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Nailed It This Summer

09/02/16: “Nailed It This Summer” article by Mike Raible of The School Solutions Group and BAISCA’s Andrew LaRowe  in the September 2016 issue of School Planning and Management Magazine.

Photos courtesy of Andrew LaRowe


This is the time of year school districts look forward to the completion of many of their facility projects. New schools, additions, or major renovations that have been in various stages of development over a course of many years are at long last ready to open their doors. At the same time, smaller capital improvement projects were squeezed into the summer vacation and are set to finish just before the return of teachers and students.

Facilities administrators are consumed with punch lists and working through the details of project completion and before they know it, they are onto the next round of projects without taking a moment to evaluate what they have just experienced and attempt to gain something from it, Leadership in the practice of facilities planning, design, and construction requires the vision to not only see what the completed project will look like and how it will ultimately be used, but also the ability to identify the likely pitfalls along the way.

Process mapping is increasingly used to visualize the workflow. This is more than a resource-loaded Gantt chart. It is a diagram of each activity and decision point within the project. A generic map can be annotated for each specific project. Another technique for risk management is an in-house pre-mortem that identifies what could possibly go wrong on each specific project and how it will be addressed including proposed schedule and budget.

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Technology and Collaboration, Chicken or Egg?

Male Elementary Pupil In Computer Class

12/1/2015: “Technology and Collaboration, Chicken or Egg?” article by Andrew LaRowe and Mike Raible of The School Solutions Group in the December 2015 issue of School Planning and Management Magazinehttps://webspm.com/articles/2015/12/01/learning-collaboration.aspx

Wires Crossed

Wires Crossed

11/1/2015: “Wires Crossed” article by Andrew LaRowe and Mike Raible of The School Solutions Group in the November 2015 issue of School Planning and Management Magazinehttps://webspm.com/articles/2015/11/01/connectivity.aspx

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State Law in North Carolina Requires Districts to Submit Facilities Needs Survey Jan. 1, 2016

Every five years the State of North Carolina requires school districts to estimate the dollars needed for new construction, additions or renovations to existing facilities. In a few weeks the Division of School Planning will be sending a notice to Superintendents about this report. As in previous years, School Planning will provide each district a compact disc containing a current list of schools, 2015/2016 first month ADM for each school, and DPI’s 10 year membership projections.

North Carolina ReportBAISCA has significant experience with every component of the Facilities Needs Survey. We can help you collect all the necessary information and fill out the forms in compliance with the State’s requirements.

It makes no difference where your district is currently with Long-Range Facilities Planning, our process will integrate available information from:

  • Prior Facilities Needs Surveys
  • Existing Facilities Planning Documents
  • Interviews with Maintenance and Key Staff

Learn more about how BAISCA is prepared to help your school district meet North Carolina G. S. 115C-521(a)


About BAISCA

BAISCA specializes in the collection of data and the development of reports related to facility issues in school districts. Our field technicians will visit each school, or selection of schools, within a district to collect data about a specific building component or issue. A summary report ready for the Board or Leadership Staff is delivered to the district immediately following the collection of field data along with all backup data in electronic format.

Where’s My Owner’s Manual?

5/1/2015: “Where’s My Owner’s Manual?” article by Andrew LaRowe and Mike Raible of The School Solutions Group in May 2015 issue of School Planning and Management Magazine, http://webspm.com/articles/2015/05/01/understanding-technology.aspx

How Technology is Reshaping Instructional Space

2/1/2015: “How Technology is Reshaping Instructional Space”Article by BAISCA’s Andrew LaRowe and Mike Raible of The School Solutions Group in February 2015 Issue of School Planning and Management Magazine http://webspm.com/articles/2015/02/01/technology-instructional-space.aspx

 

Attention Wall Mount Shoppers

12/1/2014 “Attention Wall Mount Shoppers” Article by BAISCA’s Andrew LaRowe and Mike Raible of The School Solutions Group in December 2014 issue of School Planning and Management Magazinehttp://webspm.com/articles/2014/12/01/audio-visual-technology.aspx

