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Building to Our Beliefs: How an Alternative School Facility Can Embody Shared Values

Track: 01: Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds: Well-being in the School Environment
Format: How-to Workshops
Full Description: This session will explore the innovative, thoughtful and inclusive design process employed by a school district outside Pittsburgh, PA in pursuing a healthy and high-performing building project. This process brought to the surface the shared values of the school community, which were collectively structured into a set of guiding principles. Development of these guiding principles helped advisory teams and end-users filter through massive amounts of information, multiple design options and conceptual educational models and make decisions that are in the best interest of the community. Guiding principles are a powerful tool for capturing the heart of the community, and an effective approach for self-reflection and introspection: what makes us different? What do we really care about? How can we best support our students, our community? This session will unpack the many unique features of Chartiers Valley School District’s integrative design process, and explain how the process has yielded exceptional results in meeting ambitious building performance standards, pedagogical effectiveness, and community engagement. The session will have a specific focus on the role of the project’s guiding principles, and will include an interactive component where participants can step through the process of establishing their own guiding principles.

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