Prince George's County Public Schools

Upper Marlboro,

Facilities Master Plan

Prince George’s County Public Schools—the nation’s 19th largest school district with 207 schools—selected B&D, Perkins Eastman, and AME in 2014 to perform master planning support services and to develop capital funding priorities and options for Prince George’s school facilities. With some areas undergoing enrollment growth and others enduring declining numbers, the district sought to find the most strategic solution to modernizing its aging facilities and meeting student and educational program demand. Building upon previous efforts assess facilities’ physical conditions, the district desired a comprehensive facilities review to develop a viable program. Our scope of services included (1) the development and application of an Educational Adequacy Metric; (2) a utilization study comparing stated-rated capacity, actual space-by-space usage, and Prince George’s County Public Schools standards; (3) a weighted facility condition index analysis; (4) community engagement; (5) prioritization and synthesis of the plan; and (6) capital project recommendations.

To support this effort, we developed a complex model to analyze site condition information and objectively identify and prioritize capital projects. This analysis was supported by a review of synergistic factors such as the desire to align the district to a true middle school configuration, adequately distributing specialized high school academic programs, and equitably distributing funding across the district. The planning exercises and analyses considered 10-, 15-, and 20-year time frames, included detailed information for each facility, and incorporated projected budgets. We presented its final report to the Board of Education in 2015. The proposed $7.8 billion modernization program would encompass 140 projects, bringing schools across the county up to district standards. Our recommendations also included 29 closures, eight new schools, and boundary adjustments for a majority of schools due to varying uses and an objective to transition sixth grade from elementary schools to middle schools.