Facilities Condition Assessment Report Helps District Plan for the Future
Dallas ISD takes seriously the responsibility of maintaining its 227 schools, dozen sports arenas, and numerous administrative offices, warehouses, and other facilities. Keeping the buildings in good operating condition requires a small army of maintenance staff in constant motion. Done on a timely schedule, maintenance promotes the academic progress and safety of staff and students, and increases employee productivity.
The task of performing maintenance while controlling costs falls to school board members and district leadership who are ever aware of their responsibility to ensure the effective use of citizens’ tax dollars. To identify and prioritize short- and long-term maintenance requirements, the district contracted with Parsons Environment & Infrastructure Group to evaluate the condition, maintenance needs, and life-cycle status of all existing buildings. The study’s findings are available for review at Facilities Condition Assessment Final Report.
The assessment included on-site physical inspections of 269 facilities, including schools, athletic fields and facilities, and administrative offices. The physical condition, repair options, maintenance and capital renewal needs, and the remaining expected life for each facility were reviewed. The assessment incorporated evaluations and interviews with Dallas ISD facility administrators and maintenance personnel.
The final report details recommendations regarding appropriate allocation of funds for the assessed buildings and prioritization of improvement needs over the next five years, as well as a plan to address needs through 2025. The report is a planning tool to assist trustees in making decisions needed to achieve short and long-term facility goals to provide students with high-quality schools that maximize their learning potential and prepare them for higher education.
Bond Projects Win Architecture Awards
Two of the District’s 2008 Bond Projects have been honored regionally and locally. The Engineering News-Record (ENR) Texas and Louisiana awarded Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc. with the 2014 Best Projects Competition Award for their work on Billy Earl Dade Middle School. An independent jury of four judges selected Billy Earl Dade Middle School from among more than 80 entries. The project will now advance to the national competition to be considered for one of ENR’s “Best of the Best” Awards.
In addition, Perkins+Will Architecture received the 2014 Built Design Award by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Dallas for their design work on Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Middle School. The Built Design Award is the highest recognition of works that exemplify excellence in built projects by Dallas architects.
“Construction Services believes that good design and quality construction contribute to student success and enrich the quality of life of the neighborhoods where they are situated,” said Ed Levine, DISD Construction Services Executive Director. “By creating spaces that are inspiring, comfortable and intellectually stimulating, teachers teach more effectively and student learning is enhanced. The 2008 Bond Program has garnered a number of design and construction awards for the District in our effort to reach these goals.