Firstfloor K-12 Solutions Releases White Paper Titled “Some Children Are Still Left Behind”

Raleigh, NC, December 19, 2007 --( Robbie Ferris, president and CEO of Firstfloor K-12 Solutions, LLC ( and SFL+a Architects (, has announced the firm’s formal release of a white paper addressing the local, regional and nationwide need for sustainable, adaptable and cost-effective public school facilities. The paper, authored by Ferris, is intended to serve as an informational guide for those involved in the critical decision-making effort of when and how to replace aging, deteriorating K-12 public school buildings. Ferris addresses the sub-par conditions in many of today’s schools and poses high-performance, multiple-use, green educational facilities as a formidable solution. The proposed solution is environmentally friendly, as well as drastically cost-effective through capital lease financing, in which both the developer and school system are responsible for the building costs.

The white paper is now available for download at

White Paper excerpt:
The average public school building in the United States is past 42 years of age. There is a need to replace these old buildings with sustainable, adaptable and cost-effective public school buildings. In a recent study by the U.S. Department of Education, about 25 percent of schools, enrolling approximately 11 million students, reported at least one of their buildings is in less than adequate condition.

“We are pleased to announce the formal release of our white paper focused on creating high-performance, sustainable K-12 educational buildings,” said Ferris. “This paper demonstrates our firms’ continued commitment to championing the best interests of schools systems, students and faculty, regardless of their size or location.”

About SFL+a Architects:
SFL+a Architects is a firm designed to provide state-of-the-art architectural solutions to educational institutions. Created in 1982, the company has emerged as one of the most highly regarded architectural firms in the Southeast, offering expert services in architectural planning, design, construction, land planning and interior design. The firm has offices located in Raleigh, Fayetteville and Charlotte, N.C. The sister company of SFL+a Architects is Firstfloor K-12 Solutions, LLC, a North Carolina development company pioneering public-private partnerships to develop educational facilities. The company is comprised of talented professionals, each possessing 15-20 years of experience in banking, finance, construction and property management. For more information, visit

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