Tag : School Construction

A Good Source of Funds for School Renovations: QZAB

By Art Stellar, Ph.D. Many school districts have deteriorating school buildings. Most have unmet needs for major renovations and repairs. The reason these situations are left unaddressed is lack of funds. Regular operating budgets have little in preventive maintenance or repair accounts except for the gravest occurrences. Capital budgets pay…

ESSA and School Facility Conditions

by Angel Ford, Ed.D. In previous blogs, I have frequently discussed the inequities of school building conditions across America. This blog will also talk about those inequities in light of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Let’s start by examining what ESSA states about educational facilities. A search of the…

Planning for Schools & Liveable Communities: The Oregon School Siting Handbook

In 2004, the Oregon Transportation and Growth Management Program contracted with the Community Planning Workshop (CPW) at the University of Oregon to conduct a year-long evaluation of Oregon’s school siting process. The purpose of the evaluation was twofold: (1) to develop a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities school…

Best Available Refuge Area Checklist

FEMA developed the Best Available Refuge Area (BARA) Checklist for the first edition of FEMA P-361 to use in assessing a building’s susceptibility to damage from extreme-wind events such as tornadoes and hurricanes. The checklist evaluation process guides registered design professionals (architects and engineers) in identifying potential refuge areas at…

Planning For A School Building Renovation

Earthman and Cash, 2016 Many school systems in the United States face the prospect of renovating existing buildings rather than constructing new facilities because of budgetary limitations and constraints. The least disruption to the educational process when a building is scheduled for renovation is to move the student body to…

Highlights of ICC 500-2014, ICC/NSSA Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters

Published by the International Code Council (ICC), ICC/NSSA Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters (ICC 500), is a referenced standard in the International Codes (ICodes). The ICC, in partnership with the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA), formed a national committee in 2003 that developed and released a…

The Building You Want… Within the Budget You Have!

School Planning and Management, 2016 Once the budget has been established for your school construction project, staying within it does not have to be a constant process of sacrifice and compromise. Clearly identifying and documenting the scope of work for each aspect of the project in the early stages is…

How to Cut the Cost of Your New School Building

School Planning and Management, 2014 When evaluating responses to bid requests, facility managers often select the lowest qualified bid. It makes perfect sense. Why would anyone pay more — in taxpayer dollars — than necessary? In fact, some school facility managers are discovering the utterly anti-intuitive concept that paying more…

Who Will Build It?

School Planning and Management, 2015 There is no question that the construction industry is once again growing— In one year’s time – July 2014 to July 2015 — we saw a 12.7 percent increase in non-residential construction. The change in educational facility construction was not nearly as dramatic, but more…