Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

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Facility of the week

Escola Secundaria Rodrigues de Freitas, Conservatorio de Musica do Porto, Porto, Portugal

The aim of this project was to modernise and conserve this classified emblematic building in Porto, formerly the Rodrigues de Freitas Lyceum. The original school was constructed in the classical style in reinforced concrete in the 1930s. It was one of the first secondary schools constructed in Porto and is frequently used by the local community.

Special attention was given to improving the acoustic performance of the auditoria, orchestra rooms, etc. The project also sought to modernise and adapt the school to new pedadogical methods; and improve its environmental and energy performance.

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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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