ERIC Number: ED418576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Arizona School Construction Costs: Sample Study.
Arizona State Dept. of Education, Phoenix.
The purpose of this study was to examine the current Arizona Construction practices and costs in order to provide quantitative and qualitative information to the Arizona Department of Education that will assist in making recommendations and projections for school facilities statewide. The data were taken from an in-depth study of new schools under construction during 1995-1996. Additional information was collected through telephone surveys with district staff, architects, and contractors involved in the projects. The sample was comprised of 28 schools. It was found that the cost of building a new school ranged from $2,680,055 to $14,962,270. The average square footage per student was 104, the average costs per sf was $83, and the average cost per student was $12,017. Architectural fees ranged from $1.19 per building sf to $6.68 per building sf. The critical condition of schools in the state, which was evaluated in an earlier study, was then compared to new construction and additions. Results indicate that 35 schools had critical needs, with many schools having some type of severe problem. Recommendations include selecting an architect on a project-by-project basis and ensuring that the contract bid out in the spring, one year prior to opening. (Contains 11 references, 13 figures, and 9 exhibits.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Dept. of Education, Phoenix.