District of Columbia Public Schools


Master Facilities Plans And Capital Improvement Plans

B&D, in partnership with McKissack & McKissack, was selected by the District of Columbia’s Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization in 2007 as the program management team for the modernization of more than 120 District of Columbia public schools. As part of this effort, we played a key role during the master planning and programming process for the modernization program, developing the overarching master and financial plan to modernize all of the schools. We served as the master facilitator and editor of the 2008 and 2010 plans, managing consultants that contributed to the documents as well as developing various portions of the plans. We facilitated community meetings throughout the two-phased process, building consensus throughout. The final plan’s pioneering approach called for modernization work at all D.C. public schools within five years, rather than the previously anticipated timeline of 20 years. To achieve this aggressive plan, the our team proposed a “classrooms first” method, guaranteeing that students would not have to wait longer than necessary to benefit from learning in a state-of-the-art environment that is safe, clean, and technologically advanced. The D.C. City Council formally adopted the Master Facilities Plan in 2010, marking the first time in a decade that D.C. had approved such a document.

We also were tasked with creating a six-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) and managing the implementation of all resulting projects. The CIP is the financial road map that guides the modernization effort. Applying our budget modeling expertise, we provide ongoing refinement and re-evaluation of the CIP and overall Master Plan. On a project-specific basis, we also have provided ongoing planning support, reviewing education specifications and planning documents, as well as leading regular visioning and community engagement sessions. For the major high school projects, we have helped facilitate design competitions that requested the design community to present solutions for the outlined program of requirements and master plan guiding principles.