A large part of our younger, formative years are spent in school where we prepare ourselves to be productive members and leaders of society in the future. It is where our minds and characters are developed. Thus, there is an urgent necessity to maintain a safe and peaceful environment conducive for learning.
School building safety codes are regularly being updated as studies are being done. Nowadays more stringent rules are being implemented as more substances and materials used in construction have been discovered to be hazardous to health. Also, government mandated programs and curriculum are constantly being introduced and quite often older schools don’t have the facilities needed for such. A number of schools tend to be overcrowded and structurally expanding the building is usually the only option available.
Schools that were built after the 50s tend to be mediocre in architecture. Although aesthetics may play a minor role in deciding if changes on a school building should be done, updating the infrastructure and making it less boring and institutional may yield better results. A prettier, more attractive workplace will undoubtedly make those working and studying within its walls more motivated and thus increase productivity.
We are now in the age of information and computers and the internet play a major role in classrooms and schoolwork. Teachers are now relying on electronic devices as a medium of instruction. Personal computers, CD and DVD players, large-screen projectors and the like are common fixtures in a classroom. As such, students and faculty need safe and suitable access to power outlets, sockets and cables.
One common feature that older schools lack is adequate lighting and ventilation. School buildings that were built several decades ago relied solely on windows for ventilation and when these are shut during the colder seasons, the air has the potential to become a virus trap and the rooms become filled with a potpourri of bacteria.
A recent study shows that copious amount of daylight plays an important role in the learning process than previously thought. Older schools that used to have large windows often have them boarded-up to save energy costs from heating and cooling. Students in these daylight free classrooms have to rely solely on artificial lighting which is often inadequate and costly.
Renovating school buildings to improve the students’ access to fresh outdoor air and daylight will greatly improve health and study conditions, making the school more effective in improving and shaping young minds. Replacing old style bulbs with modern artificial lighting will also make schools more energy efficient and reduce operation costs greatly. In addition, replacing materials and fixtures to make the school more environment-friendly and reducing its carbon footprint is a good way to reduce power costs and at the same time this increases the environmental awareness of the teachers and students.
Schools that were constructed before the 1950s more often than not have excellent architecture with sturdy building material and have become an intrinsic part of the surrounding community. As changing the appearance of these landmarks can ruin their aesthetic appeal and character, the contractor responsible for updating and renovating such schools should be experienced enough to accomplish this while preserving its original looks.
Another challenge that contractors encounter in school maintenance and repair is how to go about construction and operations while classes are ongoing. Noise and allergens that can arise from maintenance, restructuring and repainting should be controlled and minimized in such a way that they won’t interfere in the learning process and compromise the health of students and faculty members. Sawdust, paint chips, mold and a slew of toxic fumes can get unleashed unto the air and cause respiratory problems with improper methods of repair and maintenance.