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Synthetic Turf—Not Just for Sports Fields Anymore

Installing synthetic (artificial) turf for sports fields instead of natural turf is no longer just for the professional teams, large universities, or “rich” high schools. Over the past 10 years, there has been a shift from synthetic turf being a luxury item to an option that simply makes good sense. In fact, Lake Central High […]

Higher Ed Archibabble – Knowledgeable or Naive?

Checkout our quiz called Higher Ed Archibabble – Knowledgeable or Naïve?  Just click on the link below, and you’ll be directed to an online survey where you can compete, learn and have a good laugh too. Take our quiz here! Feel free to share this with others at your college/university who might enjoy. Thanks and […]

How Do Security Vestibules Work in Schools

Security planning and implementation is critical to keep students and faculty safe in educational facilities. Security vestibules provide additional protection by adding a secured space. Vestibules are secured spaces with two of more sets of doors and an office sign-in area. Once a visitor has signed in and been identified as an authorized visitor, the […]

What is Design/Build?

According to Wikipedia, design/build (commonly abbreviated D/B) is a project delivery system used in the construction industry. It is a method to deliver a project in which the design and construction services are contracted by a single entity known as the design/builder or design/build contractor. What does this actually mean for an owner? Design/build results […]

When Should a Charter School Partner with an Architect?

When you decide to open a charter school location, you are also tasked with deciding which professionals to partner with and when. It’s beneficial to team with a professional architectural/engineering firm that is experienced in charter school construction—and to get them involved early in the process. Experienced professionals will guide you through five key facility […]

Second in the Series: 12 Red Flags for Your Construction Project

Everyone involved with a construction project hopes to avoid challenges or hiccups along the way. This series of blogs describes the red flags you should look out for if “smooth sailing” doesn’t seem to be the direction your project is going. Here are red flags #4 through #6: 4. Slow submittals. In general, subcontractors will […]

First in the Series: 12 Red Flags for Your Construction Project

Everyone involved with a construction project hopes to avoid challenges or hiccups along the way. What warnings or red flags should you look out for if “smooth sailing” doesn’t seem to be the direction your project is going? Here are the first three: 1. Incomplete Bidding Documents or Qualifications – When specifications require the contractor […]

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 […]