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The S/L/A/M Collaborative
SLAM is a 280-member architectural/engineering firm, with offices in 9 states in the US. We specialize in campus planning and educational facilities that foster community, respect tradition, and support the institutional mission of independent schools.
WHY BOARDING SCHOOLS CHOOSE USAt SLAM, our vision is to provide “creativity in design to enrich lives”. We believe in creating a culture – internally and with our clients – that is safe, sustainable, and fun! We believe in wellness and mindfulness, in diversity of perspectives and the value of collaboration. We believe in listening and discussing, not telling, during the creative process. Innovation flows when ideas are shared. Our design thinkers strive for discovery-driven planning that draws on a medley of tools that will unlock complex questions to help you see your mission more clearly and be inspired to take the necessary steps towards your evolutionary success. We succeed when you succeed. SLAM is a national leader in master planning and design for Independent Schools, having completed projects on more than 55 campuses. We have successfully planned, designed, and delivered virtually every type of independent school facility. Most of our completed projects begin with master planning and we have had long-term relationships at many schools. In the past 10 years, we have completed facility master plans or updates at over 15 independent schools, which highlights the robust and relevant nature of our master planning practice. SLAM is an integrated design practice of educational programmers, planners, architects, landscape architects, interior designers, structural engineers, and construction cost estimators who all contribute to our comprehensive and collaborative approach to facilities master planning. Our expertise includes independent school specialists who have a strong knowledge of emerging 21st century learning environments and is informed by our complementary planning practice in higher education – reflecting the “PreK to Grade 16 and Beyond” educational continuum. We believe in the strength of outcome-based master planning to inform and enhance your culture.
OUR MISSIONCreativity in design to enrich lives
“The feedback from the Board about the Campus Master Plan was overwhelmingly positive. Those who had not been as intimately involved in the process were impressed with the scope and vision of the project and excited by the possibilities. Thank you for your terrific work on this and your responsiveness throughout the entire project.”
“We look forward to having you with us. The building is truly a gem! I hope you and your team feel as good as we do about what you have created. It is truly stunning and everything we had envisioned. It has transformed our campus.”
“[SLAM] really pushed us to create a building where the flow of the space, the design of the space, and the location… are [about] deliberately [defining] the heart of our campus. We are still pinching ourselves that this is real. Part of that is because everyday we figure out something else... we’re still learning just how amazing this building is... It’s still evolving. The excitement only grows as we continue to use it. It’s awesome.”
“The building at night is a real showcase and acts as a beautiful focal point from elsewhere on the campus. Overall, the building has exceeded our expectations. Every feature has turned out to be immensely popular: the campus store, the lecture hall, the breakout spaces, the department offices, the lobby, the imaginative and flexible classrooms, and the well-lit and attractive gymnasium.”