Category: k12

Could Your School Benefit from Outdoor Learning Environments?

Outdoor learning spaces and classrooms have become a necessary element of successful next generation learning environments. Outdoor learning can have substantial benefits on student mental health and academic performance, including reducing stress, promoting wellness, and improving focus and... [Read More]

What Do Declining Lumber Prices Mean for K12 Design?

Extreme lumber prices had a big impact on K12 development. Lumber prices have been extraordinarily volatile over the past year, driving the average price of any project up. Many K12 school projects were put off due to these outrageous prices. Since the beginning of the pandemic, lumber prices have... [Read More]

The Impact of Furniture Within the Classroom

A typical school is built to last. Programs and curricula can change in that time. Is it possible to accommodate these changes without making dramatic physical changes to the school building itself? Yes! The creative use of flexible furniture can be an economical way of manipulating a physical... [Read More]

Integrating Outdoor Environments in K12 Design

Spaces for outdoor learning are starting to become commonplace in K12 school design. Looking beyond playtime and growing recognition of the significant benefits associated with time spent outdoors is driving the integration and use of outdoor classrooms, gardens, and more! [Read More]

Giving Back in 2021

CMBA proudly supported the following organizations in 2021: [Read More]

The Holistic Role of K12 Schools

Students spend thousands upon thousands of hours in school before graduation. Because of this, schools are uniquely positioned to identify and mitigate daily physical and mental health issues, as well as offer meaningful support during manmade or natural disasters. [Read More]

Prioritizing Mental Health in K12 Design

The mental well-being of K12 students has a powerful impact on their development and educational success. COVID-19 has only served to highlight these needs and the necessity of creating a healthy learning environment from the ground up. [Read More]

Lumber Prices are Falling! Time to Start a New K12 Project?

The lumber bubble has finally popped – tanking over 40% in June alone! But we aren't out of the woods just yet... “It was a bubble, but it is still double where it was pre Covid,” said Peter Boockvar, CIO at Bleakley Advisory Group. Still, Boockvar believes just because the lumber bubble might have... [Read More]

Questions to Consider Asking an Architecture Firm

front entrance of a recently remodeled secondary school

When planning your K12 project, selecting an architect is an important decision. Most people interview two or three architects before making a choice. We are all familiar with the basic questions to ask, such as references and portfolio examples, but sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know! In... [Read More]

Extending the K12 Classroom

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