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Building by the Numbers

September 27, 2019 by Jody Andres in American School & University

The following excerpt is taken from Jody Andres' article, "Building by the Numbers", that originally appeared in the August 2019 issue of American School & University. Excerpt posted with permission.




Perhaps you've never been engaged in a construction project, or it's been a long time since your last one, and you're wondering what has changed. Here are 12 considerations that will help you progress from an approved referendum to a successful finished school facility. 

1. Engage Professionals Early. Seek out and contract with planning, design, and construction professionals early in the process. It's likely you will need to hire an architect, engineer, planner, and construction manager--or an owner's representative to organize the activities of all building professionals. Be sure they have excellent credentials and experience and they're a good cultural fit for your school district.

The decision surrounding selection of professional architectural, engineering, and construction services affects many facets of a project. School districts that bring together professional service providers early in the process typically see better collaboration, more cohesive communication, and a greater understanding of construction schedules and cost.

2. Create a Project Oversight Team. A project oversight team often includes administrative and facility staff, and it may include a representative from the school board. This team has owner's authority for the venture, which ensures the design, planning, and construction professionals and school personnel know whom they can turn to for responses to their questions. 

Read the entire article, "Building by the Numbers", here.

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