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Yesterday's Office Buildings are the Schools of Tomorrow


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As people increasingly populate urban areas, schools are facing overcrowding with little affordable real estate available for expansion. This, coupled with the jarring fact that more than 16 percent of office space in the U.S. is vacant, has led schools to get creative, looking to vacant office buildings to house students.

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Yesterday's Office Buildings are the Schools of Tomorrow

  1. 1. Yesterday’s Office Buildings are the Schools of Tomorrow
  2. 2. Millennials are growing up. Average age = 18 to 33 years old Source: Pew Research Center
  3. 3. Millennials are starting families.
  4. 4. 10.8 Million The number of U.S. households with adults between the ages of 25 and 34 who have children. Source: Millennial Marketing
  5. 5. These young families are populating urban areas.
  6. 6. 77% of Millennials want to live in an urban environment. Source:
  7. 7. Urban schools are unprepared for the population influx.
  8. 8. of public schools in the U.S. have portable (temporary) buildings, which are often used to combat overcrowding. 33% Source: The Institute of Education Sciences
  9. 9. School systems are looking for a solution
  10. 10. Theyneedmorespace...
  11. 11. ...Not this kind of space
  12. 12. THIS kind of space
  13. 13. But empty sites in urban areas are expensive and difficult to find.
  14. 14. …Meanwhile, available office space is on the rise.
  15. 15. of office space in the U.S. is vacant. 16.7% Source: Reuters
  16. 16. 609,935,701 sf of office space was vacant in the fourth quarter of 2014. Source: Jones Lang LaSalle
  17. 17. …Meanwhile office space is more available than ever. Owners of office buildings can wait for traditional tenants to return...
  18. 18. ...or look to new uses for their buildings.
  19. 19. …The answer?
  20. 20. Adaptive Reuse.
  21. 21. n. [uh-dap-tiv ree yoos] 1. the process of reusing an old site or building for a purpose other than which it was built or designed. Adaptive Reuse
  22. 22. Why does it work?
  23. 23. Why does it work? It’s sustainable.
  24. 24. Why does it work? It’s sustainable. It’s efficient.
  25. 25. Why does it work? It’s sustainable. It’s efficient. It makes economic sense.
  26. 26. Clearly, vacant office buildings are not too cool for school.
  27. 27. Take the New North Atlanta High School...
  28. 28. The North Atlanta School System needed more space but struggled to find available land.
  29. 29. A former IBM campus proved to be the perfect solution. 942 Car Parking Deck 380,000 sf Office Building Built in 1977
  30. 30. It all added up. High School Space Needed*= 300,000 sf IBM Office Building = 380,000 sf *Per original program requirements
  31. 31. North Atlanta’s new vertical school can accommodate 2,350 students.
  32. 32. Just like office workers, students take destination elevators to class.
  33. 33. But just like other high schools, floors used by the same grades are separated by stairs.
  34. 34. Classrooms look like any other high school but with better views.
  35. 35. Graphics and colors help students and teachers navigate the facility.
  36. 36. Source: School Construction News The architects at Cooper Carry believe that the new North Atlanta High School is an example of the beginning of the future in adaptive reuse projects for public education buildings. — Audrey Arthur School Construction News
  37. 37. In Fairfax County, Virginia, school officials faced similar challenges.
  38. 38. Nearly half of Bailey’s Elementary School students were housed in trailers.
  39. 39. Once again, a vacant office building provided the ideal solution.
  40. 40. The new mid-rise elementary school provides students with all sorts of bells and whistles...
  41. 41. A theater space with stadium seating takes advantage of the existing structure’s verticality.
  42. 42. Classrooms provide students with light- filled learning environments.
  43. 43. Classrooms provide students with light- filled learning environments. ... and incredible views!
  44. 44. Learning communities contain flexible spaces for collaboration and interaction.
  45. 45. Bright colors for minds and bright futures!
  46. 46. Source: The Washington Post “As we continue to be a fast-growing school system and property becomes harder to come by, we will have to think differently about school design. Vertical buildings will be part of our plan throughout the county.” — Karen Garza Superintendent, Fairfax County Public Schools
  47. 47. With Cooper Carry’s help, Fairfax County Public Schools turned a vacant Class B office building into an A+ school.
  48. 48. Interested in learning more?
  49. 49. We’re happy to talk through solutions for your school or office.
  50. 50. Give us a call. Lauren Perry Ford, AIA, LEED AP 703-519-6152 Jerry Cooper, FAIA, LEED AP 404-240-9501 Bob Just, AIA, LEED AP 678-539-4650
  51. 51. We want to hear from you! Please like, share, and comment on this presentation.
  52. 52. Pew Research Center | adulthood/ Millennial Marketing | millennial-generation-becomes-parents/ | The Institute of Education Sciences | Reuters | idUSL3N0UK37W20150105 Jones Lang LaSalle | Office-Statistics-Q4-2014-JLL.pdf?e617f4b8-1f21-4418-83ac-fe372972fcbc School Construction News | massive-adaptive-reuse-project-transforms-atlanta-schools The Washington Post | some-fairfax-county-students-head-to-class-in-a-baileys-crossroads-office- building/2014/09/02/9e939086-32b2-11e4-9e92-0899b306bbea_story.html Data Sources