Building a school is a massive project, not just because the layout and needs of every school are different, but because it takes a lot of time and resources to ensure the building will be perfect. Schools will have different needs depending on the grades they teach, any extracurricular activities that they showcase, and the structure of the building itself.
Kindergarten through 5th grade schools have a different layout than a middle school, which has a different layout than a college campus, as each school has different needs. Before those needs are customized, educational construction experts start with blueprints and basics. How many rooms are needed? How many bathrooms? How will electricity and water work within the building?
Community Colleges ask the same questions, and the constructers don’t just design the education buildings, but also design the buildings for entertainment, services, centers for different classrooms and niches, and they might even design student housing.
Most schools also have a tight budget and deadlines, especially if the school is to be opened soon or later in the year. This makes it much more critical that the building is made right the first time. With all the stuff that needs to be designed, fixed, and done correctly as the building comes up, building a school takes a village.
However, it can be really interesting to see the building come up and watch all the bits and pieces make a building or a campus. Every school starts out the same way and then gets customized based on the mission of the building and the needs of the students. Until you get a building tailor-made for learning and discovery, where every part of it works to build young minds.
That’s a type of school that this writer would send their hypothetical children too!