BC Ministry of Education Projects

Review of the Capital Project Procurement Process for Schools, BC - 2007

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We were retained by the Ministry of Education as part of a team to review the process for defining major capital projects. Our role focused on the definition of capital projects through a process known as ‘feasibilty studies’. We examined several recent projects to learn where problems were encountered. We also consulted with school district officials and others involved in the capital procurement process. Completed in 2007.

Review of Secondary School, New Westminster, BC - 2007

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We were asked to review the enrolment forecasts and other planning premises underlying a proposed replacement secondary school. Completed in 2007.

School Construction Cost Review, BC - 1998

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We participated in a multi-disciplinary review of construction costs for schools in British Columbia. Our role focused on the identification of ways to reduce costs based on the program of requirements. Completed in 1998.

School Utilization Study, BC - 1996

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The objective of our study was to develop a method for evaluating the utilization of school facilities. We worked closely with the School Facilities Branch of the Ministry of Education to define an appropriate method and describe that method to School Districts in the province. Completed in 1996.

School Building Manual, BC - 1992

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We worked closely with a group of Ministry of Education staff and consultants to draft a replacement to the current BC Schools Facilities Building Manual. Our work included the development of an effective facilities delivery process focusing on the roles of the Ministry and individual School Districts. In addition, we formulated clearly articulated space standards for school facilities. The manual also incorporated the financial procedures necessary to implement a building project. Completed in 1992.

School Facilities Study, BC - 1989

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The purpose of this major study was to recommend improvements to policies and procedures for the planning and management of school facilities. We consulted with a broad spectrum of persons with an interest in the planning and use of schools. This involvement focused on a pair of full-day workshops as well as several meetings with a Steering Committee. Analysis and research included interviews with key persons, case studies, and contact with other education jurisdictions. Our report presented proposed changes that responded to two key principles. First, planning and management of school facilities should incorporate effective participation by the community and building users. Second, school districts should have greater functional autonomy by improving their capabilities to plan, deliver and manage facilities. We focused on proposed improvements that could be directly influenced by the Ministry. Completed in 1989.