Raising the Bar for DCPS School Facilities

Report
Raising the Bar for DCPS
School Facilities
Best Practice in PK-12 Educational Facility and
Capital Planning
A Facility Master and Capital Plan
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What can the Council do to ensure that
OPEFM rapidly brings DCPS school facilities
to 21st century building, educational and
community standards within the DC budget
constraints?
OPEFM Facility Master Plan
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First draft
Elements to include in second draft
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plan specifics
quality control
community input
Plan Specifics
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What are existing conditions?
What are projected enrollments and desired
conditions?
How will the District reach its desired
outcomes?
Existing conditions
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Age and condition of buildings and major
systems and components
History of capital expenditures by school
Facility condition index by school
Educational adequacy and efficiency of
school design and utilization
Energy efficiency of school envelope and
systems
Demographic Projections
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How will DC population continue to increase?
Will DCPS reduce its drop out rate?
Will DCPS retain and attract new 0-5 year
olds?
Will public charter enrollment continue to
expand its share of public school students?
Will affordable housing for families grow or
decline?
Desired conditions
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21st Century Building Standards
21st Century Educational Standards
21st Century Community Standards
21st Century Building Standards
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New code requirements
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Life safety
Americans Disability Act (ADA)
Fresh air standards (ASHRAE)
Compliant with AHERA and LBP standards
Sustainable design
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Energy efficient building systems and design
Green schoolyards that contribute to the health of
the environment
21st Century Educational Standards
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Specialized classrooms, support spaces and amenities for
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Early childhood
Children with special learning and physical health needs
Thematic programs and academies, including Career and Technical
Education (CTE)
Curriculum content—music, art, physical education, and science
Integrated technology
Healthy, safe, educationally enriching outdoor play, learning and
athletic areas
Administrative facilities
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Adequate administrative space and amenities for efficient and effective
local school administration
Adequate administrative and logistic space and amenities for efficient
and effective District-wide administration—for DCPS and for OPEFM
21st Century Community Standards
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Public school facilities as community assets
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Providing space for school based social service providers
Sharing school building and grounds with residents for
recreation, meetings, and the arts
Dedicating underutilized space within DCPS schools for
other public purposes, particularly public charter schools
Co-locating DCPS school with other community agencies
Equity in the allocation of facility improvements
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Those in the greatest need will be first and secure the
greatest investment
All students will attend DCPS schools that meet a basic
minimum standard for health, safety and good repair
OPEFM Draft Plan
A Plan to Implement
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The planned enrollments and square footages
to be improved by school
History of capital expenditures by school
Cash flow by year, indicating planned
schedule and escalated cost estimates
Basic, but not generic description of the actual
work to be done, not just the type
Project Specifics
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Peer review the plan by architects, estimators,
project managers and contractors—is it
realistic, is it adequate?
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DCPS and the public need to assess whether
this plan adequately supports the guiding
principles
Quality Control
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Data and information on which decisions
were made need to be correct and complete
Assumptions used to formulate project scopes
need to be explicit
Project scopes need to be specific
Project specific estimates need to be clear
Schedule proposed needs to be realistic
Community Input
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Local knowledge and experience with public
schools as students, parents, teachers, administrators
and neighbors will improve the plan and help DC
avoid costly planning and design mistakes.
Public participation brings support for the
funding which needs to be sustained over many
years.
Transparency and community input ensures
accountability for quality, schedule and budget

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