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What constitutes a facility master plan?

There are many interpretations ranging from addressing one-time needs at single or multiple existing facilities to a comprehensive, voluminous report that addresses a host of issues. Basically, a facility master plan should have two major elements:

  1. A facility conditions assessment for determining existing building improvements or changes required to adequately support educational programs; and
  2. A forward-looking plan to address future needs related to projected growth or net attrition issues.

Both components should include a detailed assessment of needs along with estimated costs to address them. Too often, master plans provide only short-term solutions, resulting in greater long-term expense. A well-researched, comprehensive, facility master plan that considers long-term needs and costs can optimize your financial resources and save literally millions of dollars.    

Chapter 2 of The Essential Guide to School Facility Planning guides you through the sometimes complex process of constructing your facility master plan, illustrated with case studies, analogies and real-world examples. We’ll analyze critical topics including:

•    Capacity needs 
•    Demographics
•    Enrollment forecasting
•    Growth/decline potential
•    Housing prospects
•    Funding sources
•    Competition

Every community can benefit from a thorough, long-range evaluation of their entire educational program and facility needs, including fiscal implications. This step-by-step method helps you stay organized through the process of developing the facility master plan. It provides sources for relevant data and demonstrates how to apply it to your specific situation. The resulting comprehensive yet concise document will serve not only as the basis for your proposed construction program; it will also provide the foundation you need for acquiring funding and garnering public support – both imperative to meeting the ongoing needs of students.

Read real-world case studies:

Facility Master Plan Case Study  

Facility Master Plan Case Study #2

A comprehensive facility master plan can save millions of dollars. Too often, master plans provide short term relief at greater long term expense. Two of the more important concepts addressed in this chapter include addressing existing facility needs and looking at future capacity requirements. Not consistently executing a long-term plan often leads to much greater than necessary capital expenditures and inefficient operations. 

The Facility Master Plan

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