CASH 40th Annual Conference Workshop: Kevin MacQuarrie, AIA

CASH 40th Annual Conference Workshop: Kevin MacQuarrie, AIA

One Size Does Not Fit All: Designing Facilities with Safety in Mind


Kevin MacQuarrie, Principal Architect and Chairman of the Board for WLC Architects, Inc. is pleased to present an interactive workshop at the 40th Annual Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) Conference in Sacramento, California.  The workshop is entitled "One Size Does Not Fit All:  Designing Facilities with Safety in Mind."  


Workshop:  One Size Does Not Fit All:  Designing Facilities with Safety in Mind

Date:  Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Time:  10:15 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

Location:  Sacramento Convention Center, Room 308


Workshop Overview:

The design and functionality of school facilities play an important role in school safety - not just for catastrophic events, but also day-to-day functions. Educators, design professionals, and safety experts need to develop specific strategies on how to minimize and avert future incidents. The goal of this hands-on workshop is to look at these strategies and develop a tool kit of design ideas and operational processes to implement in our schools. School safety is very contextual and specific to each district, school, and community. You will gain insight on specific options that will help you and your team develop mindful solutions for your school’s unique needs.


There will always be safety issues across all schools in all different socio-economic areas. That is our reality.
— Kevin MacQuarrie

“Student safety is a very different conversation than it use to be as a result of the events that we've had. Each unfolding tragedy had a different impact on how you view safety and security.  Student safety is a very community and school-specific conversation. There is not a "one size fits all" solution that's going to work even from one school to the next.

There will always be safety issues across all schools in all different socio-economic areas.  That is our reality.  The first and most important question to ask is: "What is your perception, your school's perception, and your community's perception of the level of student safety in your schools?"  The goal of answering this question fully is to help everyone understand what their perception of safety is. “


“If the level of student safety is generally high and the students feel safe, then there are some minimal things that we can do to improve on that perception - such as managing entry and exit points, making sure the school's communication systems are up to date, ensuring school data systems are up to date, etc.

At the other end of the spectrum, where students and staff are fearful within their school, we have to look deeply at the broad range of reasons that contribute to the perceived safety on campus.  Architects deal with these scenarios on a design-by-design basis. How is this safety issue resolved? Sometimes it has to do with fencing, camera placement, building positioning, doors, locks, nooks and crannies, making sure that there are no blind spots, etc.”  

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Because these schools are the foundations of our communities, the community also responds to beautiful, well-maintained, and safe buildings.  The sense of ownership raises the bar for everyone - the students, the staff, and the entire community.
— Kevin MacQuarrie

“We also protect our buildings by using really durable materials. In general, if a building looks good, feels well-maintained, and feels like it's a place of honor, respect, and institutional quality, then the occupants tend to respect it a bit more.  So many times, when we've gone into old, run-down buildings that haven't had any work done on them and we repair them or tear them down, the students respond. Because these schools are the foundations of our communities, the community also responds to beautiful, well-maintained, and safe buildings. The sense of ownership raises the bar for everyone - the students, the staff, and the entire community."


Join us on Tuesday, February 26th at the 40th CASH Conference for this interactive workshop.  Seating is LIMITED, so please arrive early to reserve your seat!

Workshop:  One Size Does Not Fit All:  Designing Facilities with Safety in Mind

Date:  Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Time:  10:15 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

Location:  Sacramento Convention Center, Room 308