White Papers, Case Studies, and eBooks


Navigating the Changing Workforce

Navigating the Changing Workforce

Many modern workers are concerned because of the skills gap, labor shortage and change in the workforce. But in the midst of change, there is opportunity to better harness the common threads you share with your workforce to turn uncertainty into motivation for growth. Learn more in this guide.


Kenora Catholic District Case Study

Creating Agile Spaces without Construction Costs

The groundswell for change in Kenora’s classrooms began with teachers taking action to transform their outdated, industrial-era classrooms into open learning environments.


Energy Management and Sustained Excellence

Gresham-Barlow Schools Save Over $1.5 Million Annually

See how this school district went from bleeding energy dollars to saving over $1.5 million a year in cost avoidance, earning an ENERGY STAR rating of 97 and becoming an 11-time Partner of the Year award winner.


Guide to Reducing Energy Consumption in Educational Institutions

Guide to Reducing Energy Consumption in Educational Institutions

In a time when the word "energy" brings to mind rising prices or conservation crises, there is a place where energy can be perceived with hope: the nation's educational institutions. Learn more about reducing environmental impact, saving money and improving the learning environment for your students in this guide.


central online calendar

School Gains Efficiencies with Central Online Calendar

How did a central online event calendar with event publisher make a big difference for Spartanburg Community College? Check out their success story to see how they benefit from a centralized event calendar, how it has given them a new way to market events and more.


guide to event management

The Complete Guide to Event Management

With everything education institutions manage, events can often fall to the bottom of the list when it comes to improving processes. Proper event management, however, is highly beneficial to K-12 and Higher Education organizations alike. This comprehensive guide will help you learn about streamlining the event process and seeing better results, no matter the institution.


Outdoor Spaces That Pay Long-Term Dividends

Outdoor Spaces That Pay Long-Term Dividends

Common spaces that foster social engagement and collaboration, statement making entrances, programmable spaces, pedestrian wayfinding, parking, and strategies to unlock new land are all creatively tailored solutions accomplished with Unilock products.


best paractices for keeping students safe

Best Practices for Keeping Students Safe: A Guide to Campus Security

This eBook provides school campus administrators with a comprehensive look at best practices, current technologies, and the policies and procedures needed to help keep students safe and secure on today’s campuses.


Operation Management Trends

5 Education Operations Management Trends to Know

This e-book will get you the information you need to know on the top five operations management trends you’re sure to see in 2019.


Indoor Environmental Quality in our schools

Investing In Our Future

How school modernization impacts indoor environmental quality and occupants.


Construction Procurement

ezIQC: Construction Procurement Through Cooperatives

With access to local contractors through a cooperative purchasing network, you can trade the time and expense of traditional procurement for speed, efficiency and the power of group buying.


Renovation & Construction Case Studies

[eBook] K12 Renovation & Construction Case Studies

This ebook from Gordian includes detailed case studies of K-12 schools that used JOC to complete projects successfully in a limited time.


JOC

[INFOGRAPHIC] When is JOC a Good Option?

View this infographic to better understand when JOC is a good option.


employee turnover whitepaper

Guide to Bridging the Gap

Read this guide to ensure your student and facility performance doesn't waiver as a result of employee turnover.


Discovery STEM Academy Case Study

[Case Study] Discovery STEM Academy

Find out how Discovery STEM Academy implemented key elements of their learning design using VS America’s flexible furniture and the learning environments.


Showing Your Work Matters

[eBook] Showing Your Work Matters: Rethink Your Reporting

While you're not expected to predict the future, it's crucial that you know how to track and report on what you've done and what you're doing.


Better Procurement for Better Facilities

Making the Grade: Better Procurement for Better K-12 Facilities

K-12 schools are struggling with insufficient funding, staffing and resources. To meet these challenges, school districts are choosing Job Order Contracting (JOC) for construction procurement to save time and effort. This ebook from Gordian includes detailed case studies of K-12 schools that used JOC to complete projects successfully in a limited time.


K12 Summer Construction

[eBook] Maximize Summer Construction

Summer means juggling renovation, alteration and maintenance projects, all of which need to take place in a limited time. With a short window to work, you can't afford to get behind schedule. View this summer construction eBook for tips on how to effectively plan and execute your K-12 summer projects.


