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LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS


“When students come into a classroom and see a top-notch facility, they realize that learning is important here. Not just in the knowledge you are giving me, but in the space I am learning it in.� Dr. Derek Arrowwood, Superintendent of Schools, HHSC


Learning Environments krM has a commitment to the design of vibrant academic and student life spaces. We advocate for forwardthinking and engaging design in collaboration with facilities, students, and faculty - driven by national trends in student learning, teaching methods, and campuscommunity experiences. In an increasing competitive world, buildings can provide a unique edge that aides in developing student’s success and teacher recruitment. Buildings should facilitate community through the sharing of thoughts, questions, ideas, and solutions. Each space should support learners working collaboratively to reach their goals – putting talent, expertise, and ideas to work as they look at problems in a new way while linking learning across subjects and programs. Contemporary learning spaces are not a ‘one-size-fitsall’ solution. Learners are unique, and they respond to stimuli in unique ways from each experience they have. Therefore design for contemporary learners must be highly adaptable and flexible.

The best learning spaces test new approaches which leads to innovation and invention. Every student deserves to go to school in a place that inspires learning and has the ability to simultaneously support and challenge its students. Assembling individuals together with united passion, fosters a sense of pride. We believe spaces should inspire its occupants to reflect and explore creative processes through art studios, theater, and dance programs. Education environments also function as the epicenter of the learning process in helping inform students about making decisions that affect their long-term health. Facilities can support student wellness through its athletic traditions, dining options, and access to the natural environment.


community In a rapidly growing marketplace, learning environments must encourage interaction and foster community to better prepare students academically and socially to compete, perform, and adapt outside the classroom. 21st century education spaces enhance learning by encouraging increased collaboration between students and faculty and inspiring life-long learners to be creative, critical thinkers. This enhances the educational processes by offering perspectives unavailable within each subject or program.


“We explored the way a live-learn environment might add to a student’s overall experience. The dynamic nature of a building is that it’s a minicommunity.” The Flagship Education Center Purdue Polytechnic, Education & Innovation Center


Project Discovery & Visioning At the forefront of every project, krM looks at the mission established by each project and its organization. Our design approach is based on the premise that the greatest ability to influence a project’s success is in its early stages. With everyone’s shared commitment, we expect not only significant results but also a special spirit of project advocacy to be built among participants. To ensure each school’s unique vision is the driver of its facility changes, we engage stakeholders through discussions about its pedagogy and its overarching needs. Our Project Discovery and Visioning Process will help inform all subsequent building activities, including facility planning and learning space design and how they might adapt over time.

Stakeholder Engagement Project input can be obtained through interactive activities and discussions, which allow for inclusive responses from a variety of user groups. Engaging stakeholders in a fashion that is efficient and energizing is important to develop a project vision that is supported by the entire school community.

Our Design Services: Master Planning: Comprehensive Facility Planning Community Stakeholder Input Long-Range Feasibility Facility Assessment & Viability Capital Project Planning Architectural Design Interior Design


“We talked about our hopes and dreams, fears and limitations, and krM listened. We needed someone who was not there to sell us their vision but rather to advocate for us as we worked to implement our vision. krM has been that advocate.� Cheryl Dobbs, Director Greenwood Public Library


flexibility Students needs and interests are continually changing and are influential in shaping the environments around them. As these connected students engage in communication and learning constantly, the spaces around them need to support and enhance their experience. We must look at offering a variety of spaces such as individualized learning areas to formal pin-up instruction that quickly adjusts to evolving requirements and technology. Learning spaces that are designed to facilitate a variety of individualized learning styles must also be adaptable. They should allow for both formal and informal learning opportunities; this flexibility can allow privacy: at one time be open, inviting, and collaborative, and at another, private and secluded.


