance area sit immediately end-to-end to this group. Site Planning and Landscaping Students circulate pretty well around the school’s single, large hallway. There is a very small amount of students, so circulation is not an issue. There is more than enough room for all of them. The school only has one floor, so there are no problems with how students might move from floor to floor. Vertical and Horizontal Circulation Hazelwood uses cork on their walls, which not only looks cool, but it allows for blind students to feel the hallway walls to find their way. Nearly everything at this school has a functional priority. Form and Function In every classroom, cabinets and cubbies allow storage for supplies needed to help out disabled kids. All cabinets have doors so younger students can’t access some equipment without permission from the teacher
Wide hallways and large classrooms allow for students to roam around and remain safe, while not trampling each other Space and Utility Hazelwood School caters to students ages 2-19 with sensory impairments. Specialties Demographics Map of Neighboring Area Glasgow, Scotland Hazelwood School Hazelwood school houses 10 classrooms, each for a different topic and age group.
Each topic is for the students to learn to function and overcome their disabilities.
They are also taught math, science, reading, and social studies. Classes The interior includes white walls, wooden beams up on top, and the occasional brightly painted wall. The hallways are lined with cork to help visually impaired students find their way. The building takes many twists, turns, corners, etc. but that is purposeful, to help the students learn overcome challenges in the real world. Classrooms have windows near the ceiling to let in light, but the outside is not visible from the classroom. Interior Exterior Glasgow’s climate is considered oceanic. Winters are long and rainy, with seldom sign of the sun. Springtime is pleasant. Summers are humid, with sun and mild weather. Temperatures in the summer will reach about 66 degrees F, while in the winter 34 degrees is the norm. Climate GCCP is a charter school
Gary Comer was the founder of Land’s End clothing company. In the winter, students are provided with jackets, courtesy of Land’s End. Additional Information The lack of accommodations made for handicapped students
The small classroom spaces.
The lockers are low to the ground and in the middle of a narrow hallway, making them not as easily accessible
In the classroom, the storage is in the back of the room, where the students are. It isn’t as accessible to the teacher
Some students might get distracted by the view of the hallway. Not Working The usage of light from outside, and the way it is directed through the hallway and into classrooms.
The use of a bright, sleek exterior attracts eyes and stands out from the dreary, low-income neighborhood.
The use of the stainless steel scrim to protect the building and parking lot
The close proximity to the Youth Center, a great place for at-risk kids to go after school
Wide staircase with rails for many students to travel up and down throughout the day Working GCCP is renowned for its remarkable academic abilities. 100% of GCCP graduates last year were accepted into college, 80% of them were first-generation college students.
They offer higher-level classes meant to challenge students, and boost their thinking: mostly in Math, Science, and English. Classes Gary Comer College Prep has a drama club and a choir. Art The facilities for sports are either provided at the Gary Comer Youth Center or at nearby parks, not on campus.
GCCP competes at varsity level in the following:
Track Athletics GCCP cuts down on electricity usage for lighting because of the daylight from outside coming in, illuminating the school’s interior. Sustainability The classrooms are small, and only house about 20 students. Each classroom comes with cubbies and an 8-foot tall whiteboard. The wall facing the hallway is transparent, to ensure security and allow light. Classrooms Classroom Interior The exterior of the building is painted in a bright, eye-catching green that stands out from the rest of the neighborhood. There is a stainless steel scrim that covers one façade and extends to shield the parking lot from view. The building has a simple, rectangular shape with young trees and plants along the sidewalks. It shares a parking lot with the neighboring Gary Comer Youth Center, also painted in brights and similar structure. Exterior Exterior Most students at Gary Comer College Prep are from low-income families in the area. A majority of them are minorities below the poverty line, and GCCP’s goal is to encourage them to be able to lead a successful life, which is why this school is so important. Socio-Economic Profile Site Plan Section A-A plan Floor Plan GCCP shares a larger parking lot with the adjacent Gary Comer Youth Center. This parking lot seems to be well designed, as there is enough space for two cars on the driveway, which is enough needed to back out of a space. It is not expected to house many cars (as most students would not be able to afford one). There appears to be a smaller teacher ‘s parking lot on the opposite side of the building as well. Parking Details and Standards It is not specified whether GCCP offers elevators for handicapped people.
