In the spirit of real-world learning, two students were on-site to audit available daylight on the third floor of the Randolph Street location we are pursuing for the new home of fGCE Lab School. Using a photometer to measure the intensity of light, a tape measure to identify points of fall off, and a camera to record visual contexts, they created a map to identify locations optimal for classrooms in the 16,000 sq. ft. floor plan. Architects and general contractors were also on-site, giving students first-person insight to how their work and perspective impacts our campus design project.
Healthy living is healthy learning, and an essential component of a healthy and productive learning environment is natural daylight. The physical properties of sunlight have a real and measurable impact on our daily lives—even more so for students.
Daylight promotes the generation of vitamin D in the body. It also regulates circadian rhythms that support healthy sleep cycles important to young people. Daylight also improves cognitive performance as well as improves emotional well-being, decreasing symptoms of depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder.
With the students’ work in hand, our architects and design team can make informed decisions about the feasibility and optimal locations for learning spaces in the built environment.
Check out the students in action and take a tour of the space!