ERIC Number: EJ862979
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
The Long Haul
Erickson, Paul W.
American School & University, v81 n12 p12-15 Jul 2009
Most educational institutions have faced the decision whether to demolish, abandon or sell a facility. This article discusses how institutions can decide whether to renovate or build new. The author suggests to develop a campus- or districtwide master plan. A long-range master plan includes assessments of deferred maintenance, educational adequacy, life-cycle comparisons, construction costs (short- and long-term), parity and equity, mandates and code compliance. The assessments take into account the institution's teaching mission and educational philosophy. Master planning helps to measure a building's useful life, identify needed improvements and map out its future as it relates to enrollment demographics and educational adequacy. The process for decision-making is more all-encompassing than setting a "percentage threshold" comparison to replacement cost.
Descriptors: Master Plans, School Construction, Educational Facilities Improvement, Long Range Planning, Educational Facilities Planning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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