Rightsizing design considerations

4. Specialized places, adjacencies, and use of space.

The overall breakdown of a campus usually corresponds to the natural placement of small schools according to their particular programmatic needs. For instance, a school with a biomedical focus may be placed within what was formerly the science department if funds are not available to relocate the services that support science. A school for the performing arts may be located near the band and instrumental music areas, or a school for the environmental sciences near a neighborhood path to nearby wetlands. Visual art and vocational programs that require specialized spaces with water, gas, or ventilation often share multi-use lab space in a variety of ways in order to stay within the confines of their small school. Community partners can provide additional resources in the terms of expertise in design of specialized spaces, equipment, or artifacts for display. Planners also take into consideration whether it would be beneficial to place one small school next to another, or conversely, whether tension will be created by certain adjacencies – for instance, if loud programs flank quiet ones.