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Navigating K-12 Planning Challenges: Expert Solutions for School Districts

Kate Vega

From ensuring safety and security, creating a clear path forward, and securing the necessary funds, the challenges school districts face in building a better future for their community can be daunting. My colleagues and I understand the complex and stringent requirements that our school district clients navigate when it comes to planning the future of their facilities. We are partners in these challenges and provide clear solutions for school districts to position themselves to deliver on the promises they’ve made to their community.

Putting It All Together

When districts begin to plan for the future, there can be uncertainty and ambiguity of where to start. Our integrated design teams at DLR Group provide their expertise and guidance to help our clients see that their visions become reality in a timely, cost effective, and sustainable manner.


Optimizing School Environments

Just as important as what the school looks like and how it functions as an educational environment is where the school is located. Many variables must be assessed about the surrounding environment to ensure the location is as safe and accessible as it can possibly be. Our integrated design team works to understand the current community climate, as well as what it might look like in the future, to make confident and informed decisions with our clients.


Strategic Vision Achievement

We are experts in planning. By being intentional and cognoscente of your vision for the future, we can ensure that your short-term goals are strategically met to position your community to fulfil its long-term vision. The thoughtful placement of educational facilities on your campus can assist with safety, community engagement, and create flexibility for additional facilities.


Expertise to Ensure Compliance and Precision

Code compliance and understanding various local laws and regulations is critical for completing PreK-12 education facilities on time and on budget. Our team has an extensive understanding of the code requirements our projects must meet. We work with districts to ensure that we are simultaneously meeting their project needs while also meeting state and local requirements. This helps to provide realistic expectations and ultimately to fulfil our client’s vision in the most efficient and ethical manner.


Planning Precision for Streamlined Approvals

Planning and designing a school requires immense attention to detail from a scheduling standpoint. There are a significant number of deadlines, both internal and external, that must be met to keep the project on time and on budget. Having knowledge of the lead times of these deadlines is crucial. For example, environmental standards result in significant studies and added time to the project schedule. Depending on the project’s location and previous use, there could be significant mitigation as well. Each of these agency approvals takes time to acquire. By planning the project with our team, we can advise you on the best way to streamline these approvals and potentially shorten the project timeline by ensuring you meet agency requirements prior to their review.


Maximizing Budget Through Community Engagement

We know that there are a lot of complexities and unknown factors when it comes to funding. We work with districts to understand financial constraints, and in turn, help the districts understand how to maximize the budget. We make sure our clients are aware of every funding opportunity at their disposal and how to best leverage them. In addition, we know that these projects are only made possible through community support. Our project team members love getting out in the community and being part of our clients’ initiative to educate community members and build support around our projects.

Learn more ways our team is shaping the future of education.

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Kate Vega
Connect with me to start a conversation ➔ Kate Vega, Education Funding Specialist


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