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July 6, 2009

Cost and Other School Construction Data

School construction data from the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities. I remember building schools with MAEP money in the late 1990s for $65/SF. No more. According to the NCEF, all three categories (high school, middle school, and elementary school) cost less than $100/SF in 1999. By 2008, the national averages were:

High school: $190/SF
Middle school: $165/SF
Elementary school: $160/SF

Go to the third chart for the cost data:


July 12, 2009

Legislation to Fund Green Schools Moves Through Congress

If this bill passes, it may contain additional money for Mississippi allocated for continued Katrina recovery.


July 13, 2009

Innovative School Design

Eight innovative school designs from the February edition of Metropolis magazine.


From the same article: IDEO’s Ten Tips For Creating a 21st–Century Classroom Experience:


July 21, 2009

School Pivotal to Brown v. Board of Education May Be Saved

From The New York Times: Sumner Elementary, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987, was abandoned and scheduled for possible demolition. A neat story, with wider implications: many of our local school districts face decisions concerning abandoned or under-utilized schools.


July 24, 2009

School Design Guidelines

When EDI performed the research which lead to the Mississippi School Design Guidelines, North Carolina and Ohio apparently had the best guidelines.

Today, the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) maintains a valuable website:


The National Academy of Sciences report on green schools is worth reviewing. Go to the OSFC website, click on the library tab, click on green schools, and then scroll down until you find "resources".

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