Alex Pitkin, AIA, Director of Institutional Practice Studios
Phil Poinelli, SMMA
Kate Jessup, SMMA
Domains: Toolbox -- Context -- Parameters
Course Level: Expert
Learning Units: 1 LU/HSW
Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
The City of Boston has 128 schools serving 57,000 student. There are 24 different grade configurations spread across the 128 schools. The smallest school is 9,000 sf and the largest is 918,000 sf. 84 schools or 65% were constructed prior to World War II. Eleven school buildings date from the 19th Century. Conducting an Educational and Facilities Master Plan for this wide range of facilities was an enormous undertaking. We conducted both physical assessments and educational facility effectiveness reviews for all schools. Our scope included: Educational Visioning including grade reconfiguration; educational delivery discussions; the building and educational assessments noted above; demographic projections; financial options for achieving the Master Plan and an approach for developing building models (options) for future determination. What was innovative and globally applicative is that rather than developing a report book, that would likely have been feet thick (that's a lot of surface area to collect dust) SMMA proposed to develop a web-based 'dashboard' accessible to the community as well as Boston Public Schools and the City. This dashboard is now operational and available to all. The very significant data base developed to record all of the data is in simple to use EXCEL and now in the hands of the client to be a working tool as the district upgrades schools and systems. The versatility of the dashboard allows to every school to be accessed from a simple At a Glance approach to in-depth data. Schools can be filtered by school typology, grade configuration, era built, neighborhood, and many other ways. Better yet, click here and see for yourself, www.buildbps.org. In addition to the presenters, client interviews will be imbedded in the presentation. Presenters will demonstrate the system and discuss how it can be customized to meet other client needs.