This article discusses how the changes in school furniture design are actually helping schools in many ways. School administrators and designers are able to move furniture around the classrooms based on ever changing curriculum needs instead of having to discard and re-buy furniture. Buying moveable furniture provides the school the ability to offer more flexibility in school classroom design
School Furniture On The Move
by Michael Fickes
Is built-in school furniture becoming a thing of the past?
As the interior designer worked her way down the furniture punch list at the then new Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, Kan., she marveled at all the furniture moving through the halls. The school was preparing to open (in September of 2003) and the district’s facilities department was swapping furniture among rooms to get ready.
The custodial staff was moving desks, chairs, and storage cabinets out of a classroom and carting it off. Other workers were carrying lightweight conference tables and a wheeling a custom-made console with electrical and data connections into the room.
The school had just inked an agreement to offer students a distance-learning language lab through a university two hours away. Fortunately, the school’s flexible furniture design made it possible to design and build a distance learning language lab in a couple hours.
“They didn’t have to hire anyone to come in and rip stuff out of the wall; they just moved it,” says the designer, Pegge Breneman, IIDA, who heads up the interior design department at the Hollis & Miller Group, an architectural firm in Overland Park, Kan.
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