Nursing Simulation Lab for Barton College

Simulation and Observation Area

Simulation and Observation Area

New lab to support the utilization of the Laerdal simulation platform. Existing lab space to be transformed from a traditional laboratory space to a three-bay simulation lab. The bays are flexible, designed for critical, maternal, and pediatric care with the ability to adapt one of the bays for adult health. Incorporates hygienic practices to develop standard practice. Includes an observation room and briefing room to improve synergy between simulation and learning.

Design Completed 2018

Conference / Breifing Room

Conference / Breifing Room

New Entry for Phillips Hall at UNC

New Entry Doors

New Entry Doors

Before new Entry Doors were added

Before new Entry Doors were added

The interior of this collegiate gothic building did not reflect its exterior appearance. Interior corridor ceilings are covered in conduit, mechanical systems and data runs. The front entry doors were not in character with the building, nor did they meet current egress requirements. We worked with the University and the Departments of Astronomy, Mathematics and Physics on improvements to the entry experience. We designed new front doors and interior designs were studied for various ways to mitigate the appearance of conduit and mechanical systems. New lighting and finishes highlight the departments and minimize the distractions from equipment that cannot be moved. The welcoming space accomodates the waves of student traffic that utilize the area between classes.

Completed 2018

Before Renovation

Before Renovation

After Renovation

After Renovation

Scotland Street School Museum in Glasgow

Scotland Street School was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh between 1903-1906 for the School Board of Glasgow. With many features built into the stonework and staircases, there is something to admire around every corner!  Now as a museum, it tells the story of 100 years of education in Scotland, from the late 19th century to the late 20th century.  When Scotland Street School first opened on 15 August 1906, it educated the children of families mainly working in shipbuilding and engineering on the south side of Glasgow.  From  Scotland Street School Museum website.

Scotland Street School was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh between 1903-1906 for the School Board of Glasgow. With many features built into the stonework and staircases, there is something to admire around every corner!

Now as a museum, it tells the story of 100 years of education in Scotland, from the late 19th century to the late 20th century.

When Scotland Street School first opened on 15 August 1906, it educated the children of families mainly working in shipbuilding and engineering on the south side of Glasgow.

From Scotland Street School Museum website.


Alternative Spaces for Learning

Student learning styles vary. As architects, we must provide a variety of spacial experiences that allow and foster different learning modalities. We look for opportunities to create environments that nurture diversity. In a school, we may provide space for linguistic and logical learning as part of the prescribed program, but spaces for visual, aural, physical, social, and solitary learning are also critical to students’ comprehensive education. Sometimes, these spaces can be incorporated in underutilized design areas, such as a gathering space next to a corridor, an exterior courtyard, or a seating area adjacent to a stair. Not only is it our job to meet an Owner’s expectations, but we must also provide flexible design solutions to meet needs they may not have considered.

Informal learning space

Informal learning space

A stairway can easily become an alternate learning space

A stairway can easily become an alternate learning space

Groundbreaking Celebration for Alston Ridge Middle School

IMG_4536Wake County Commissioners, Wake County School Board Members, Cary Town Council Members and many others braved the wet cold rain to celebrate the construction of WCPSS's latest Middle School Project located in western Cary, NC.  We are proud to be the architect for this exciting project and are looking forward to it's construction over the next year and a half.  The school features flexible collaborative areas, large windows for great views and daylighting, flexible courtyards for outdoor learning, and multiple colors of local brick.Courtyard-01_FotoSketcher

Middle School Prototype for Wake County

Built 3 times between 2009 & 2012, this 196,000 SF middle school prototype has been designed with a compact footprint and can be flexibly oriented depending on varying site conditions. It has also been designed with sustainability in mind. All classrooms are located around the building’s perimeter and large windows are placed to take advantage of natural day lighting. 1029PLAN-200 copySouth facing glass is shaded and light shelves direct sun’s rays deep into classroom spaces. Energy efficient electrical and mechanical systems reduce energy costs. The exterior is a combination of local North Carolina brick and light weight steel panels which are made from 27% recycled content. Using the light weight metal panels above roofs and high on the buildings elevations reduces the chance for roof membrane damage during construction and has the added benefit of reducing the quantity of structural steel required to support the building’s skin, reducing use of natural resources and saving tax payer dollars.

Alston Ridge Middle School

1262-01 Alston Ridge Middle School is the first build of a revised middle school prototype to be constructed in Cary, NC. This design features small learning communities centered around flexible collaborative space.  Included in the program is a dedicated theater for 525 students.  Good sight lines are achieved with a sloping floor and angled seating and acoustics are enhanced with sloped ceiling clouds and angled walls in addition to carefully placed acoustical panels.  The theater will be an important piece of the arts education program at Alston Ridge MS.  The 210,000SF school is designed for 1,311 students (traditional calendar) with 82 teaching spaces and includes a full-sized gym as well as a 2nd auxiliary gym.  Security features include clear circulation pathways with excellent visibility, vice-principal’s offices distributed on each floor level, and a main entry vestibule with bullet resistant glass, passing through the administrative area.  The classroom wing is oriented to face North & South to take advantage of the most consistent natural light and reduce energy usage.  The footprint is compact for a school of this size which will allow WCPSS to be able to fit the prototype on smaller sites in a county that is land starved due to its rapid growth.

Whitley Auditorium at Elon University

This is a project completed in 2001, but I wanted to show it here because of THIS great link for a 360-degree panorama of the finished project.


