Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

Amalie Skram Upper secondary school, Bergen, Norway

Exemplary design categories: community use and involvement, flexible learning settings, library/media/resource centre, science laboratories, sporting facilities, technology rich

How the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
Amalie Skram Upper secondary school with almost 30,000 square metres (including public swimming arena), 1,000 students and 140 employees is one of Bergen’s largest Upper secondary schools. The school is a merger of city schools Bergen Handelsgymnasium, Bjørgvin Upper secondary school and Tanks Upper secondary school, and offers education and training in general studies and offers a broad spectrum of programmes.

The layered design for the new building is simple but effective, clustering the various elements of the school in a compact, flexible building. Learning spaces are variable, transparent, and flexible, providing opportunities for different learning styles and pedagogical methods.

Technology rich, all classrooms and auditoriums are equipped with two projectors that can display same or different images. The projectors receive video signals wirelessly using Apple TV technology or from teaching room desktops or through the HDMI connection. Both teachers and students can transfer screen images wirelessly. One of the projectors provide a digital, interactive whiteboard using solutions from eBeam. In addition, projectors are controlled from an iPad which is permanently installed on the wall; there is no need for separate remotes. All screens can be duplicated to many classrooms when needed.

Ten classrooms have movie camera for streaming teachers and a digital board. Streaming allows for real-time two-way distance learning so that students in diverse classrooms in different schools can follow the same teaching session. Streaming is also available in a lesson library so students can go through the lessons whenever they wish.

Teaching rooms are equipped with exceptionally large whiteboards. These are 30 cm higher than normal boards and are made as long as possible. Whiteboard are used as canvas for projectors, and thus as analog or digital writing surface.

Group rooms are equipped with large televisions with wireless image transfer using AppleTV or HDMI cable.

Involvement of users and the local community in the planning and design process:
Management staff and teachers were highly involved in the developing of the room, and function program, and in setting the criteria for the new school. The project group was composed by representatives from the three schools which were merged, consisting of management staff, teachers and the county municipality administration. The Hordaland county municipality had contact with architects in the design process of the school.

Activity Areas: Auditorium, fitness studio, sports hall, administration and service facilities, canteen, restaurant, coffee bar , public swimming arena.

Project costs: NOK 1,000,000,000.00

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