The staircases do offer handrails on the sides and middle.
It doesn’t look like there is much space to get around classrooms or the smaller hallways very easily. Building Barrier-Free The school and the youth center are equipped with fire alarms and smoke detectors
Air conditioners and heating are included as well
Security cameras are also installed Building Services GCCP has two large staircases
A stainless steel scrim lines the outside of the building
Transparent walls Structural Details Students circulate through hallways and through staircases. The hallways wind around the outside perimeter and one large hallway in the middle. There are two large staircases placed in the middle of the large hallway. The students circulate pretty easily through the school because of the small population of students. Vertical and Horizontal Circulation GCCP utilizes form in the fact that it is a beautiful school. The scrim out front serves at least two functions: to protect the building, and to extend to protect the parking lot. It also looks pretty cool. The way in which the second floor is detached from the window is a bit odd and not commonly seen, but it serves the purpose of allowing light on the first floor. Most schools follow function before form. This one remains simple in form, but striking anyway. Form and Function GCCP has lockers down nearly every long, narrow hallway. Each classroom has a transparent wall which lets in daylight from the curtain windows in the hallways. Each classroom is also outfitted with cubbies and 8-foot tall whiteboards. The classrooms themselves are relatively small, well suited for the student population of about 600. GCCP also includes a Space and Utility Chicago, Illinois is known for its humid continental climate. It has four distinct seasons: wet springs; hot, and often humid summers; pleasant autumns; and cold winters. 78 to 92 °F is about the hottest Chicago will get, and the coldest nights in Winter will drop below 0 °F. Chicago is often known as the Windy City because of the string winds off Lake Michigan. Climate Map of Neighboring Area Chicago, Illinois Gary Comer College Prep The interior of GCCP is mostly in sleek neutral colors. There are curtain windows to let in light and transparent walls to allow that daylight to continue from the hallways. The wallpaper in the office is decorated with the crests of prestigious colleges including Princeton and Cambridge. GCCP’s futuristic, clean interior sends a message of light and safety to the students. Interior The school shares a parking lot with the Gary Comer Youth Center, which is adjacent to the building. The site is in a rectangular lot, and there are young trees and grasses in planters lining the sidewalk. Site Planning and Landscaping A core classes of English, literature, math, science and social studies for all students
Academic clubs, depending on student and staff interest
Summer college programs around the country
Enrichment courses (in academic subjects outside of core academics) after school and on weekends Specialties Gary Comer college prep has a population of 96% African-American, 4% Hispanic. Demographics Classroom Interior Exterior Classroom Interior Exterior Pictures INTERIOR CLASSROOM EXTERIOR End of Presentation Thank you. Have a nice day. U.S. Schools They have several gyms for athletics and medical examinations for all athletes participating in said athletics. They must be present for 50% of the club/athletics. ATHLETICS Lack of plant life
Lack of decorations on the inside
Exterior is the same (no differences or eye catchers)
Lack of interesting theme
Exterior is really bland and dull color wise Not Working The campus is well cut/clean.
There are no out of place designs
There are clear paths to move around the campus
The interior is professional
The large windows add light and also make the outside seem open. Working Parking They have fire drills in every building. The fire drills are tested regularly before and after a school. They have a specific map for the students on exactly what to do in case of an emergency. Building Services Not a lot of plants except for certain concrete free areas with a small square of grass an a tree. Site Planning and Landscaping Function: The building serves the purpose of a building designed to hold a lot of children but the buildings also function as shade. Roof tops spread across walkways from building to building to provide shelter.
