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Strategy includes translating educational goals and needs into effective and workable planning tools to assist both educators and architects in realizing these goals with accuracy and efficiency. By facilitating an inclusive process that intertwines educational goals with architectural solutions, BrainSpaces provides clients with educational facility planning documents, which serve as a road-map for the architectural team throughout the design and construction process.
The process and services required to serve each client and each project vary widely and are tailored for each new venture. Accuracy, efficiency and consensus are achieved through a combination of interactive work sessions, tours & virtual tours, research, surveys, interviews, individual and group conferences and discussions. Existing guidelines and standards also vary and are referenced and incorporated as required.
Pre-Design & Educational Facility Planning services include:
Visioning & Group Facilitation
Organizational Strategy Diagrams
Research & Best-Practices
Translating Curriculum needs into facility organization strategies
Use options & strategies for existing facilities
Assisting with selection of Architect and other consultants
Developing web-based project communication (web, blog, wiki, etc.)
Examples of Project Websites & Wikis:
Design Phase services ensure continuity and include:
Assistance with Schematic Design
Peer review of design team
Assistance with FF&E
Assistance with finishes, materials and color selection
Assistance with Artist selection
Assistance with Groundbreaking Ceremony
Diagnostic Services include Existing Facility Assessments for:
Capacity & Utilization Assessments
Equity among/between Facilities
Compliance with local, state, or national School Planning Guidelines
Compliance with Educational Specifications
Post Construction services include:
Educational Use Commissioning
Facility “User Guides”
Updated: July 2015
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School Design Charette Team
Seated: Steve Crane, FAIA, VCBO Architecture, and Amy Yurko, AIA, BrainSpaces. Standing: Ellis Kaufman, director of small learning communities, Facilities Services Division, LAUSD; John Nichols, AIA, Principal, HMC Architects; Guy Mehula, chief facilities executive, LAUSD; Edwin J. Van Ginkel, senior development manager, Facilities Services Division, LAUSD.
Photo © Bryan Becker.
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