One of schools’ major trends this year has been school construction to address aging facilities, handle more students and address technology needs, according to an article from District Administration,
District Administration conducted their first Construction Survey with thousands of district operations teams. A whopping 50% of respondents began a major building project over the past year, indicating the rise in construction and importance of facilities forecasting to budget for new construction and upgrades.
What types of projects are these schools working on? Of those who began new construction projects in the survey:
- 42% are for infrastructure renovations, including roofing, HVAC, and technology upgrades
- 40% are expanding school buildings
- 33% are constructing new schools entirely
With billions spent every year on new school construction, it is critical to invest time and focus on capital forecasting to better manage your facilities, level out budget spikes, and avoid costly problems and failures on your equipment and in your buildings. The Council of Educational Facility District Administration highlights 7 districts and their recently completed projects. Check out the article to read about these districts ranging from Virginia to Texas. Sioux City Community Schools in Iowa built 3 new elementary schools over the last 2 years due to their aging school buildings and enrollment growth. Their biggest advice? Be prepared to change original design based on technology changes. Read more from District Administration