Build a School To Suit Commiunity Needs


Classrooms busting at the seems is often the sign of a school district in need of expansion. Whether it’s a new building down the road or an addition to an existing facility, construction takes time and patience. Before hiring a company to tackle the project, consider three important factors.

Budget

Public school building comes from a capital fund and that fund is not busting at the seems. It’s not as easy as selecting a design and moving forward. As a government building, the educational construction company must understand how to work within a government budget and regulations.  This requires the firm to think about simplicity and functionality while also maintaining quality and safety.

Time Management

Schools are built only after a high demand is needed. So, it’s important that the company understand efficiency.  Opening schools mid-year proves problematic as students and teachers cannot simply be taken from one school and dropped into a new building. Contractors are responsible for ensuring that the doors can open a few weeks prior to school. The administration needs time to set up the facility, and teachers need a chance to acclimate to a new environment. If this occurs, students can be welcomed into their new home with open arms and less stress.

Design

The building’s layout needs to suit the community needs as well as the city codes. Society is changing. In the past, no one considered safety an issue. Recent legislation and events have brought increased attention to the safety of school layouts and design. Consider the number of access points and the flow of student traffic. What form of protection is offered to students and staff?

Along with safety, consider how the space is being used. It’s helpful to find multiple uses for areas and rooms. Does the space make students feel comfortable and happy? Does the plan prevent future changes, or is it open to expansion? Flexibility is important since student numbers change throughout the years.

With eager eyes, the students will watch the creation of the new school. It’s a home away from home.

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