Friday, April 12, 2013

Elevators in an Educational Environment

Next Elevator: 18 minutes
Architect and School Administrator discuss plans for a new building after an earthquake has compromised the current school building...

Adminstrator: We have 4,800 students and we need about 50 classrooms.
Architect: And you only have a 900 square-meter building site. You’re talking about a 20-storey building.
Administrator: We’ll need two or three elevators.
Architect: With all due respect, you’re looking at elevator waiting times of five minutes or more. Disruptions to classes will be major. I suggest at least eight elevators. But in such a small tower, half of it will be elevators.
Administrator: Couldn’t we use escalators?
Architect: Then there’ll be no classrooms. The whole building will be taken up with escalators.

Schools buildings on a downtown campus on limited space are tricky to design.
There’s a temptation to construct a tower block for economic reasons.
But a school is not a company office where people enter in the morning, with movements during the lunch hour and then an exit in the late afternoon.
A school has class changes every hour or so.
Fewer elevators mean long waiting lines, lateness increasing, maybe absenteeism occurring.
Architecture influences behavior.


Mercedes said...

Hi! Excellent post again! ¿Have you seen

Barry Natusch said...

Thank you. Yes I have seen the portaldecolonia. Slideshow captures the spirit. Is that a '52 Studebaker?