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This Is Our Positive Place: The Story of Winton Woods

The two new Winton Woods campuses represent more than just a new home for the Warriors. They stand as physical embodiments of a journey to dramatically rethink how education is delivered within an urban school system. In 2011, Winton Woods City Schools—a culturally inclusive, minority-majority, open enrollment school district that serves approximately 4,000 students in […]
August 1, 2022 - Article

Five Ways Architecture Contributes to a Sense of Community

A sense of community is intangible; it’s really more of a feeling than a measurable metric, and every community will have a different culture than even those right next door. But there are a few clear signs that indicate how strong the sense of community is. Richard Millington, the founder of FeverBee, a community consultancy […]
July 27, 2022 - Article

Expect The Unexpected

With any assignment we tackle at SHP, there is a clear understanding that unexpected issues are all but guaranteed to emerge. Whether it is a clear-cut renovation or the design and construction of a brand-new building, our engineers, architects and designers are equipped to handle the task at hand, no matter what hiccups there are. […]
July 15, 2022 - Article

Employee Spotlight: Dan Roberts, Business Development Manager

 “Fame is a vapor. Popularity, an accident and riches take wing. The only thing that endures is your character.” This quote is a famous one but seems to fit SHP’s very own education specialist for business development, Dan Roberts, to a tee. Dan has been known around the office to drop whatever he is doing […]
July 13, 2022 - Article

The Power of Designing from the Student Out

The right architecture and design partner is crucial when building a facility that serves student-centered educational philosophies. Here, we take a look at how space can, and should, be designed to advance student-centered learning.
July 12, 2022 - Article

Employee Spotlight: McKenzie Goyert, Interior Designer

McKenzie Goyert is an interior designer who was first hired as a part of the co-op program, where college students can get real-world experience in the field of their choosing before entering the workforce. She was so impressive in her year as a co-op that she was hired full-time in the summer of 2020. In […]
June 21, 2022 - Article

Enriching Education Through Interior Design

Have you ever wondered why so many fast-food restaurants center their color scheme around warm colors like red, yellow and orange? Here’s a hint: those colors have long been thought to stimulate your appetite and trigger feelings of happiness, increasing your chance of an eventual return. Color is far from the only example of this […]
June 15, 2022 - Article

Five Spaces That Advance Student-Centered Learning

What images first come to mind when thinking of a traditional classroom? A standard square-shaped room with rows of desks, a whiteboard (or chalkboard, depending on how old you are) at the front and a desk or lectern for the teacher? While this has been the standard model for schools and other educational spaces for […]
May 31, 2022 - Article

From One Superintendent to Another

If you Google “what is a superintendent?” you will find several definitions. But if you ask someone, “what is a superintendent?” you will quickly learn, there is so much more that goes into the job than a simple definition can properly illustrate. In fact, it’s challenging to nail down precisely what it takes to be a […]
May 26, 2022 - Article

Adaptive Design Helps Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools Take Flight

Hands-on learning takes on a whole new meaning at Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools. With everything from welding stations to flight simulators, the center offers students an environment unlike any other. In the spring of 2019, Brandi Ash Bresser, SHP vice president of architecture, was asked to meet with then-superintendent Bonnie Hopkins at the campus […]
May 25, 2022 - Article