Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

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Facility of the week

Scotch College, Science, Design and Technology Building, Swanbourne, WA, Australia

The main objective of the project was to create a facility that is at the forefront of learning and technology, and which also serves as a learning tool for students, especially concerning sustainability. It was imperative to portray to the wider community the College’s aspirations and standing as an academy of exceptional quality. It was also important for the design and materials to complement those already existing, in addition to the concept of transparency. Thus, a contemporary structure of glass, steel, masonry and concrete was developed. Various types of glazing were used to create transparency. In addition, steel structure, metal roofing and cladding – materials that were introduced more recently on the campus - were used. The design incorporates a series of bi-fold doors to convert general learning areas into “house meeting areas”. Structural elements and core building materials and services are exposed to serve as educational tools, for example there are digital screens displaying the building's energy usage in the entry foyer for students to monitor. Natural light and space dominate the internal design, which incorporates a range of ESD initiatives, including energy (e.g. roof-mounted solar panels provide heating for the adjacent swimming pool) and water efficiency (e.g. rain water harvesting). Materials have high recyclable content, and photovoltaic cells provide external walkway lighting. High levels of internal glazing between classrooms and into corridors provides passive supervision to reduce bullying, and there are external self-locking doors, with a full security alarm system.
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About this database

The OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) launched the “Database of Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investment” on 29 September 2011. It seeks to inform the planning, design, construction, management and evaluation of educational spaces, combining resources for strategic investment in educational infrastructure, with exemplary school and university facilities from all over the world.

Drawing on the output of a joint CELE/European Investment Bank project on “Strategic Investment Planning for Educational Infrastructure” and more than 60 exemplary schools and universities featured in CELE’s flagship publication, “Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011”, this database is a unique international resource for educators, designers, policymakers and researchers alike.

Users of the database are encouraged to add their own resource material, or submit new completed university or school projects for publication on the database. OECD and EIB welcome your input to our project!

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