Does your school meet the needs of 21st century education?
Technology is rapidly advancing and school renovation and maintenance works have to be planned to keep up with ensuring that all the facilities provide conducive learning environments for tomorrow’s students. Many schools in Singapore could greatly benefit from an update, and we’re not talking about well-equipped science laboratories, and computer rooms. An often-overlooked feature of preschools, mainstream schools and student care centers, is whether the facilities are designed to ensure flexible, conducive learning environments for the students in the future.
Many educational centres in Singapore focus on testing standards, teacher qualifications, and upgrading curricula and tend to fall behind on modernising the facilities. In the process, upgrades are postponed for as long as possible – usually until poorly operating building systems or health and safety deficiencies force management to seriously consider revamping the school’s facilities.
Considerations Before Embarking on School Renovation in Singapore
Before the school board sets about making haphazard changes, it is important to consider a few key components of the process. Ideally, specialist school renovation contractors should be hired to assist, even during the planning phases, to help ensure the best value for money.
School Renovation: An Overview
Improving the daily maintenance activities at the school, day-care or after-care facility is one of the best ways to create a healthy environment for the faculty and children alike. This will ensure that the school runs safely and smoothly. With 90% of time spent inside the facility, renovations should be focused on energy efficiency, aesthetic and functionality, creating a better studying environment leading to better student performance. One key factor of renovation, is to integrate pest management into the design and to adopt green building practices for sustainability. Another crucial factor, is to improve indoor air quality by eliminating common toxins such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), radon, mold, lead and asbestos.
Making the Most of Your School Makeover
Large scale school remodeling works can be complex, especially since the safety issues increase with each person present. However, BLACKFORT has a blemish free safety record. We try to schedule renovations for when the building is the least occupied to ensure efficiency, safety and to minimize the impact of fumes released from paint products and building materials by allowing as much time as possible between the renovation and occupation.
If your school is older than ten years, it is probably a good time to consider giving your facilities a overhaul. Now is a good time to get rid of things that don’t work well, look bad, and create hazards. Much goes into making a school safe. Some of the other aspects to consider, include:
- Creating better flow in the heavy-traffic areas, such as toilets, library and corridors.
- Improving the safety of slippery floors with non-skid flooring, bannisters to hold on to, etc.
- Enhancing the natural light in classrooms, as this will improve student’s mood and focus by installing larger windows.
- Repairing or replacing systems that no longer work as they should, such as plumbing, cooling, and ventilation.
- Improving security to enhance the safety of students. This may include installing a new access system, security cameras and lockers.
- Adding colours to enhance the atmosphere of the facility. Colour has been proven to affect moods and mindsets, so use bright colours such as green, yellow, blue and orange to liven up the building.
Speak to an expert in school renovation at BLACKFORT today about how we can give your facility a face lift.
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