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May 14, 2009

Stimulus Money for Schools

Follow this link to the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF) summary of the stimulus package:

http://www.ncef.org/school-modernization/

This chart is also helpful:

http://www.ncef.org/school-modernization/chart.pdf

June 9, 2009

Mississippi Stimulus Money Info from MDA

From the Mississippi Development Authority:

http://www.mississippi.org/index.php?id=606

Performance Energy Contracts

Performance energy contracts can help school districts save money and natural resources. Because a school district can fund the contract based on expected savings, that school district does not have to provide money up front.

However, a school district considering an energy contract should proceed cautiously: claims may exceed reality, and comfort could be compromised. EDI stands ready to help school districts contemplating these programs.

http://www.peterli.com/spm/resources/articles/archive.php?article_id=2200

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:

http://www.ncef.org/cd/School-Construction-Data-1999-2008.pdf

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.

http://greensource.construction.com/news/2009/090707GreenSchools.asp

August 13, 2009

Build Green, Save Green ($$$)

From the July/August 2009 edition of School Construction News:

http://www.schoolconstructionnews.com/ME2/Audiences/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=&type=news&mod=News&mid=9A02E3B96F2A415ABC72CB5F516B4C10&tier=3&nid=38DF03C4CD274A5389C462E967C4DCF8

September 3, 2009

Maintenance & Operations

Some ideas to improve maintenance and operational efficiencies from the August 2009 edition of School Planning & Management:

http://www.peterli.com/spm/resources/articles/archive.php?article_id=2298

September 25, 2009

More Federal Money for Schools?

An update from Architectural Record:

http://archrecord.construction.com/news/daily/archives/090922school_construction.asp

October 18, 2009

Using Historic Preservation Tax Credits to Renovate Schools

This guest editorial appeared in the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/13/opinion/13allen.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=virginia%20schools&st=cse

November 29, 2009

New Articles from American School & University

The October edition of American School & University has several good articles, including articles on life-cycle costing and daylighting.

The ASU browser:

http://digital-edition.asumag.com/?iid=144d4223

If you are not a fan of the browser, download PDFs containing the aforementioned articles:

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May 31, 2010

How Much Does a School Cost?

One of the most common questions fielded by EDI is, "How much does a school cost?"

The answer is complicated, mainly because little about a proposed school is known when the question is typically asked. What is the site like? How many students will it serve? What are the school district's expectations of durability and energy efficiency?

Usually, the best source for information is an architect who has built a similar facility on a similar site within the last two years or so. If a school district is interested in a more disinterested opinion, the NCEF provides a list of valuable references:

http://www.edfacilities.org/ds/index.cfm

July 27, 2010

What Every School Needs: Talking Benches

Common sense from the Long Beach Press-Telegram:

http://www.presstelegram.com/opinions/ci_15528579

August 23, 2010

Cutting Maintenance Budgets Probably Won't Save Money

In these tight economic times, school districts may be tempted to cut maintenance budgets. However, any short-term savings will likely lead to long-term costs. From American School & University:

http://asumag.com/Maintenance/effective-maintenance-programs-201006/

February 23, 2011

More Pressure for Prototype Schools?

From The Record (Bergen County, New Jersey) via Architectural Record online:

http://archrecord.construction.com/yb/ar/article.aspx?story_id=155817391


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