Master Planning

Facilities Master Planning

The purpose of a Facility Master Plan is to provide a valuable fact-based planning tool for future facility-related decision making that is consistent with and supportive of the academic mission of a school and/or school district. It sets a logical course for capital improvements and facility management initiatives over a 10 to 20-year period. A Facility Master Plan is typically a living document which should be re-examined and updated periodically to accommodate internal changes and external forces such as implemented improvements, shifting demographics, aging facilities, available funding sources, changing educational and operational strategies, and the ever-changing economic and political contexts.

Facilities Master Planning is by nature an integration of education and architecture. Overlaying educational goals with the existing conditions and individual needs of facilities will result in a “fit analysis” - essentially assessing how well your current facilities support your needs and priorities, such as enrollments and class sizes, educational programs and strategies, energy efficiency, accessibility, community use, aesthetics, code requirements, etc. Unmet needs in each facility are illustrated and categorized.  Data collected and prioritized from the fit analysis becomes the basis for developing strategies to address the identified deficiencies and to bring each school facility into alignment with the stated goals and physical benchmarks. The resulting master plan will be instrumental for thoughtfully and holistically addressing both the educational and technical aspects of your facilities, now and into the future.

Define environments to support your needs: - educational vision - guiding principles for facilities - capacity & enrollment goals - benchmark program (spaces / square-footages) - optimal program adjacencies - technology goals - flexibility & adaptability goals - community participation / partnerships - safety & security needs - sustainability goals - other parameters as defined by community input
Analyze existing facilities - how well does each school: - support your educational vision? - adhere to your guiding principles? - measure up to the benchmark program? - organize program components? - include/use technology? - flex and adapt to short- & long-term changes? - welcome community use? - keep our children safe? - protect the environment? - other parameters as defined by community input…
Define actions for each school site that: - support district-wide goals - offer district-wide continuity & equity - support 21st century teaching & learning - address facility technical / infrastructure needs - improve safety & security strategies - enhance operational efficiency - improve site circulation and parking (as needed) - balance cost, implementation and operation - support both community and student needs - enhance community pride - other parameters as defined by community input…
Define the smartest strategies for making improvements: - support of district-wide goals - phasing for priorities and urgent needs - responsible use of community funding - balance of initial cost and long-term operation - strategies for continual evaluations & Master Plan updates - initiate community awareness campaign - others as defined by community input…


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Animated illustration of shifting space uses over a multi-phase campus renewal plan