Unintended Consequences

10/1/2014: “Unintended Consequences” Article by BAISCA’s Andrew LaRowe and Mike Raible of The School Solutions Group in October 2014 issue of School Planning and Management Magazine, http://webspm.com/articles/2014/10/01/educational-facilities-design.aspx

Net Zero and Beyond

7/1/2014: “Net Zero and Beyond” Article by BAISCA’s BAISCA’s Andrew LaRowe and Mike Raible of The School Solutions Group in July 2014 issue of School Planning and Management Magazine, page 12, http://webspm.com/Articles/2014/07/01/Net-Zero.aspx

Integrating Technology and Controls

6/1/2014: “Integrating Technology and Controls” Article by BAISCA’s Andrew LaRowe in June 2014 issue of School Planning and Management Magazine, page 23,  http://webspm.com/Articles/2014/06/01/Integrating-Technology-Controls.aspx

 

 

 

The Faster You Go, The Behinder You Get

5/1/2014: “The Faster You Go The Behinder You Get” Article by BAISCA’s Andrew Larowe and Mike Raible of The School Solutions Group in May 2014 issue of School Planning and Management Magazine, page 16, http://webspm.com/articles/2014/05/01/equitable-opportunities.aspx

Charged Up and Read to Learn

3/1/2014: “Charged Up and Ready to Learn” Article by BAISCA’s Andrew LaRowe and Mike Raible of The School Solutions Group in March 2014 issue of School Planning and Management Magazine, http://webspm.com/Articles/2014/03/01/School-Buildings-Connectivity.aspx

E-Rate Funding

1/1/2014: “E-Rate Funding” Article by BAISCA’s Andrew LaRowe and Mike Raible of  The School Solutions Group in the January 2014 issue of School Planning and Management Magazine, page 12 http://webspm.com/articles/2014/01/01/erate-funding.aspx

5 Essential Questions to Ask About Mobile Classrooms

Mobile Classrooms
Temporary classroom structures are a valuable tool for facility administrators in public school districts.  Unfortunately, reliance on mobiles can lead to long term cost issues and impact safety and security programs.
1. How many are there and how long have they been in place?  Descriptive terms like “temporary”, “mobile” and “portable” may not apply.  Sort the list of mobile units at your school district by age.  You may be surprised how many were placed into use as far back as the 70’s and the 80’s.
2. What is the current capacity and utilization of permanent school facilities?  Student assignment policies heavily impact the need for “temporary” classrooms.  School Boards often avoid or delay redistricting resulting in overcrowded schools and underutilized schools sometimes being in close proximity to each other.
3. What is the “core” capacity of the school? The cafeteria, gymnasiums, auditoriums, media centers, and administrative offices are designed to accommodate a specific number of students.  Adding “temporary” classrooms becomes disproportionate to the main building creating bottlenecks, efficiency and safety issues.
4. What are the total costs of acquiring, installing, and maintaining “temporary” classrooms?  Mobiles are required to meet building codes and ADA accessibility requirements.  Along with standard utility connections for heating, air conditioning, lighting, water and sewer, they also must be tied into fire and security alarms, intercom communications, and classroom technology systems.
5. In response to tragedies that occurred in New Town, Connecticut and Moore, Oklahoma, school districts are looking for ways to control visitor access and reduce vulnerability.

Sounds Good

10/01/13: “Sounds Good” Article by BAISCA’s Andrew LaRowe & Mike Raible of The School Solutions Group in the October 2013 issue of School Planning & Management. To read online: http://webspm.com/articles/2013/10/01/voice-amplification-systems.aspx 

 

Time to Improve

9/1/2013: “Time To Improve” Article by Andrew LaRowe and Mike Raible in September 2013 issue of School Planning and Management Magazine, page 33 http://webspm.com/Articles/2013/12/01/Time-to-Improve.aspx

Energy Wise

07/01/13: “Energy Wise” article by BAISCA’s Andrew LaRowe & Mike Raible of The School Solutions Group published in the July 2013 issue of School Planning & Management. To read online, go to http://webspm.com/articles/2013/07/01/energy-wise.aspx Read more