Form: Interior is large and open, windows are large to give the rooms an open feeling. Exterior has a theme of rectangles, some buildings stretching across open air to reach another building Form and function Cedar Ridge High school specializes in band and music Specialization Climate:
Round Rock, TX, gets 36 inches of rain per year. On average, there are 232 sunny days per year in Round Rock, TX. The July high is around 96 degrees. The January low is 36.
Cedar Ridge High School is located in dirt area, with lot’s of space around it. While there are roads and houses nearby, it is not in a heavy city area. Climate and the Environment around the School
Cedar Ridge High School A Map of the Area around the School Floor plans Barrier Free The school is two stories high, so stairs are located in every building to get up and down with ease. There are two stair cases outside and a few staircases on the inside of the building. Structural Details Vertical: the have stairs located at every end of the building and inside as well.
Horizontal: The campus is open with walkways throughout. Students can easily walk from building to building Vertical andHorizontal Circulation Leisure Areas Enhancing Space and Utility Climatic solar shading
receive natural daylight
Decreases the storm water runoff from the roofs
Natural ventilation Sustainability Cedar Ridge High School Round Rock, Texas Pictures Demographics They have huge open fields that are used for all types of sports. ATHLETICS Floorplan Open to the elements
Buildings too far apart
Lack of cover
Too much tile
Lack of harmony between the buildings Not Working A lot of trees/plants
Strong colors inside
The colors are themed, so there are no out of place colors
Lots of windows add light and a clean look to the school
The campus is wide and open Working Connected by boardwalks
the buildings nestle into the trees and sloping topography
while their orientation maximizes daylighting. Sustainability Parking So far, the school has been met with excitement. Graduation rates district-wide have improved, from 50 percent in 2007 to a projected 89 percent in 2011. Still, some challenges remain. Vital pointed out the difficulty in creating a sense of school-wide community when students are physically segregated. But for the most part, says Nyland, “The comments from the community truly reflect what we wanted to build”—a family atmosphere. “Now principals can put time and attention into building relationships and instruction. The buildings didn't make that happen…” He corrects himself: “But, they did.” Socio-Economic Wide doors and ramps. Barrier Free Fire drills in all building. Educational drills ocassionally. Building Services The school is all one story, but stairs with a slight incline Structural Details Surrounded by a forest, nature is built into the campus itself. Site Planning and Landscaping Vertical: Very small incline on the stairs. School has only one story so there is no vertical circulation
Horizontal: There are paths between the buildings linking them together. The open paths have many entrances to and from the buildings. Vertical and Horizontal Circulation Vibrant Colors, plenty of plant life Enhancing Space and Utility
Marysville Getchell High School Campus Spatial configuration, graphics, furnishings and a layout Specialization
Marysville Getchell High School Campus Demographics Climate:
Seattle, WA, gets 36 inches of rain per year. On average, there are 152 sunny days per year in Seattle, WA. The July high is around 75 degrees. The January low is 37.
Marysville Getchell High School Campus is located at the edge of a small forest. The trees and plant life edge their way into the school. The school has city on one side and a forest on the other. Climate and the Environment around the School
Marysville Getchell High School Campus Marysville Getchell High School Campus Function: The building serves its purpose. It holds excess weight well and there are no extra designs.
Form: The school uses a kind of nature themed form. Squares are used often and the building has large windows and is spread apart. Form and function A Map of the Area around the School Marysville, Washington Pictures Lack of plant life
Interior has very little color
Layout of the school seems pushed in
Mostly bare walls internally
Navigation can become confusing 5 things that aren’t working The curves in the architecture itself
The nice metallic color of the exterior
The overall clean look of the school
The whole campus Is organized and simple
Wide hallways 5 things that are working They recycle
They use recyclable trays Sustainable Information Parking Winner of the prestigious Sterling Prize in 2011, Davis Langdon, an AECOM company, worked closely with the client and architect, Zaha Hadid, to ensure the academy met the needs of its diverse student population.
