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4 Methods We Use to Maintain Budget Control in K-12 Projects

Maintaining the project budget is one of the primary concerns for virtually all Owners of K-12 facilities. There are a variety of tools integrated into our design process that help us stay within the Owner’s budget. A few of these include: In-house Cost Estimating We are a full-service architectural and engineering firm, so our expertise […]

Ensuring Project Budgets are Met and Maintained

Why We Do Our Own Design Estimates To design projects to meet costs, you have to know costs. We believe all our designers—whether an architect, civil engineer, or mechanical engineer—must understand the cost of what they are proposing to an Owner. In our industry, many designers prefer not to do their own cost estimates because, […]

Survey: Indiana K-12 Schools’ COVID-19 Response

How Indiana school districts are beginning to move forward during a global pandemic In mid-May, we surveyed K-12 school corporations across Indiana. We wanted to understand what they’d seen so far as a result of COVID-19 and their plans for the future. Based on our findings, we offered insights and potential solutions for some of […]

Communication Tools to Maintain Schedules

Keys to Successful Communication Communication is critical to the success of design and construction projects. Almost every client—large or small, old or new—is most concerned with their project being on time and on budget. We have found the key to both is effective and frequent communication. This might sound like a simple concept, and it […]

Owner Perspective: LaPorte Community School Corporation

“It started with the students, and it ended with the students.” Trouble viewing the video? Click here   Greg Hunt, Chief Financial Officer for LaPorte Community School Corporation (LPCSC), has held this position for seven years and has worked with the school corporation for a total of 20 years. Our team has partnered with LPCSC […]

How One Building Project Can Transform a School District

By Duane Dart and Steve Schaecher  LaPorte Community School Corporation (LPCSC) knew they had aging buildings that were causing gaps in the student experience across their schools. Like many other school corporations, their standard approach had been to fix the buildings in the worst condition one at a time. To get a broader view of […]

How to Choose the Right HVAC System for a K-12 School

Many factors help us determine what mechanical systems are best for a project Owner. The decision depends on their building type and what it will be used for, as well as their financial and operational priorities. For K-12 schools, there are unique considerations we must often take into account when choosing HVAC and other building […]

Using the 2020 Color of the Year: Naval

        By Kaylyn Kelly, Interior Design Intern As commercial interior designers, we typically don’t design around trends. Our goal is often to provide owners with colors and finishes that feel current but are generally timeless. We love a good statement, but we also want to prevent projects from looking dated in a […]

Choosing a Construction Delivery Method for K-12 Building Projects

If you’re starting your first building or renovation project in your district—or even your first project in a long time—there can be a hefty learning curve. The processes are nuanced, there are endless acronyms and industry jargon, and many different people and organizations are involved. For even the savviest of school administrators, it can be […]

How to Avoid Negative Impacts of School Construction Projects on Students

PART 1 IN A SERIES Proper planning is critical to avoid unintended consequences of school construction for those who matter most—students. Initiating a new school build or a significant renovation can be a lengthy process. Getting the project approved, perhaps passing a referendum, and determining the vision for your new or updated facilities is a […]