Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

Seven Fountains School, Kokstad, South Africa

Exemplary design categories: community use and involvement, cost efficiency, green school

How the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
This new school demonstrates the benefits of community involvement from the planning stage of the project. Local people were fully involved in the design and construction of the school, and now make use of the facilities outside of school hours. There is a strong sense of community ownership, with high demand for places and no theft or vandalism of the property. Many of the design elements, such as the circular buildings and thatched roofs, reflect the local architecture. There are a variety of spaces for teaching and learning. Many classrooms have mezzanine or loft areas that provide breakaway spaces for creative teaching and for project work. The final plans incorporate several features - such as sensors that measure room temperatures, light levels and energy consumption - that reduce the environmental impact of the school, which are implemented for little or no extra cost.

Activity Areas: 21 general classrooms, library, amphitheatre, courtyard, 3 multipurpose rooms, administration building, staffroom, computer room, 3 ablution blocks, kitchen, 4 staff cottages, security kiosk, caretaker's workshop, tuckshop, food gardens, sports fields and art room

Project costs: RSA 13,200,000.00

Source: "Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011"

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