2010 – 2015 FACILITIES MASTER PLAN
2010 – 2020 CAPITAL MASTER PLAN
Studio Southwest Architects Inc. completed a comprehensive Master Plan for Rio Rancho Public Schools in 2010. A custom database was developed to store and record facilities data, enrollment, capital and funding data, and current and future project management data. This innovative work allowed the district to participate in a Master Planning process that occurred in real time, in contrast to a “once every five year” planning event. The design of the document is “linkage” based and allows regular updates to be incorporated into the Facilities Master Plan.
Facility assessment includes understanding of the State of NM Public School Facilities Authority (PSFA) Adequacy Standards, observation of existing conditions and best construction practices to repair or replace facilities. Evaluators required expertise to evaluate existing conditions and rank building systems and components in terms of life-cycle and replacement cost. Each facility item became a part of the overall capital list and planned capital improvement cost.
A large amount of data was collected and presented in a clear and truthful manner. Uniform formats, accompanied by clear and organized information simplified the review process. The Owner benefited from an experienced team who collected data, assessed facilities and presented solid summary information in a format guaranteed to be accepted by PSFA. Innovations included importing data from district enrollment software (to determine enrollment per hour, per room, per school), visual formats that allowed planners and school administration to view school floor plans and see room size and features, and a database format for capital projects that allowed quick reprioritization and decision making.
I KNOW IT’S IN HERE BUT I CAN’T FIND IT
With the Studio SW developed digital format (with hyperlinks), it is easy to move through a document, clink on a link to see enlarged tables or supplementary information, and search for words and phrases. Printing costs are reduced with digital formats. Digital formats allowed more people in the community to review the document.