Day: November 2, 2021

Alief Center for Advanced Careers Empowering Students, Enhancing a Community & Elevating the Future

By: Melissa Turnbaugh, Principal Today’s economic reality demands skilled, workforce ready employees. Many key industries, like manufacturing, technology, and healthcare, are experiencing significant workforce shortages and workforce needs constantly change with advancements in technology. As a result of this rapidly evolving landscape, it is realistic to say that students entering grade school today will work in …

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Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment: Designing Functional Learning Environments that Support Student Engagement

By: Joaquin Abrego, RID, LEED ID+C, Designer – Interiors & Emilee Keith, RID, Associate Principal – Interiors Today’s schools should function not only as spaces that house learning but also as tools that enhance the learner experience. Much attention has been given to the effects of positive learning environments in terms of lighting, climate, sustainability and other features …

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Construction Services – A Renewed Set of Eyes for Architects

By: Hannah Hayes, Director of Construction Services – Texas Architecture and construction are continually intertwined. Because of this, PBK’s Construction Services department is designed to be an additional set of eyes and ears on the jobsite. Merging expertise in design and construction, this division’s primary responsibility is to ensure that projects are constructed in accordance …

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Ready to Return? Campus Assessments Prepare California Schools to Reopen Safely

By: Gary Gery, Partner For months now, the dilemma of whether the threat of the novel coronavirus outweighs the setbacks many are experiencing with remote learning has been difficult to reconcile. Overall, most districts are providing students with the option to return to in-person learning this fall and in preparation, have implemented extensive protocols for …

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Thinking Outside the Classroom

By: Melissa Turnbaugh, Principal & Rebecca Luman, P.E., LEED, AP BD+C, Healthy Tweaks LLC Technology continues to redefine the educational experience; nature is the constant. Today’s learners are increasingly engaging with digital platforms, particularly in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, this increased screen time comes with a risk.  In 2020, educators and students reported …

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