• Kirkwood High School library seating area.
  • Library focused study area.
  • Large high school cafeteria with audiovisual.
  • Bench seating can be moved and re-arranged.
  • Elementary school classroom.
  • Elementary school library.
  • Comfortable and cozy learning in elementary school library space.
  • Kids learning and study area in elementary school.

Smart Design for Learning and Discovery

We don't have to be educators to understand the importance of engaging and enthusing today's students. That's why our team focuses on creating adaptive, innovative learning spaces.

CI Select has a long history of working with educational facilities and institutions of higher learning to create adaptable, innovative learning spaces that engage and enthuse both students and faculty of all types and backgrounds. We have participated in large scale projects in a complete design / build environment as well as work with smaller schools to complete their requirements within their budget and timeframe.

Stacey Wellen, Director - Education Market
Stability & Commitment

“Clients want to work with a dealership that can deliver a great experience – deliver the project on time and within budget as well as partner with them through the longevity of the product life cycle. Service and warranty support are important.”

Stacey Wellen

Director - Education Market

Collaborative, Flexible, Adaptable, Connected

Our team excels in understanding the needs and requirements of today’s educational facilities. We will collaborate with your designers and facilities managers to ensure a smooth installation, and to make sure we’re finished by the time the kids are scheduled to show up. We’ll take care of all the details: product inspection, delivery, asset management, and installation.

  • Primary Influences on Learning Environments
    Flexibility of Classroom Space

    The capability of classroom spaces to support different teaching styles is a significant predictor of student engagement, communication, collaboration, image, and sense of value. Thus, the more flexible the classroom space is in terms of supporting different teaching styles, the higher the level of student success and immersion.

    Ease of Reconfiguration of Classroom Furniture

    Ease of reconfiguration of classroom furniture is a significant predictor of: student engagement, communication, and collaboration. Easily reconfigured classroom furnishings allow for a higher level of communication between students, collaborators, and faculty within the school.

    Ease of Reconfiguration of Classroom Technology

    The ease of reconfiguring classroom technology is a significant predictor of the quality of conversations between faculty and students, their ability to get to know students, and conveying a positive image of the school image to students. It also makes it easier for faculty to communicate and collaborate with students and enhance the image of the school with students.

    Things to Think About

    Learning Happens Everywhere:
    Learning occurs in numerous and disparate places. The facility is one part of a bigger system--the campus--and thus should be designed to support informal learning and intellectual sharing as the dominant social activity.
    Support a Variety of Group Activities:
    Create small breakout rooms or larger spaces suited to formal and informal meetings, with the right furnishings and technology for the teaching and learning work at hand.
    “Always On” Learning Culture:
    The facility should be designed to facilitate learning, not just during regularly scheduled class hours, but also for study groups, independent research, open lab time, and other innovative uses of the space to maximize the return on investment.

    Optimize The Flexibility of Technology

    • A Virtual World: The technology provided to support learning in the classroom should be easily updated, accessible for all users, and have the capability of providing immediate learning opportunities for both students in the room as well as external participants who may be remotely logged in. It should accommodate both the virtual and physical world.
    • Maximize Safety: Ensure that technology devices and their input devices are specified and arranged to minimize awkward postures and support flow of teaching and learning tasks.
    • Zone the Technology: Consider placing whiteboards or other display technology at several locations within the classroom to support several concurrent activities. Ideally, vary the lighting intensity within different areas of the classroom to suit different types of concurrent individual and small team work.
  • K-12

    K-12 environments thrive when there is optimum flexibility in classroom furnishings, space configuration, and technology. We work with school districts, facilities managers, and design teams to craft learning environments that students are excited to call their own. We also create work environments for faculty and administration, helping to organize productive spaces that facilitate the day to day planning and collaboration necessary to create a nurturing, challenging academic atmosphere.

    We offer a wide selection of possibilities for any learning environment. Our teams create fun yet functional spaces for your K through 12 needs. We have many options for shared workspaces and collaborative spaces that foster success and learning. Our experienced staff will offer the best solutions for an efficient, engaging, and relaxed learning environment.

    Things to Think About

    Research has also shown that the following factors influence learning in the classroom environment. While appearing intuitive, many learning environments have challenges in one or more of these areas. Improving them can lead to increased student success.