The renovation of the historic 1924 Whitley Auditorium at Elon University provides a much-used recital space for the Music Department as well as a multi-purpose space that is used for lectures, classes, as well as weekly church services.  The auditorium was renovated, new classical columns and scrolled brackets to support the balconies were added to cover existing steel columns, acoustical improvements were initiated, new handicapped accessible restroom facilities were carefully fit below the existing stairways, the lobby was extended and improved for better traffic flow and a more welcoming atmosphere, and refurbished vintage auditorium seating was installed.  A new state of the art HVAC system was designed to provide quiet temperature and humidity control for concert patrons and to maintain the tuning of the new Casavant Frères pipe organ.

Brad Farlow, Architect-of-Record (Eason & Farlow Design, PA)

Selecting and Siting K-12 Schools in a Community

"The traditional process of locating schools has consisted simply of mapping attendance areas and meeting with realtors to discuss and choose an available property. Today, however, due to a stronger understanding of the socioeconomic impacts of the development of schools on communities, there is a desire to explore a smarter approach to identify sites for schools. The objective of this essay is to provide a comprehensive, long-term strategic approach for siting schools in growing communities. Now that we have a stronger understanding of the socioeconomic impacts of development on communities, we want to explore a smarter approach to identifying sites for schools. This paper is focused on a comprehensive long term strategic approach to identifying sites for schools in growing communities."

Excerpt  from"Selecting and Siting K-12 Schools in a Community" White Paper By David Henebry, AIA NCARB ALEP publisher:  Education Facilities Clearinghouse

Click HERE for a link to download the entire White Paper By David Henebry, AIA NCARB ALEP


Revolutions in Learning - A4LE Conference in Philadelphia, PA

conference-header2 David Henebry, AIA, ALEP attended the A4LE Annual Conference in Philadelphia from Sept 28-Oct 1, 2016. The conference was titled “Revolutions in Learning”. While there David was able to meet some of the finalists for the MacConnell Award. After spending substantial hours as a juror reviewing the great submissions, he was interested to hear the Architects talk about their projects. The finalists included Robert R. Shaw Center for S.T.E.A.M by Stantec, Cherry Crest Elementary by NAC and the winning submission Fairchild High School by JCJ Architecture. The community commitment to construct a pure project based lab school in the center of their community to be accessible by all of the schools in the Katy Texas school District was extremely impressive. The students arrive early and have to be chased out in the late evening 7 days a week, demonstrating student engagement at levels most communities would envy. The Cherry Crest Elementary in Bellevue Washington captured the spirit of the natural surroundings and has taken outdoor learning to new levels. The interplay and connectivity to the outdoors along with the project based learning studios on the interior of the school provide for very pleasant and engaged learning. Cherry Crest also did an exceptional job of integrating solar and other green features into the building as teaching opportunities. The MacConnell Award winner is a great community story. It was a 10-year journey for a new High School in the poorest district in Connecticut. The STEM High School has 3 themed academy learning communities. Information Technology and Software Engineering, Biotechnology Research and Zoological Sciences and Aerospace/Hydrospace Engineering and Physical Sciences comprise 3 distinct academies of choice for students. The students are also allowed to switch academies. The 3 academies are broken up into 6 collaborative/flexible learning suites. Along with using the outdoor wooded area as a natural learning lab they maintain a bee hive on the green roofs. Of all of the sustainable features are integrated into the curriculum. They have both solar and wind green power features integrated and expressed in the architecture. Though the most impressive statistic was improving the graduation rate from 65% - 98%!

Medical Education Center in Lumberton: Partnership between Southeastern Health & Campbell University

Here are some new photos of Southeastern Health's newly-renovated, 10,000 sf space for Medical Education.  Located on the 4th floor of the administrative wing in the medical center, the space is the education hub for Southeastern Health. Offering student lockers, a 100-seat classroom, a small classroom, an electronic medical library, a resident/student lounge and meeting room, as well as administrative offices for the Medical Education department. This space is being used in a partnership between Southeastern Health and Campbell University.  Click HERE and HERE to learn more. The education wing was made possible through grants from The Duke Endowment, The Golden LEAF Foundation, North Carolina Department of Commerce, and The Cannon Foundation.

A4LE Conference a Success

Yesterday's sessions at the North Carolina A4LE were very informative and interesting.  The keynote speaker, futurist, David Houle, was especially thought provoking.  You can see some of his predictions here: HERE  and you can read his thoughts on education HERE.

We also enjoyed the presentation by Ratio Architects with Sheri Green & Larry Sherrill from WCPSS about consensus building through interactive workshops.  They had some great ideas about how to get feedback from a diverse group of stakeholders in a short amount of time.

While the average cost for all schools in the US is $250 per square foot, costs in North Carolina remain lower at $188. In his State of the State presentation, Dr. Ken Phelps, PhD, Architect/School Planning expressed concern that more data may be needed to get a good picture of school costs in NC and urged school districts and architects to report accurate school costs to NCDPI.

The day ended with an exciting presentation called Educational Commissioning: Realizing Design Intent in Instructional Practice focused on a Sarasota Case Study of the complete transformation of the Middle School learning environment and pedagogy and the importance of one person in spearheading change.  In this case Dr. Page Dettman was instrumental in changing the focus for middle school education so that students are  engaged and energized in a way rarely seen in schools today. See HERE for the Sarasota Tech Active Classroom of tomorrow.