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Govalle Elementary School Achieves LEED Silver Certification & AEGB 4-star rating

The Austin ISD’s new Govalle Elementary School achieved the LEED Silver certification and was awarded a 4-star rating from Austin Energy Green Building. AEGB developed the first rating system in the U.S. for evaluating the sustainability of buildings and inspiring many cities to follow. Located on the east side of Austin and surrounded by single-story …

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NATIONS #1 EDUCATION DESIGN FIRM RE-BRANDS CALIFORNIA OPERATIONS

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA – PBK announces that its award-winning teams from SIM-PBK in Fresno and PBK-WLC in Rancho Cucamonga, Berkeley, and Folsom will join its other regional offices across the United States, under the PBK brand. “This is a proud moment for all of us on the heels of our 40th Anniversary,” said Dan Boggio, Executive …

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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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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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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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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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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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A New Normal: Trends and Applications for Promoting Wellness

By: Richard Chi, Co-CEO Modern infrastructure was not properly equipped to respond to the unpredictable onslaught of COVID-19. Nevertheless, educators, administrators and communities have shown incredible resolve in response to the pandemic and continue to adapt to evolving standards, policies and expectations. We would be remiss to claim a universal solution for reopening schools at …

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