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Creating Long Lasting School Buildings that Facilitate Change

March 6, 2024

Program: Creating Long Lasting School Buildings that Facilitate Change

Principal, Architecture and Planning Synchronis

Orange County CSI Chapter

Why do some buildings outlast others and withstand the test of time while others quickly reach
obsolescence, requiring costly renovation or demolition? This presentation by John R. Dale,
FAIA, LEED AP explores planning strategies and physical attributes that allow buildings to be
resilient and adaptable over time.

Some of the specific topics John Dale will address include: 1. Distributed Design tasks – infill
versus shell and core strategies are differentiated so the base building can last 100 years or
more and infill changes can be done incrementally, and economically. 2. Deeper footprints
avoiding rigid spatial arrangements allow flexible clustering of instructional and support spaces
to support evolving learning styles. The ability to make these changes is tested through capacity
studies. 3. Systems Flexibility Raised floors or accessible ceiling grids promote flexible
distribution of lighting, power and data and allow change to occur locally with relative ease.
Walls become relatively ‘hollow’ and easy to reconfigure. Mechanical systems are distributed for
multiple zones allowing change to occur in one area without disturbing adjacent functions.

John Dale has been involved in the master planning, programming and design of public and
private education projects throughout his 35+year career. His diverse experience includes
district wide master plans, small learning communities and sustainable / high-performance
schools. His designs for educational facilities have been honored with numerous awards and his
leadership in the practice of school design earned him his AIA Fellowship in January 2008.

March 6, 2024

5:45 – 6:45 PM Social/No Host Bar
6:45 – 7:30 PM Dinner
7:30 – 8:30 PM Program

Elks Lodge
1751 S. Elks Lane
Santa Ana, California

Plenty of free parking

Dinner Cost:
$35.00 cash/check discount for OCCCSI members and nonmembers with
$40.00 on the website:
$40.00 at the door without reservation.

No Tabletops

Reservations required by March 1, 2024 via email to

March Meeting 2024

Price: $40.00

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