I recently attended the 2012 Southern Regional Conference for CEFPI. (The Council of Educational Facility Planners). The day was full, touring the exhibit hall, attending sessions, and reconnecting with colleagues and friends.
While touring the exhibit hall, I met an interesting vendor, Lactette. Lactette is a product designed to solve the complex problem of inadequate facilities and barriers facing nursing mothers. This company’s products and designs for lactation rooms are needed in today’s schools, colleges, and universities. The timing was perfect, as this is the kind of design solution we have been seeking for our Houston Community College Project.
There were many interesting exhibitors on hand as well. I spoke with Armko about roofing and waterproofing; the Gordian Group about Job Order Contracting (JOC) and how to successfully implement JOC in a school district; and others.
I attended several information sessions. The one that really spoke to me was about building restoration and adaptive reuse. While we have significant experience with this, hearing how colleagues and school district personnel implement them was interesting and educational. Adapting reuse of existing buildings has great potential for getting students out of temporary buildings and into positive permanent learning environments.
POSTED BY: JEFFREY CHOYCE, AIA