Death of The Facilities Master Plan, Long Live the Facilities Master Plan

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM


The facilities master plan, in its current form, is yet another longstanding, quintessential tool being disrupted or rendered irrelevant by the pace of technological change. Today, even a 5-year facilities master plan can’t reasonably predict what kind of facilities or space a school will need in that relative short planning horizon. One problem is that what people say they need, and what they actually do are often very different, but by gaining insights into the human experience and user sentiment through consistent qualitative and quantitative means, schools can form the basis for actionable organizational strategies that reflect reality. By understanding a school or district’s underlying values and themes and measuring user behavior and utilization both qualitatively and quantitatively, schools can develop a more resilient framework tied to dynamic, real world realities. This presentation will discuss how the Oakland Unified School District in California developed, and is actively using, its own flexible planning framework, rooted in core cultural values and live data, to create a built system that evolves to reflects the needs and identity of the community it serves.

#1: Understand and procure the key quantitative / and qualitative methodologies required to create a relevant facilities master plan for their school and/or district.
#2: Understand the key questions to ask about student enrollment growth, impact of future trends, utilization, capacity, environmental quality and condition, cost benefit, as well as the critical strategic framework for making more future proof facility decis
#3: Understand relevant methodologies for school administrators, community members, and planning and design consultants.
#4: Understand how students possess the skills to guide key stakeholders through both the process and the content of facility master plans in a more interactive, transparent, and data-driven way than is performed by traditional architectural practices. 

Community Engagement: Leads the internal and external communities through a discovery process that articulates and communicates a community-based foundational vision, forming the basis of a plan for the design of the learning environment. The vision is achieved through a combination of rigorous research, group facilitation, strategic conversations, qualitative and quantitative surveys and workshops. Demonstrates the skill to resolve stakeholder issues while embedding a community's unique vision into the vision for its schools.

Educational Facility Pre-Design Planning: Manages a master planning process that combines educational planning, facilities assessment and utilization, demographic research, capital planning and educational specifications with a community-based vision to establish a plan for learning environments. This includes the ability to translate existing or aspirational instructional models to specific programming and spatial relationships.  

Marijke Smit, Principal/Partner, MKThink
With twenty years of experience in master planning, design consulting, stakeholder engagement and corporate leadership, Marijke leads best practices in planning, focusing on qualitative practices. From 2010-2017 she led growth at Project Frog, a sustainable prefab building company founded and incubated by MKThink in 2006. Her work includes, Crissy Field Environmental Center, Oakland Unified School District and Stanford Law School Master Plans, Moynihan Station Redevelopment, NYPD Consolidated Training Center, and the Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion.

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