Emergency Evacuation

School Emergency Evacuation: How educated are you?

A guide to emergency evacuation procedures in educational premises.


PoE Lighting Benefits

PoE Lighting Benefits and Design Considerations

Creating more meaningful connections in the digital building.


Education Operations Management Trends 2018

[eBook] 5 Education Operations Management Trends To Know For 2018

Learn what you can do to better own your operations this year starting with these five trends all education leaders should know.


K12 Wiring Strategies

Wiring Strategies for K-12 Wireless Success

K–12 schools are turning to technology to improve the quality and effectiveness of classroom experiences and the operational efficiency of their facilities.


Columbia Public Schools Use KPIs to Create Change

Columbia Public Schools Use KPIs to Create Change

Being a district that's home to over 17,500 students, managing facilities within Columbia Public Schools requires keen organization and data collection to stay on top of what is really getting done.


Case Study: University Sports Arena Retrofit

[Case Study] University Sports Arena Retrofit

Educational Facilities on a mission to retrofit older campus buildings with more energy efficient HVAC systems run into many structural and design limitations. The latest HVAC trend to combat these limitations is fabric ductwork.


Education Resources for 3D Printing

Education Resources for 3D Printing

Find all the resources you need for 3D printing in the classroom in this comprehensive resource guide. Develop projects that help students get experience with hands-on learning, cross-curricular skills and teamwork.


Getting out of the 1960s: New thinking needed for Locker Room Showers

Getting out of the 1960s: New thinking needed for Locker Room Showers

This white paper seeks to lay out some of the factors changing culture, and offers a design alternative that may shape the locker room shower of the future.


Minimizing the Financial Impact of Emergency Work

Minimizing the Financial Impact of Emergency Work

As part of a preparedness plan, administrators need to include responsive and reliable procurement strategies that enable repair, construction and replacement work to begin immediately following an emergency.


Study in K-12 Facility Design

FOCUS: A Study in K-12 Facility Design

Learn more about the impact of facilities on learning, health and safety.


Best Practices for Integrating Mobile into the Access Control Architecture

Best Practices for Integrating Mobile into the Access Control Architecture

Learn the best practices for integrating mobile into the access control architecture; trends in mobile and the technologies that support mobile access today; management and security considerations; leveraging existing investments and implementing mobile access.


Top 10 Considerations for Choosing the Right Secure Issuance Solution

Top 10 Considerations for Choosing the Right Secure Issuance Solution

This white paper aims to simplify your evaluation process so that you can narrow your selections and ultimately choose the right secure issuance solution to best meet your school's unique needs.


Safely Recycling Fluourecent Lamps

Safely Recycling Fluorescent Lamps

This paper covers the essential elements for safely recycling fluorescent lamps including the dangers of mercury and exposure; the state and federal regulatory agencies which regulate mercury exposure; and the crushed lamp recycling process.


Moisture Management: Flooring Adhesives To Combat Subfloort Moisture

Moisture Management: Flooring Adhesives To Combat Subfloor Moisture

In today's fast-paced construction environment, project schedules are compressed throughout the entire process. In many cases, this expedited process results in less than desirable installation conditions, specifically related to high moisture conditions within the slab subfloor. Find out more about these types of conditions.


Flooring and Indoor Air Quality

Flooring and Indoor Air Quality - A Challenge to Common Misperceptions

While controlling pollutants from raw materials and manufacturing processes is key to healthy indoor air, flooring offers an important opportunity to positively impact IAQ.


How Flooring Affects Acoustic Performance

How Flooring Affects Acoustic Performance

Find out about the impacts that different types of flooring can have on airborne noise reduction, structure-borne noise reduction, speech intelligibility and reverberation time.


Reducing Peak Energy Demand: A Hidden Benefit of Cool Roofs

Reducing Peak Energy Demand: A Hidden Benefit of Cool Roofs

One of the best approaches to shrink peak demand is to reduce the heat load on a building, especially the solar load that drives the need for air conditioning. Few heat reduction strategies can match the energy-savings potential of modern cool roofing technology.


How Access Control Can Be a Target Hardening Measure

How Access Control Can Be a Target Hardening Measure

Access control systems are a good baseline for creating safe learning environments. They not only provide an unobtrusive and effective security solution, but also offer K-12 schools a target hardening measure that can make it more difficult to commit crimes against people or property.


