ConstructionSchools are too often abandoned or demolished simply because of their age. School administrators argue that evaluations have shown deficiencies in: structural integrity; codes and life safety; molds and the “sick building syndrome,” lead paint, asbestos, outdated technology and classroom size. Inflated renovation costs and prejudices often come from uninformed school boards or architects and contractors who favor the “tear –down and build” mentality. Preservation advocates often encourage a more detailed evaluation of the school by a design professional experienced in renovation work. More information with this Preservation Nation School Study Roadmap.