From March 27 to 30, A/E/C professionals and educators from the Northeastern U.S. and Eastern Canada gathered in Boston for the annual Northeast Regional Conference organized by the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE). This year's conference, titled "Revolutionizing Education," focused on examining the relationship between well-designed facilities and next-generation learning.
Conference attendees visited a number of schools around the Boston area considered to be the latest examples of exceptional architectural design. The Learning Tours program offered design professionals and educators alike the opportunity to experience first-hand state-of-the-art facilities created to support 21st-century learning.
Flansburgh Vice President Kent Kovacs, AIA, led conference attendees on a tour of the new consolidated campus for J.F.K. Elementary School and Holbrook Middle-High School in the town of Holbrook, MA. Designed by Mr. Kovacs and completed in 2018, the new PK–12 facility incorporated design elements that cater to the pedagogical needs of the whole district and fit its role as the most important new public building in the community. Various green design features, which achieved 35% water usage savings and 34% energy savings over baseline and earned the facility LEED Gold certification, were also a major focus of the tour.