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The University of Toledo: A Before-and-After Look

Continental Office

BY Continental Office /

The University of Toledo had a very long hallway in their College of Engineering, with very blank walls. Not only was the hall used by current students for studying and socializing, but it was a primary avenue for prospective students visiting the school. The school wanted to use branding as a recruitment tool, and allow students to learn about the different concentrations available to study at the college.

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Topics: Branding, Learning Spaces

The K-12 Facility Master Planning Process is Critical to Our Future Success

Kyle Sellers

BY Kyle Sellers /

They say children are our future.

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Topics: All Areas, Learning Spaces

How Successful Schools Create Space for Gen Z

Mark White

BY Mark White /

As I travel around the country talking with educators about learning space redesign, I hear of some schools successfully transitioning into 21st century learning spaces while others are struggling. In the successful schools the educators are seeing positive results in the new spaces; in the other schools the educators are becoming frustrated. In some cases they are even facing opposition. So I began to ask myself, “What are the common points I’m seeing in the schools that are successful? What do educators need to know to accomplish this shift?” Here are some answers.

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Topics: Furniture, Learning Spaces

How Ergonomic Furniture Inspires Active Learning

Alex Forrester

BY Alex Forrester /

Active learning is described as a “teaching method that strives to more directly involve students in the learning process.” This is contrasted with passive learning, in which students simply sit and listen to a teacher speak, or watch some sort of presentation or video. There is a place for passive learning, but more and more teachers are experimenting with active learning to boost their students’ educational attainment.

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Topics: Furniture, Learning Spaces

Marburn Academy: Paving the Way for Intentional Learning Spaces

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BY Continental Office /

Marburn Academy is an independent day school and a visionary leader in the education of bright students with learning differences, such as dyslexia and attention difficulties. Their conviction is that every child is capable of succeeding. For the past 30 years, Marburn resided in a former elementary school in the Northland area of Columbus, Ohio. For the past decade, this space was overcrowded and cramped, with a configuration that was less than ideal for a learning environment.

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Topics: All Areas, Learning Spaces

The Rise of the Generation Z Classroom

Lisa Welch

BY Lisa Welch /

Today’s children are born with a tweet. Generation Z has technology in hand from their earliest memories and they grow up and learn in a world unlike any experienced by generations before them. Writing is becoming obsolete. Colors are becoming essential for concentration. Learning through peers is becoming necessary for information retention. So how do teachers teach to this rising Gen Z classroom? Focusing on space is a good place to start.

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Topics: Furniture, Learning Spaces

Get Schooled in Higher Education Classroom Design Trends

Lisa Welch

BY Lisa Welch /

The college classroom of yesterday is history.

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Topics: Furniture, Learning Spaces

Are You Ready for Today's Classroom?

Rachel Iannarino

BY Rachel Iannarino /

What makes the 21st century classroom so very different than the conventional style classroom we likely grew up with?

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Topics: Furniture, Learning Spaces

Great Spaces Magazine - Fall/Winter 2018

FEATURED AUTHORS

Amber Konkoli

AMBER KONKOLI

CREATIVE DESIGN DIRECTOR
Cindy Eastep

CINDY EASTEP

DIRECTOR, WAREHOUSING SERVICES & SAFETY
Dustin Francis

DUSTIN FRANCIS

DIRECTOR, CONCRETE FINISHES
Marty Davis

MARTY DAVIS

GRAPHIC DESIGN DIRECTOR
Michael Sharp

MICHAEL SHARP

VP, SALES
Nannette Maciejunes

NANNETTE MACIEJUNES

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, COLUMBUS MUSEUM OF ART
Pam Blair

PAM BLAIR

EVP, HUMAN RESOURCES
Rich Oliver

RICH OLIVER

SVP, SALES
Scott Bartlett

SCOTT BARTLETT

VP, FLOOR MAINTENANCE GROUP
Sue Zazon

SUE ZAZON

REGIONAL PRESIDENT, HUNTINGTON BANK