New trends in K-12 facility design are creating fresh challenges for education storage. Don’t let common storage issues slow down learning. Innovative thinking can help you come up with the unique solutions needed to accommodate all of the stuff students and teachers need to access, organize and secure.
The storage needs of different student populations will vary by age and education level. The kindergartner’s crafts and the high school senior’s chemistry text books will be stored differently. Nevertheless, hands-on learning is a common expectation across the curriculum for all ages. This new focus shifts storage system requirements:
- Instead of storing paper and books, you need to provide a place to put in-progress project work
- More lab work means more equipment to stow securely
- Increased group work demands more space efficient, collaborative spaces
Another shift in facility design is to move away from a single, home classroom. Many schools are asking teachers to share a flexible suite of rooms designed to encourage more co-working. This decision, though, can prompt some teachers to feel stressed about where to find efficient storage for their class materials.
Classrooms too are becoming more flexible spaces. Learning commons are replacing the one-stop classroom. Big entry ways open into common areas. Recognizing the need for more daylight, bigger banks of windows are cutting into the previously available wall space.
Storage solution: Support collaborative spaces and flexible classroom design with movable walls. Our Genius and Lightline glass, movable walls allow more light into the classrooms while offering agility and noise reduction.
While rethinking what a wall looks like, you might also reconsider cubbies. Sure, they’re common in elementary school classrooms. But the many different types of cubby-style lockers can be useful in other settings too. For instance, a cubby bench is a great addition to a reading area in an English classroom or listening area in a Music Room.
Science labs, meanwhile, are a common locale for hands-on learning. Lab equipment and chemicals need to be stored safely to protect students from potential dangers. Stainless steel, powder-coated steel and laminate modular casework and cabinetry is a great solution for safe, lockable storage.
Technology in Schools Storage Solutions
Students are also demanding more integration of technology. Students may be reading fewer actual, hardbound text books in favor of online access, but there are new needs to consider. Where can students safely secure their laptops and personal devices? What about ensuring these electronics have power?
Education Challenge Meets Storage Solution
At the same time, students haven’t stopped wearing coats or carrying book bags. In fact, there’s a movement in some schools away from locker usage in favor of students doubling as pack mules by carrying everything with them all day. But, where can all this stuff be put out of the way during classroom learning?
Storing stuff shouldn’t be cause for distraction. Teachers will tell you students have enough of those already. Taking a creative approach to K-12 and higher education storage design can provide solutions that are as agile as students in gym class.
Let Patterson Pope’s experts teach you a few things about education storage solutions. Then, you can focus your efforts instead on supporting your students’ success today and in the future.