Makerspace Design Criteria

I provided input about makerspace design to the architects planning a new school in my district. To plan for the meeting, I went to the source at the K-12 Fab Labs and Makerspaces group. I summarized their advice to use as talking points for the meeting.  A big thanks to everyone that contributed to this list.

Makerspace Design

Bridge Outdoor and Indoor Spaces

-Outdoor space for projects and experimentation. Sprays and fumes.

-Outside double width door with ability to drive up for loading/unloading large projects and equipment.

-Natural lighting in makerspace.

Dust management and ventilation. Outside ducting for machines like laser cutter.  Dust management to protect sensitive equipment and design stations. Soldering.

Control Humidity.

Electrical. Pull down, ceiling installed electrical receptacles. Sufficient electrical circuits for industrial version of equipment. Multiple circuits.

Sound Proofing. Sound proof doors to run loud machinery without disturbing neighboring instructional spaces.

Flooring. Able to get dirty & wet. Easy to clean

Modular Flexible Space

-No conventional built-in cabinets.

-Everything on wheels with high quality casters.

-Open shelving

-Slat walls for hanging bins, shelves, posts, and more.

Storage and Display

-Organization system and storage for extensive quantity of materials. Sheet goods, small components, tools. Clearly visible and labeled.

-Extensive and flexible storage space for projects.

-Display space for projects.

Writable Surfaces. Walls, desks, etc.

Color: Inviting gender neutral colors.

Organization and Signage. Easy for users to change as needed

Make Space: The Book Please read this book.