“My number one concern, was that it needs to be open and flexible. All of our furniture is mobile, all of our shelving can be moved whenever it needs to be. We really achieved those two goals of being open and flexible. Not only did they make it really easy to supervise, it is so bright!� Rebecca Lemons, Director Markle Public Library, Huntington City - Township Library


creativity Experiences located within a school should reflect the creative spirit of each organization’s vision and academic programs. One can explore ways to extrovert the creative spirit and process of its students by reinforcing a school’s sense of place and its community. Creativity can be fostered by allowing time and space for reflection from hands-on work. This inquiry can occur in a variety of settings, not only within a formal studio or laboratory, but also extend lessons of the classroom into students’ daily life. Classrooms and hallways can be active and engaging by stimulating ideas and dialogue. Display areas are essential to function as evidence of the reallife work being accomplished within instruction spaces. Dedicated student display space also sends a clear message to students that their learning process is important.


“For me personally, it has improved my motivation to come to these classes because I love being here more than I used to.� Sam Schroeder, Student Hamilton Heights High School


innovation Technologies are constantly evolving and we must anticipate for future systems that may not even exist yet. Simultaneously, technology should support the activities of learners; not outshine the activities themselves. The best learning environments test new approaches to accomplish goals, leading to innovation and invention. It is crucial to create collaborative learning spaces that enhance teaching methods and facilitate shared knowledge. STEAM programs in particular should encourage experimentation, exploration and wonder. An adaptable classroom allows for a variety of teaching/learning modes and facilitates hands-on discovery with digital methods. Scientific inquiry is reinforced and can occur in a variety of settings, not only within the confines of a formal laboratory or studio space. Whether used as a project teaming area or for informal discussion and debate, a variety of spaces are critical for extending lessons beyond the classroom and into a student’s global community.


“Expanding the science lab and making it a step higher, makes the transition from high school to college easier because you can see what professionalism looks like.� Karissaa Rulon Student, Hamilton Heights High School


sustainabilty cost savings Sustainability is a commitment and a philosophy that gets stitched into every design decision we make. We utilize these practices in every project to ensure that each organization we work with has a building that is efficient to operate and to maintain. We are advocates in helping our clients realize the value of measuring their building’s performance through systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program. Regardless of the inclination toward LEED certification, krM designs projects with an approach that emphasizes and respects the conservation of our natural resources. Oftentimes, utility providers will issue credits for various energy-reduction strategies (i.e. lighting selection, high-quality windows, etc.). We work closely with engineers and contractors to create energy modeling and ensure that each project receives the maximum benefit from these cost-saving programs.


visibility Providing visibility into the space by students, staff and visitors is a primary consideration to provide a secure environment, as well as to create a space where students desire to ‘see and be seen.’ Well-thought design uses visual transparency and sight-lines to develop highly visible spaces, both in and out of spaces, to minimize unsupervised spaces and create a feeling of being seen. This transparency is intended to enhance the academic visibility and display the great things that go on within the learning environment, putting the ‘work’ of learning on display.


“The inclusion of natural light was important, not only for daylighting, but also to showcase the transparency of the library to the neighborhood.� Rebecca Lemons, Markle Branch Public Library Director


Interesting flooring, finishes and environment create a more restaurant style environment

Chef’s demonstration area.

Foods are presented in a way that students can see the contents and watch preparation style.


wellness Healthy food choice, physical exercise and access to outdoor environments are important parts of developing students’ entire well-being. Education environments function as the epicenter of the learning process in helping educate students about making decisions that affect their long-term health. Students often seek places to eat socially with friends that are both quiet and comfortable. At the same time, there a desire for more participation in meal preparations and places to enjoy the experience of consuming food. Architecture can also support student wellness through a school’s athletic traditions. Assembling individuals together with united energy and passion, fosters a broader sense of community pride and teamwork.


