Facilities Planning

Some of the largest investments that a community makes are for schools. Modernizing existing facilities or constructing new schools is resource and time intensive. To be effective requires a dialogue with stakeholders, an easy to follow and transparent process, and a genuine commitment to improving the education students receive. Planning is not only an outcome, but a process that must be embraced. Our services are state of the art and comprehensive.

Capture the goals and vision for your district. Planning cannot occur in a vacuum. There needs to be a commitment to bring a common vision, goals and objectives to the facilities program. CFW helps articulate where your district wishes to go.

Demographic analysis. Whether a population is aging or major new residential development is underway may substantially impact the demand on school facilities. We look at various factors, including demographic and enrollment trends, site capacities, projected development, and visible inducements to the impact on district facilities.

School site evaluations. The intended and actual use of existing facilities may often differ, nonetheless an assessment of existing classrooms, administrative spaces, support facilities and anticipated needs is required to establish State aid eligibility, enhance functionality, estimate the amount of improvement required and master site plan each school.

District wide needs. Pressure by the State on district budgets require a review of methods to maintain or enhance General Fund sustainability. Ongoing maintenance, technology, utility, and repair expenses should be reviewed to explore methods to improve revenues or mitigate ongoing expenses.

Recommendations, costs, and financing options. CFW prepares recommendations and cost estimates for identified facility needs and a phasing and sequencing plan for proposed capital improvements. Alternate financing options are presented.

Public information process. CFW conducts school site and stakeholder meetings to review needs and proposed improvements in order to identify community and district needs and proposed solutions. Often the planning process is augmented with a preliminary poll at the outset to identify community issues, followed by a community survey at its conclusion to establish community support.

Implementation Plan. CFW concludes with the preparation of a plan to guide implementation and decision-making that includes a detailed program to improve academic achievement, General Fund sustainability and the improved functionality of school sites.