Architectural Feasibility Study

  • Planning for the Future: Progress Update on the Facility Master Plan Process
    In response to growing enrollment and the aging infrastructure of its schools, the Great Valley School District is working with the architectural firm SCHRADERGROUP of Manayunk to facilitate the building assessments and master planning process. The firm has been working over the past several months on the first steps to gather and interpret all relevant information. This fall (2019) they will be scheduling community input meetings to review their findings and to begin developing district-wide concepts and a strategy to address the goals and objectives for the District’s future facility needs.

    Data Collection
    The Master Planning process includes a detailed survey of each of the District’s school buildings and support facilities to determine the costs for recommended improvements for budgeting and capital planning purposes. The design team toured the district-owned facilities in the spring of 2019, and finalized the building assessments with associated costs for improvements over the summer.  The design team simultaneously met with the school principals to review the programs by grade level and how the buildings are currently being scheduled room by room. This information was compared to how the building was most likely intended to be used when the building was originally designed. This provides a true representation of the school’s “functional” capacity. The District also commissioned DecisionInsite this past spring to prepare a demographic study and projected enrollments based on housing developments and housing stock rollover within the district. Comparing the building capacities to the projected enrollments will allow the team to determine the district’s ability to accommodate the anticipated population for the next 5 to 10 years.

    Next Steps
    During the fall of 2019 the administration and design team will engage the public in several community workshop sessions. To set the stage, the findings of the data collection process will be presented as a baseline for planning. The sessions will be tailored to generate discussion based on the facility needs, where the money can best be allocated for improvements, and what the anticipated schedule for those improvements should be. Various alternatives will be discussed which may include grade structures as well as capital building projects This process will culminate in a comprehensive master plan for the district to follow for the next five to ten years.

    Additional updates and opportunities for community engagement will be provided throughout the school year.

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