“Everything that we do focuses on student learning. To get [students] to invest in their own education, you have to show them you’re willing to invest in them. That’s critical.” Jarrod Mason Principal, HH High School


“Good design does not necessarily equal more expensive design. Its thoughtful design and resourceful product selection. And because of those things combined, it actually becomes a cost savings to the school.� Erin Jennings, Interior Design, krM Architecture


Recognition AIA Indiana, Firm of the Year Award 2016 krM Architecture

IIDA Indiana IDEA Design Award 2015 Logansport-Cass County Public Library, Galveston Branch

Madison County Entrepreneur Award 2016 krM Architecture

American School & University 2015 Citation for Educational Interiors Showcase & Architectural Portfolio 2015 Outstanding Building Indiana University Southeast Nursing Simulation & Education Center

AIA Indiana Design Award, New Construction 2017 Markle Branch Public Library AIA Indianapolis Design Award, New Construction 2017 Markle Branch Public Library IIDA Indiana IDEA Design Award 2017 Markle Branch Public Library May-Crossen Student Commons ABC Construction Excellence Award 2017 Earlham College Dining Commons Itapolina Offices & Warehouse

AIA Indianapolis New Construction 2013 York Performance Hall & Galleries AIA Indianapolis Interior Architecture 2013 Ivy Tech Nursing Simulation Lab American School & University 2006, Citation for Educational Interiors Showcase & Architectural Portfolio Outstanding Building Eastside Elementary Anderson Community Schools


krM History & Philosophy A design studio of talented craftspeople, krM is dedicated to creating architecture and transforming buildings to serve the needs of everyone. Every detail and innovation flows out of our passion for the people who will ultimately use the spaces we create. As advocates for the communities we serve, we seek to design environmentally sustainable spaces that educate, inspire, heal and transform. Our firm has gained a reputation for award-winning design and was named the 2016 AIA Indiana Distinguished Firm of The Year. We design a variety of building types with a focus on libraries, higher education, k-12 education, and civic architecture. krM currently employs 22 people between its three offices – Indianapolis, IN; Anderson, IN; and Detroit MI. Throughout our history, the firm has had a commitment

to breathing new life into older buildings, with two of its offices located in historic buildings - the Stutz Business Center in Indianapolis and the Historic Postal Building in Anderson, Indiana - spaces krM renovated ourselves. We support a highly active and collaborative design process that works in partnership with our clients and engages our consultants’ expertise. We have participated in regional and national conferences and speaking engagements to better understand the opportunities and trends affecting educational facilities and learning spaces across the country. As project delivery has evolved over the years, krM has responded with the latest technologies and collaborated closely with contractors and consultants to provide the best service to our clients.


k-12 Project Experience Alexandria Community Schools Facilities Transition High School Renovation Intermediate School Renovation Marie Thurston Elementary Renovation Anderson Community Schools Eastside Elementary School (Design Award) Highland High School Renovation Forest Hills Elementary - Media 25th Street Elementary School Valley Grove Elementary School College Corner Elementary School Robinson Elementary School Northside Middle School Killbuck Elementary School Southside Elementary School Hamilton Heights Schools Comprehensive Facilities Plan Grade Configuration Study Primary School Media Center Renovation High School Dining Commons Renovation High School Media Center High School Science Lab & Classrooms High School Soccer Building High School Ag, Music, Band, Eng. Classrooms High School Hall of Champions Elementary School Addition & Renovation Middle School Addition & Renovation New Community Center Middle School Office Renovation

Elementary School Office Renovation High School Roofing Renovation Hamilton Southeastern Schools Fall Creek Elementary Renovation Fishers High School Security High School Portable Relocation HSE HS Cafe & Courtyard Expansion Administrative Office Design HSE HS Athletics Master Plan, Competition Mooresville School Corporation High School Renovation & Expansion State of Indiana Indiana School for the Deaf Renovation Indiana School for the Blind Indiana State Library Youth Education Area Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation High School Dining Commons Renovation Study Daleville Community Schools Security Study Eastern Hancock Schools Facility Study Jay School Corporation East Elementary Remodel St. Louis de Montfort School, Fishers St. John Vianney Master Plan


www.krMarchitecture.com Indianapolis, IN • Anderson, IN • Detroit, MI

Contact Stuart Godfrey, AIA Partner, Architect e. sgodfrey@krMarchitecture.com p. 765.649.8477 Erin Jennings, IIDA, RID, Assoc. AIA Project Director & Interior Designer e. ejennings@krMarchitecture.com p. 765.649.8477


krM Architecture, Learning Spaces  
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