It is designed to encourage social communication and help facilitate a new planned school configuration. It will be one of the first schools to deliver an innovative learning structure that will feature longer days to allow for sports and music. Socio-Economic Profile: Due to a heavy crime rate in this part of London, some teachers actually take the children away from the class to work on the psychological side to them. Since many of the kids who come there have witnessed disturbing events and are taken out of the normal classrooms to more slow ones to help them out. Barrier Free Fire drills and a map for an emergency. Building Services The school is squished together. Most outdoor things are taken place inside and there are very little outdoor moving. Structural Details In the middle of a city. No plant life. Site Planning and Landscaping Vertical: Stairs are located in almost every area. The stairs go up all 4 floors.
Horizontal: Since the school is so tightly packed, there isn’t much room for horizontal circulation. The main circulation is in the wide hallways between classrooms. Vertical and Horizontal Circulation Function: mostly everything is there that needs to be there. There are weight supports where there needs to be and no excess concrete.
Form: Over all theme seems to be strong angles and edges. Concrete is used heavily and color is added where it may be necessary (places with a lot of people) Form and Function Wide hallways, large lockers Enhancing Space and Utility Engineering! Specialization Demographics Evelyn Grace Academy All the gyms/ sports and clubs are held inside and aren’t open due to the threat of gangs. Athletics Climate:
The climate of London is temperate, with modest daily high temperatures during summer and winter lows that seldom fall below freezing. Rainfall is fairly regular, but most often in the form of drizzle, occurring throughout the year. Snow occurs sometimes in winter but rarely settles more than a few millimeters deep.
Basic environment around Evelyn Grace Academy is city. The school is located in South London and in the middle of the city. There’s little room for expansion and even less for any sort of plant life. Climate and the Environment around the School A Map of the Area around the School London, England The building is still mostly bare
Its color scheme is boring with orange and gray
School isn't very handicapped friendly
Too many windows might let people see in too much
A lot of walking up and down Not Working Recognized by Newsweek as one of the nation's top high schools
Awarded a Gold Medal by U.S. News as one of the top high schools in the country and 6th Best in Connecticut in 2012. Additional Information The large amount of windows on the building's side makes the school look nice
The spiral staircase on the added building is an interesting addition
There is a lot of greenery outside of the school
The nameplate is a nice to see
The more vertical building allows room for the sports fields and adequate parking Working AP test participation rate is 64%
Test scores from Hall are high and classes past sophomore year offer choices for core classes such as English and Math Dealing with... Classes Hall High encourages students to take visual arts, theatre, and music classes Dealing with... Art The school offers various sports programs including football, basketball, cross country, cheerleading, swim and dive, lacrosse, etc. Dealing with... Athletics Recently, the students and teachers have built a school garden to promote sustainability and brings the community together Sustainable Information Classroom Exterior Floor Plan There is parking along the sides of the building, and also two large parking areas beside the school's sports fields Parking Details There aren't many indications that the school is very accesable to handicapped people Building Barrier Free The corridors' circulation were improved during the remodel
Fire alarms are on every floor throughout the school Building Services The added building contains a spiral staircase leading up to the third floor
Large windows face outwards to the town
Classes are organized into various wings Structural Details The school is built in the center of a suburban area which allows room for a lot of greenery in the surrounding area Site Planning and Landscape Hall is mostly vertical, being contained in a single building, and there are many staircases throughout the school Vertical and Horizontal Circulation To accommodate for more students, they have expanded and added an additional three story addition to the school Space and Utility The school has no real specialties instead “preparing all students to be educated, responsible citizens who contribute collaboratively, independently, and innovatively to a dynamic global community. Specialties West Hartford is a suburb of Hartford
The median income of the town is $80,000
The racial makeup of the town is 79.6% White, 6.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 7.4% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.8% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Demographics Can go from 80 degrees in the summer to under 20 in the winter
Generally more precipitous than the rest of the U.S. with around 115 rainy days a year Climate Map of the Area Interior Most of the student in the area come from upper-middle class and richer families than most Socio-Economic Profile The original building was large and brooding, but made good use of space
The addition to the building also included adding more large windows to the school Form and Function West Hartford, Connecticut William H. Hall High School