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but maybe you do?. You can give an opinion to agree or counter mine as the Park Hill School District is soliciting feedback on the long range plan here.
Like engineers, architects follow "the book" and someone figured out schools or any facility types need certain amount of land per user. "The book" leads to designs like this.
Note the amount of land gobbled up by parking lot and grass. A facility like this reminds me of the Strongtowns point that all of the infrastructure costs for maintenance aren't paid back in a corresponding increase in the tax base with designs like this.
Another issue I have with a third facility is the corresponding capital cost to build it (and architects pocketing 8-12% of the construction cost in design fees-see how that works? Propose big expensive thing, get big profitable fee), the future operating maintenance burden, the future capital maintenance, and another set of non-teaching support staff ie principals, janitors, reception area, IT, etc.. Can the existing facilities be expanded? Probably but I bet "the book" says it's not possible. Besides, what architect or engineer is going to recommend something cheaper when the profession is set up on a percent of construction pricing model.
This is my simple opinion because I have discovered I dislike blogging with an iPad. Fat fingers, autocorrect (see the . after the ? in the opening), useless select/cut/paste, plus difficulty in generating HTML code when needed with a two year old crimping my right side isn't fun and it's time for bed.
I also hate "the book" as it gives a certain feeling of intelligence to professionals who can't think for themselves and really have no common sense. Whenever you hear an engineer start an answer with "the book says" keep in mind they don't understand why the book actually says something or they've lost the argument and are using it as a crutch to maintain their ego.