Wednesday, October 30, 2019
10:00 am EST
Webinar link: Will be sent day prior
1.0 LU/HSW (AIA CEUs credits pending approval), Certification of Participation, or Local Professional Development Credit.
How Building Design Can Enhance Safety and Security
The evolution of learning and learning systems is inevitable and is influenced by numerous factors. Creating
learning environments that students and staff feel safe and secure is fundamental and takes more than cameras
and a double entry vestibule. The most physically secure buildings can conjure up a sense of fear and a
more vulnerable atmosphere than a building that has open, bright, and flexible spaces. With
advancements in modern technology and new understandings of the learning process, the
educational environments of today must not only be designed to support new ways of teaching and
learning but also address safety and security issues. Delivering these spaces requires educators,
planners and architects to work collaboratively, addressing safety and security concerns while
creating spaces that bring joy and are welcoming to students, staff, and community.
This webinar will explore design concepts that promote safe and secure environments as well as the
importance of a community-driven design process. Presenters will provide practical solutions around
these concepts for both new and renovated building projects and will encourage participants to
engage by asking questions and sharing ideas throughout.
- Examine educational spaces and how safety and security measures can impact the environment
where students learn.
- Describe how concern for student safety and security is driving the need to redefine and
reconfigure educational facilities.
- Apply practical solutions, techniques, and strategies to plan and design safe and secure learning
- Define and explain what is required to make new and renovated educational facilities safe and
secure while also embracing changes to educational delivery models and taking into
consideration quality of spaces for occupants.
Shamus P. O’Meara, Managing Shareholder, O’Meara Leer Wagner & Kohl in Minneapolis, where he has
represented school districts, higher education institutions
and public entities for over 25 years. He has been through
many crises with public officials, including representing two
school districts involved with school shooting incidents. He
works with state and national departments of education,
mental health and law enforcement agencies to promote
safety and violence prevention in schools and on
campuses. Shamus also assisted the National School Boards
Association and Connecticut school communities following
the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Matt Helgerson is the Superintendent of Jordan Public
Schools in Jordan, Minnesota. Following six years as a
classroom teacher in Jordan, Matt cultivated his leadership
abilities in a variety of leadership roles throughout the
state of Minnesota including principal and eventually
superintendent. Matt’s passion for the scope and sequence
of a 21st Century educational landscape was realized with
the infusion of multi-dimensional instructional and
collaborative spaces that were developed in the renovation
of the Jordan Middle School under his leadership. This
philosophy continues as his current focus is to extend this
level of inquiry, project-based learning to all levels of
education within the district. Matt believes that service
and partnerships build a strong community and works
diligently to nurture and grow those relationships.
Chris Gibbs, Principal at DLR Group, is a natural
problem-solver who has focused his career on
education design. He believes in creating design
solutions that holistically transform the outcomes of
education for all learners. He uses his leadership ability
and creative planning skills to mentor young
professionals in a variety of DLR Group’s K-12 studios.
His designs elevate the learning experience for
students and staff in communities throughout the US.
SAVE THE DATE!
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