Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

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Facility of the week

Escuela Josefina Gana de Johnson and Escuela Básica Miguel Cruchaga Tocornal, Comuna de Puente Alto, Región Metropolitana de Santiago, Chile

School Josefina Gana de Johnson (for girls) and Miguel Cruchaga (for boys) are twin buildings located on the same campus. The objective of the project was to create an inclusive open campus with areas for circulation, small yards and streets where students can meet and share with their teachers, and which are open to the needs of the education community and their families. The idea of open spaces is central to the school’s philosophy because the schools are surrounded by a rural landscape and an open horizon - and there is no student selection: all can be accepted. In turn, classrooms are large, well illuminated and well ventilated.

The original infrastructure dates from the 1940s. The new infrastructure has 3 floors - the lower floors are for first and second year students, the second floor for students in grades 3 to 5, and the third floor from 6th to 8th grade- , with a dynamic and asymmetric looking volume that is original and contemporary. Each building includes classrooms, sports zones and large areas for recreation. At the centre of each building, there is a courtyard and square with different levels and ramps that lead to an arbor structure on the roof, which provides movement and lightness. The idea was to provide students with many paths around the school to view and discover the surrounding mountains and landscapes.

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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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