Developing a Long-Term Facilities Action Plan
We need your help to elevate the shared vision and expertise of students, families, educators, and community partners and develop the long-term facilities action plan. Please see below for more resources.
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Racial Equity Planning Tool (REPT): The development of a long-term facilities action plan for the District will be grounded in the district’s commitment to closing the Opportunity Gap. Leveraging the Racial Equity Planning Tool ensures that communities are authentically invited to influence the thinking around programming and facilities planning and help create the school communities that families will continue to choose.
Facilities Conditions Assessment (FCA): In April 2022, we began working with Bureau Veritas Technical Assessments to complete a Facilities Condition Assessment (FCA), a detailed analysis that produces a large, in-depth dataset of building conditions and makes recommendations for repair, replacement, and renovation. The FCA will offer an independent, objective analysis of BPS facilities, offering more transparency for community members and informing future decisions around capital investment priorities. Unlike previous assessments, the FCA is designed to be dynamic, so it can change to reflect changing building conditions. Once it’s complete, the FCA will be integrated into BPS’ Asset Essentials management system, which tracks all work orders and capital projects, to maintain real-time data on the state of our buildings. The FCA will be complete by the summer of 2023.
PreK-6 & 7-12 School Design Study: In the fall of 2022, we began working with a consultant team – DLR Group, Jonathan Levi Architects, and St. Fleur Communications – to complete a PreK-6 & 7-12 School Design Study. This study will develop a set of programming and design recommendations to guide and accelerate future renovations and construction, informed by authentic engagement with Boston community members over the next year. The programming recommendations will be based on BPS’ educational vision – developed through authentic community and educator engagement, and grounded in a strategic vision for the District:
- We’ll design buildings based on PreK-6 (or PreK-8) and 7-12 (or 9-12) grade configurations to create predictable pathways and one-time transitions for students.
- We’ll design buildings equipped to offer a variety of academic and enrichment opportunities, including science labs, performing arts and rehearsal spaces, athletic facilities, outdoor learning spaces and school gardens, as well as support services, like school psychologists and social workers.
- We’ll design buildings that support BPS’ transition toward inclusion, with learning spaces that allow all students to learn in the least restrictive environment.
- We’ll design buildings that are equipped as full-service community hubs, with programming and services that address the whole child, rooted in families and communities.
- We’ll design buildings that are environmentally just, with comprehensive HVAC systems to ensure clean air and comfortable temperatures; high energy use performance that meets or exceeds all zoning and building codes; no fossil fuel use for HVAC, cooking, or domestic hot water; and on-site stormwater management to build resilience to flooding and sea level rise.
The team will also support the development of a project prioritization rubric, a methodology for prioritizing new capital projects based on student needs, racial equity, and facilities conditions. This prioritization rubric will offer clear guidance for how to sequence new construction and renovation projects in the long-term plan for capital investment.