Polished Concrete and LEED v4.0 Certification

Polished Concrete and LEED v4.0 Certification

This white paper covers LEED v4 for New Construction (NC) and Major Renovations, which has new categories, including some that a polished concrete floor can have an impact on.


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Cool Metal Roofing's Many Sustainable Attributes Generate Savings for Education Facility Managers

Cool metal roofing is a family of sustainable, energy-efficient roofing products comprised of unpainted metal, prepainted metal and granular-coated metal. It is available in a wide variety of finishes, colors, textures and profiles for steep-slope and low-slope applications.


From Outdoor Spaces to Learning Oases

From Outdoor Spaces to Learning Oases

When it comes to education, outdoor areas are historically thought of for use in recreation and not a place where classroom learning can be done on a day-to-day basis. When learning does happen outside of the indoor classroom, it is typically a short-term solution (usually one day) and not seen as a long-term answer to learning. By stepping outside the traditional brick and mortar and into the already available green space, you'll find new and inspiring opportunities for learning across all age groups - whether it's elementary, high school or college.


Healthy Cleaning in Schools

Healthy Cleaning for Schools: Aqueous Ozone vs Traditional Chemical Cleaners

Most consumers purchase cleaning products with only one thing in mind - cleaning. From a household perspective, we use a wide variety of cleaning products including soaps, detergents and bleach, along with other specially formulated cleaning products for various uses. This can be also said in the education sector where staff is constantly using various products to clean classrooms, offices, gymnasiums and other common areas.


Acoustic Primer for Music Spaces

Acoustics Primer for Music Spaces

Music is learned by listening. To be effective, rehearsal rooms, practice rooms and performance areas must provide an environment designed to support musical sound. It's no surprise then that the most common questions we hear and the most frustrating problems we see have to do with acoustics.


Three Critical Component Ignite Collaborative Learning

Three critical components ignite collaborative learning and student excellence — technology, alternative collaborative tools, and staff. When it comes to fueling the education process, learning occurs most effectively using a combination of these three tools in a setting of collaboration between students and teachers.


Designing the Collaborative Learning Classroom: A Primer

Designing the Collaborative Learning Classroom: A Primer

Experts say "We have moved away from lecture-based, classrooms. We are moving into a more authentic learning that parallels the work environment, if you will - we learn from each other. The instructional model that helps student learn is that of practicing the content, which is in a collaborative way, rather than in isolation. When we do the theory instead of hear the theory, it has application, and when we move instruction to an authentic environment where there are more simulations of real life experiences, the classroom becomes a very different space in which to learn and work and play and remember."


A Guide to ADA Signage & Wayfinding Basics

A Guide to ADA Signage & Wayfinding Basics

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been in place for more than 20 years, with major revisions enacted in 2009. Since its release in September of 2010, the language outlined in the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design (SAD) has not changed. However, as of March 2011, the ADA gained teeth -- compliance is now required and enforceable on the federal level.


Powering Your Business Disaster Planning

Powering Your Business Disaster Planning

Powering Your Business Disaster Planning white paper describes the key components of a comprehensive plan for administrators to ensure their organization will not suffer severe consequences as a result of a power outage. Factors leading to power loss, how to prioritize vital systems, and available methods of protection including surge suppressors, backup power (UPSs), and more are covered. In addition, multiple research studies and publications including the U.S Department of Energy, Frost and Sullivan, and the Electric Power Research Institute are cited.


Points to Ponder: Submetering for LEED v3 in Schools and Universities

Points to Ponder: Submetering for LEED v3 in Schools and Universities

As an inexpensively installed data acquisition "front end," submeters are ideal for helping educational institutions obtain LEED certification points in Energy & Atmosphere (EA) and other categories. When integrated with the facility's building management system, submeters can identify savings opportunities that can help fund additional energy conservation measures or electrical upgrades. This white paper explores the various uses and benefits of submetering in the school facility environment.


The Five E

The Five E's of High-Performance Roofing

A truly sustainable roofing system is a protective, performance-enhancing umbrella that protects buildings from the elements, enables uninterrupted facility operations, and contributes to the health and productivity of the building occupants. For a roofing system to be considered sustainable, it must deliver the Five E's of high-performance roofing: Energy, Environment, Endurance, Economics, Engineering.


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