Austin Independent School District

Austin,

Facilities Master Plan

In March 2016, B&D was engaged by the Austin Independent School District (“AISD”) to provide a long range plan to modernize all school facilities so that they will fully support AISD’s vision to reinvent the urban school. In this role, B&D was tasked with facilitating a yearlong planning process in collaboration with AISD leadership, staff, and an 18-person citizen committee, the Facilities and Bond Planning Advisory Committee (FABPAC) resulting in the delivery of the 2016-17 Facility Master Plan (“FMP”) Update to the Board of Trustees.

This FMP Update is a high-level guideline for the entire district over the next twenty-five years and will guide the development of future capital improvements and support planning for future bond elections. Its intent is to document the current status of each of AISD’s buildings, identify a vision for their future, and chart a path to achieve that vision by identifying the level and nature of capital investments that must be made in each facility.

B&D’s planning process included: visioning and planning strategy development; redefining of the Educational Specifications; review and synthesis of objective data such as Facility Condition and Educational Suitability Assessment results, student enrollment, demographic projections, and building utilization; and development and application of consolidation criteria. Throughout the process, the team helped AISD lead a comprehensive community collaboration effort that included a series of four regional series of twenty five meetings total, social media and website campaigns, over 400 individual community engagement opportunities, and over 300 community organizations contacted. Overall, the effort resulted in over 4,000 unique pieces of community feedback collected.

The FMP Update was approved by the Board of Trustees in April 2017 and was used to inform the planning for a November 2017 $1 billion bond referendum.