    • Furniture: Comfortable, ergonomic, well-proportioned furnishings lead to student comfort, concentration, and organization.
    • Classroom Layout: Layouts must be flexible and adaptable to teaching styles and collaborative team projects as well as different focal points in the room itself. Adaptable furnishings help to facilitate this change of environment within the classroom.
    • Color: Gone are the days where all classroom furniture looked the same! Colors, styles, and sizes are available to enhance the environment and brand of any classroom style to provide comfortable space that enables concentration and fosters success.
    • Temperature: It’s completely impossible to concentrate and do outstanding work while freezing. Proper classroom temperature is important in providing the WELL attribute of comfort.
    • Acoustics: Is your classroom too loud? Sound masking technology can reduce ambient noise to improve student communications as well as improve concentration and reduce anxiety in students who are sensitive to sound.
    • Lighting: Students respond to nature and natural light. As one of the 7 WELL environmental concepts contributing to occupant well-being, light is a considerable factor that affects the occupant's mood, health, comfort, and mind.

    Academic spaces are now high-tech, collaborative, flexible, and adaptable. There is a current need to cater to a diverse student body, and to provide a nurturing environment that is also academically challenging and aesthetically pleasing. To achieve this, technology needs to be in a balance with furniture and the facilities. Additionally, fixtures and equipment need to be easily maintained, within budget, and durable. We are well equipped to take on the biggest academic project. Contact us to discuss how we can help you create the educational facility of the future.

  • Higher Education

    All Spaces Foster Success and Learning | Integrate Technology

    The physical environment is a critical component in a student’s choice of university or other higher educational learning environment. Not only is the overall campus appearance important, but the investment dollars spent by institutions must be geared toward creating outstanding learning experiences. Facilities must be aesthetically pleasing, easy to navigate, and appeal to the best and brightest faculty and student body. They must also support new and various learning styles that are collaborative, highly interactive, and student driven.

    To learn more about the link between facility design and student experience, Knoll conducted a two-part study with the Wake Forest School of Business. It was found that three significant connections between students’ satisfaction and success and the higher education indoor environment:

    • Students’ satisfaction with the learning environment is strongly linked to their perceptions of the facility aesthetics and spatial organization and whether the facility reflects their school’s mission.
    • Satisfaction with learning experiences is associated with student’s ability to move furniture to accommodate their learning needs.
    • Outdoor spaces can build engagement and communicate the institution’s mission and brand.

    Lessons and Recommendations from the study:

    • Increase the selection of alternative spaces to allow students to choose from a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces that can accommodate congregating, meeting, socializing, and learning at different times of day.
    • Offer adaptable furnishings that provide flexibility within learning environments.
    • Create a legible, functional space. Spaces for learning, studying, and social interaction should be easy to locate and their intention should be distinct.
    • Provide spaces that support use of technology.
    • Connect students to the outdoors.
    • Connect students to the brand.

    We are proud to have worked on several projects at nationally recognized university campuses creating environments that foster academic success. Whether addressing a single requirement, participating in a redesign/rebuild, or starting from scratch on a new facility, the CI Select team is well equipped to transform your learning environment into one you and your students and faculty will be proud to call their own.

  • Early Childhood

    Play, Play, Play!

    This age focuses on the joy of learning!! Young children learn through play; exploring their world by engaging their senses to absorb the wonder of their surroundings. Children delight in color, nature, science, and stories. They thrive in bright, well organized spaces. Responding to furnishings that are “their size” and “mine” facilitate interactive play and comfort, creating safe learning spaces that support new friendships and new experiences.

    We help educators, healthcare providers, and daycare facilities create inviting play spaces that engage children and fuel their curiosity as well as their desire to learn. Easels for creating masterpieces with the joy of finger painting, cubbies for learning organization and personal responsibility, tables for reading and crayons, can all sit on top of colorful, durable flooring built to withstand the rigors, and spills, of preschoolers.

    Let us help you with your planning. Contact us to discuss your facility requirements and project plans.

  • Classroom Technology Solutions

    Our tech professionals can design a technology plan to support faculty, student, and administrative needs.

    • Interactive Displays, Projectors, and Learning Tables
    • Student Response Systems
    • Control Systems and Technology Training
    • Device Charging Stations
    • Distance Learning and Webcasting
    • Digital Signage
    • Gymnasium and Auditorium Multimedia
    • Projection and Large Screen Displays
    • Classroom Sound Amplification
    • IP Based Intercomm Systems
    • Sound Masking