School Projects, Design Process, and Current Status
School Projects and the 10-Year Plan
It is estimated that $1 billion will be generated to fully rebuild and renovate up to 28 schools with the current round of funding. This projection was made by the MOU Partners (link), which can vary depending on interest rates and the cost of construction (click here to see more information on Financing the Program). Currently, there are 11 schools in "Year 1" of the 21st Century Program. Most of the Year 2 schools will be included in this phase of the program, but more funding will be needed to address Year 3 schools and beyond. Baltimore City Public Schools' 10-Year Plan outlines the priorities and general plans for each school in the district. The 10-year plan was informed by a report completed in June 2012 by the Jacobs Engineering Group, "State of School Facilities," which provides details about the condition of each school building and the general cost to repair or replace them.
The Design Process
Each school goes through a complex planning and design process before construction. Community Engagement is critical along each step to ensure that the building's design meets the needs of students, teachers, parents, and neighborhoods. The School Team, which includes school and community members, is responsible for being engaged throughout the design process.
Step 1 - Site Specific Education Specification (Ed Spec). City Schools, the community, and architect lay out design standards for a 21st century school building, guided by City Schools' Prototype Education Specifications. Ed Specs will outline types/size of classrooms, and other spaces such as library/media centers, science labs, art studios, gymnasiums, cafeterias, parent rooms, bathrooms, etc.
Step 2 - Feasbility Study. Architect applies the ed specs and begins evaluating cost factors for building a new building or renovating the existing building on the existing site. The study includes an Enahnced Approval Package, which outlines 3 preliminary options for the school project.
Step 3 - Concept Design. One of the 3 options based on the feasbility study is chosen based on input from the community and a cost analysis. The architect works with the school team to organize the site and the spaces in the building to meet the ed specs.
Step 4 - Schematic Design. The architect adds more details to the schematic, to show functionality and characteristics of the space in the school.
Step 5 - Design Development. Once schematic design is approved, the school team moves into this phase with the architect where details of the building design are laid out. Floor plans are created and will not change at this stage.
Step 6 - Construction Documents. Detailed documents created for contractor on how to build the school.
Status of Each School Project