Detroit Public Schools


Amelia Earhart Elementary Middle School — New School Program Management

In 2009 Detroit voters approved a $500.5 million Capital Bond Program to address the needs of its public schools, the 22nd largest public school district in the country. The city had witnessed a 70,000 student decline in the past several years and needed a comprehensive rightsizing plan that aligned existing facilities with its present needs. B&D, along with Walbridge and Fanning Howey, was selected as program manager for all projects in this program which included the renovation of ten schools, the construction of eight new schools, and district-wide upgrades in technology, security, building envelope, and mechanicals. As the management entity of the joint venture, we were responsible for oversight of: facility planning; budgets and cost controls; project delivery schedules; design standards development, designer selection, design review, and design oversight; overall program scheduling and management; project oversight and management; procurement management; community engagement and communications coordination; and project implementation. For the $22 million Amelia Earhart Elementary Middle School project, outdoor portable classrooms were demolished to make way for a new facility. It has separate elementary and middle school wings with shared common space, special classrooms designed for art and science, and upstairs classrooms with large windows to bring in natural light. It was completed in 2011.