Images courtesy Stantec / Cause and Effect Evolutions Stantec architect Annette Zacherson designed the project to maximize natural light through clerestory windows. Images courtesy Stantec / Cause and Effect Evolutions Shaded light wells and outdoor screens are a major feature of the school design. An audacious plan is under way to build as many as 24 new schools in key markets across the U.S. solely through corporate funding, donated materials and volunteer labor.Dubbed the Green Schoolhouse Series, the idea sprung from father-and-son team Marshall and Jeff Zotara, co-founders of Cause and Effect Evolutions, a Carlsbad, Calif.-based firm acting as organizer,
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.