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Under the Microscope of Campus Master Planning

Each and every college campus has its own unique story, its own roadmap which tells where it’s come from and where it’s going. Campus master planning plays a significant role in the development of this story, if done strategically and thoughtfully. In order to develop a master plan that will inform future decisions, it is […]

What Strategic Planning Process Should be Followed for a Referendum?

One of the most important components to the success of any community involvement is creating a community-based Planning and Review Committee (PRC). Members of this committee should represent key interest groups in the community and support the school district. The PRC should be manageable in size (12-18 people), as well as flexible and available to […]

Revisioning Building Space for Growth

We oftentimes get phone calls as institutions outgrow their existing facilities. Our response is always the same; sometimes organizations need new space—but not all growth requires a new facility. For instance, as Ivy Tech Community College’s enrollment in Batesville, Indiana grew, their current leased space no longer had the capacity to accommodate the student population.  […]

Educational Facility Assessments

As a school corporation determines the future of its buildings, it must look at both the physical conditions of the existing buildings and systems, as well as their capacity to serve the needs of the educational programs. Step one is a Facility Assessment to develop priorities for upgrading, repairing, or even replacing each building. The […]

Bridging the Historic with the New – A Successful Story of Adaptive Reuse

Historic preservation projects face many challenges.  Some of these include, but are not limited to: Who will use the building and does it support the many programmatic needs of this group? How can you repurpose the building while integrating modern building systems and technology throughout? How do you maintain the historic features of the building, […]

5 Key Planning Issues for Security Planning Concepts for Educational Facilities

There are 5 key planning issues to consider for security planning for education facilities. 1.      Clear lines of sight One of the most important aspects of planning for a “secure” environment is to establish clear lines of sight. This starts at the entrance to the site. It is very important to have a clear view […]