School Planning & Management

JAN 2013

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NEWS & VIEWS { FACILITIES | SECURITY | TECHNOLOGY | BUSINESS } Ask theExpert Renovation begins for Orlando high school This Month Wallcoverings HOW CAN WE RENOVATE A CLASSROOM WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT EXPENSE? >> C.T. Hsu + Associates announced that construction has begun on the Dr. Phillips High School campus renovation and expansion project for Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) located in the Dr. Phillips area of Orlando. The work will include a new two-story classroom building and a new visual and performing arts addition to the existing theater building that incorporates a black box theater and labs for dance, graphic arts, digital recording studios and music. The renovated campus will also include renovations to the administration and gym buildings, as well as enhancements to the onsite vehicular and pedestrian traffic patterns. Construction will be completed in phases, and the project is anticipated to be complete in 2015. Extreme library makeover at Florida elementary school COURTESY OF SIKON CONSTRUCTION Deerfield Beach-based SIKON Construction, partnering with Target Corporation, Heart of America Foundation and Miami-Dade Public School Board, completed the 2012 Extreme Library Makeover at Coral Terrace Elementary School located in Miami, Fla. As the fifth local project in which SIKON has teamed with Target and Heart of America to transform school libraries into vibrant learning centers, the partnership has provided over $1.85 million in library renovations and take-home books to schools in underserved communities. Ohio high school wins energy award CCG Energy Solutions, Inc. was awarded the Energy Project of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for an energy conservation project completed at the Twinsburg High School and Sports Complex in Twinsburg, Ohio. This award recognizes accomplishments in the energy industry, and was presented at AEE's 35th Anniversary Gala Banquet in SCHOOLS THAT WE HAVE WORKED WITH have had tremendous success refreshing their spaces by transforming their old chalkboards into clean, bright dry-erase boards. Resurfaced chalkboards are one of the most flexible, costefficient dry-erase surfaces on the market. These solutions can be applied right over a school's existing blackboards, eliminating the hassle of taking down the old boards and keeping them out of the local landfill. Usually, a single coat transforms those old boards — and any other smooth surface — into a canvas for innovation and collaboration. There is a great deal of "buzz" about collaborative learning spaces. There is an easy way to create these spaces in our schools. The introduction of resurfaced chalkboards into classrooms is simple, brightens and energizes tired spaces, and creates environments in which students can't wait to participate. It's fun to create and collaborate when you have a clean, white space and colorful markers and, because these resurfaced chalkboards erase cleanly every time, it is easy for groups of students (and teachers) to visually iterate and evolve their ideas. The elimination of chalk and chalk dust makes them safer for students with allergies and asthma as well. There's no need to stop at the chalkboards! There are no seams, borders or size restrictions, so schools can apply this same type of solution to tabletops, desktops, columns, stairwells and more. These solutions are available in a number of colors, including clear, which allows you to create spaces for creativity and collaboration while maintaining a colorful interior. Some products are ready to go with a single coat and are LEED compliant. Rethink your space and get creative! >> Patrick Glynn is Product manager of Paints & Coatings for MDC. He can be reached at pglynn@mdcwall.com. { CONT. ON PAGE 6 } JANUARY 2013 / SCHOOL PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 3

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