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Sticky Space: The Glue that Holds Your Academic Building Together

Up to 66% of learning for today’s college students takes place outside the classroom, according to a recent study from the University of Central Florida. “Sticky” spaces, places which attract students and encourage them to stay and collaborate and/or work individually, provide the venue for much of this learning. Recent GFF Education Blog posts have…

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Reducing Annual Operating Costs Through Good Design

Lucas Christian Academy Capital projects on school campuses face a significant challenge in accomplishing as much as possible with limited resources, but construction dollars represent only a small fraction of the total expenditures over the life cycle of a new school building. While cost of construction is certainly an important consideration, long-term building owners and…
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Is a Flexible Classroom Right for You?

In last month’s post my colleague Jon Rollins discussed some of the considerations at the intersection of space planning, room utilization and building programming.  In this post, we will look at an individual learning space and a few simple, but often overlooked, steps to maximize its use.  The flexible classroom is often considered a space…

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Quality vs. Quantity in Campus Space Planning

One of the most common client comments we hear in our campus planning practice is “there’s not enough space for ___”. While there may be legitimate deficits in certain types of campus space (more on that later), what we frequently discover though interviews and analysis is that it is not the amount of space that’s…

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St. Mark’s School of Texas Winn Science Center Dedication Ceremony

St. Mark’s School of Texas celebrates the dedication of the new 56,000 square foot Winn Science Center. The new building provides a Maker Lab and Shop, Digital Technology Lab, Robotics Lab and Greenhouse along with labs for Chemistry, Biology, DNA and Environmental Science. The Science Center also includes a 250-seat auditorium and a 100-seat planetarium,…

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GFF Welcomes Doug Neri as Director of Education Practice

Please join us in welcoming Doug Neri as GFF’s Director of Education Practice. Doug joins GFF from Stantec and Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York, a firm that GFF has recently enjoyed collaborating with on the Winn Science Center at St. Mark’s School of Texas. Graduating from the University of Houston in 2003, Doug…

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GFF Receives Two AIA Dallas 2018 Built Design Awards

  “GFF is honored to be awarded by AIA Dallas with design awards for our Factory Six03 and Hockaday Centennial Center projects.  It is rewarding to be acknowledged among all the excellent work being produced by Dallas’ architects. This year’s jury made note of how much Dallas has reinvested in the city center and creating…

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Robert Carr Chapel at TCU Receives a Preservation Project Award

written by Jon Rollins On September 13, 2018, the Board of Historic Fort Worth, Inc. presented a Preservation Project Award to GFF for  the renovation of the Robert Carr Chapel at Texas Christian University. The design team was charged with three primary goals:  increased usability and flexibility, improved accessibility, and updated aesthetics. The chancel platform…

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TCU Carr Chapel

The Robert Carr Chapel at Texas Christian University is a popular wedding venue, but the beautiful Georgian space is also used for worship services, memorials, concerts and Greek organization initiations. Utilized by a variety of on- and off-campus stakeholders for a wide variety of events with diverse requirements, the chapel was in need of major…

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The Hockaday School Center for the Arts

“This wonderful Center is not only a culmination of a century of the arts at Hockaday, but also a pathway into the future of the arts in the 21st Century.” – Liza Lee Eugene McDermott Headmistress In early October, The Hockaday School celebrated the recent completion of the comprehensive reconstruction and addition to their facilities…

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February Featured Project: Lakewood Elementary

Lakewood Elementary School is known for academic excellence, strong neighborhood relationships and enthusiastic parent support. Dedicated in 1952, the original school building provides approximately 45,000 square feet, but today more than half of the learning spaces are located in deteriorating modular and portable buildings, and outstanding art and music programs are taught in small and…

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A Campus for the Future

Rapidly expanding knowledge, faster communication with an increasingly wide audience, and evolving societal and learning needs will require that the twenty-first century school and university campus be more open, more flexible and more technology-enabled than ever before. One pedagogical trend driving this evolution in learning spaces is the shift from passive delivery to active learning…