SELECTING SCHOOL DESIGN PROFESSIONALS
Information on hiring, contracting, and working with design professionals on school facility projects, including architects, landscape architects, and educational facilities planners.
References to Books and Other Media
How Do I Select an IAQ Consultant?
(State of California Indoor Air Quality Program, Richmond , 2009)
Briefly describes desirable qualifications for an indoor air quality consultant. These include experience, assessing a proposal, building knowledge, and reputation. 1p.
Planning Educational Facilities: What Educators Need to Know.
(Rowman & Littlefied, Lanham, MD , 2009)
Provides a detailed discussion of the processes involved in planning a school building, from a discussion on how to organize the local staff to the final evaluation of the building. Individual chapters address planning, educational program development, evaluation of existing facilities, enrollment projection, financial planning, development of the capital improvement program, development of educational specifications, site selection and acquisition, federal regulations, architect selection and employment, project management, commissioning, post-occupancy evaluation, technology integration, and green schools. 332p.
References to Journal Articles
Working with Contractors.
Maintenance Solutions; v19 n2 , p16,17 ; Feb 2011
Focuses on criteria for selecting a contractor to plan and execute equipment retrofits.
The Master Planner.
American School Board Journal; v197 n4 , p44-48 ; Apr 2010
Advises on the use of consultants in school facilities master planning, describing several details that their reports should contain, and how comprehensible it should be to the layperson. Also included is a discussion of hiring an architect, using your own facilities director, and engaging a facilitator to coordinate the planning process.
School Business Affairs; v34 n4 , p44-46,48,50 ; Apr 2010
Advises on how to select the right contractor to build sport-specific surfaces and their accompanying amenities. Word of mouth, shopping for a contractor, asking for references, consultation with bodies governing the sport, and bid comparison are addressed.
The Pride of East 103rd Street.
Metropolis; v29 n6 , p66-74 ; Jan 2010
Profiles this private middle school in Harlem, highlighting the rebuilding of their old facility, and the architect's absolute control over the design and construction of the school.
American School and University; v81 n13 , p137-139 ; Aug 2009
Advises on selecting an interior designer for a school project. The article outlines "five C's" to consider: communication, commitment, clarity, creativity, and color.
K-12 Schools Report.
Building Design and Construction; v50 n7 , p24,25 ; Jul 2009
Briefly reviews K-12 school construction trends, then ranks the top 20 K-12 school design firms and top 20 K-12 school building contractors according to billings.
Building Design and Construction; v50 n7 , p22,23 ; Jul 2009
Reports rising university construction spending, mostly for residence halls and infrastructure. The top 20 university design firms and top 20 university contractors, according to billings, are listed.
How to Hire a LEED Consultant.
Aye, Elaine; Sheridan, Sheila
Facility Management Journal; v19 n4 , p45-48 ; Jul-Aug 2009
Advises on engaging a LEED consultant, discussing the desirable communication skills, credentials, strategic thinking, empathies, scheduling deliverables, and compensation.
Terror in the Board Room: The Bid-Opening Process.
School Business Affairs; v75 n2 , p28-30 ; Feb 2009
Advises on planning for a bid, including proper advertising that complies with the law, coordinated receipt of bids by a single entity, and an adequate facility to accommodate all those who will attend the opening. Supplies needed and coordination of the opening procedure, along with three possible serious complications with their possible resolutions are also described.