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The NYSTEEA Facilities Guide reccommendations have been carefully written to take into account the many issues associated with technology education instruction. Unlike core academic classroom space, the issues revolving around lab safety become most critical and apparent when the number of students per square foot in the technology education classroom facility do not follow the information recommended in the attached facilities guide.
NYSTEEA Facilities Guide (c) 2002. The original information was established in 1986.
It is difficult for a single governing body to issue blanket statements regarding the size of fabrication labs because programs very so much from school to school. With that being said, a school should engage in a collaborative process in determining the size and layout of any fabrication laboratory with special considerations for safety, monitoring activity, the machinery in the lab, and pedagogy.
A good starting point for determining size and layout of a school’s fabrication laboratories is the New York State Education Departments Office of Facilities Planning guidance on new building construction. The following link http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/facplan/publicat/building_aid_guidelines_072804.html points to a letter dated July 2004 that was sent to District Superintendents from the Office of Facilities Planning. The context of this letter is to address new construction of school facilities. Within this letter is a section titled Minimum Room Sizes with a subsection for Secondary Schools that addresses technology classrooms in the following manner:
A square footage consideration per pupil is also listed as follows:
It is important to note that these numbers are a good starting point for any collaborative process that engages LEA stakeholders in discussions regarding room size, number of pupil stations, layout, and machinery in the technology classroom/laboratory.