PUSD Facilities Master Planning 2015-16

Sunday, January 10th, 2016 - Posted in All District News Modernization

The Facilities Master Plan process combines the goals of PUSD’s Education Specifications and the information collected by the design team (including facility assessments) into a comprehensive plan for the schools of the Piedmont Unified School District. The main product of the facility needs assessment and Facilities Master Plan is a detailed proposal for renovations and/or additions to be made at each school campus.

Click on the following link to review the PUSD Facilities Master Plan:

Piedmont Unified School District Master Plan

PUSD Conceptual Proposals – Facilities Master Planning

The facilities master planning process takes into account all of the information on the District’s facilities, the needs and desires of faculty, staff and the community and projections about future District needs and creates a comprehensive plan for each campus that addresses these issues. The plan looks at issues holistically and creatively to find unique and inventive solutions that fit the specific needs of each campus and community. The final Facilities Master Plan document provides a clear narrative and graphic summary of the proposed facilities improvements for each campus and also provides the detailed information necessary to successfully plan and implement the improvements.

In order to help the community understand the various issues surrounding the Facilities Master Plan, the District developed a Frequently Asked Questions document.  Please click on the following link to learn more about master planning across the District:

PUSD Facilities Master Planning FAQ

Additional Community Outreach

In order to provide context to the many conversations regarding the adequacy of PUSD Secondary facilities to support current and future educational programs, the District hosted public tours of various buildings at Piedmont High School, Millennium High School, and Piedmont Middle School. All members of the public were welcome to attend.

The Board also hosted a special Facilities Master Planning Board Workshop on December 14, 2015 – 9:00am – 11:00am at the PUSD District Office.

Click here to review the Board Presentation of the PUSD Facilities Master Plan.

PUSD also hosted  Community Outreach Meetings to solicit additional input. These meetings occurred in the PHS Student Center on:

January 12th – 7:00pm – 8:30pm, and

January 19th – 7:00pm – 8:30pm


Facilities Master Plan Goals
Our goals for the Facilities Master Plan document are as follows:

  • Support the District’s Educational Specifications for expanding and enhancing 21st century learning environments.
  • Create a long-term vision for the facilities of each school campus that aligns with the Educational Program.
  • Provide a detailed, prioritized list of facilities needs for each site with cost information.
  • Provide a clear Implementation Plan that prioritizes and identifies how the improvements could be funded and constructed.
  • Provide clear documentation of the Master Plan and the process of developing it.
  • Clearly document and illustrate facilities needs to support and guide a bond measure.

Working closely with QK Architecture, PUSD has completed the initial phases of facility master planning: Facility Site Assessment, Education Specification Meetings, and Site Planning Meetings.


Facility Site Assessment

QKA Architects, Pete Palmer – PUSD Director of Facilities, and PUSD Maintenance staff performed a facility site assessment at each campus. The purpose of the assessment is to identify those improvements and remedial up-grades, along with their associated costs, required to provide safe, secure and well-maintained campuses, appropriate to the needs of current and future educational programs for the foreseeable future.

The team visually surveyed the existing conditions at each campus, with follow-up reviews at selected sites that were more complex, or had a greater number of issues. For documentation, the team took on-the-spot notes and photographs of each site during the walkthroughs, with the aim of illustrating typical examples of facility deficiencies, and Division of State Architect (DSA) non-compliant construction or Code requirements.

Additionally, the District provided the architects with electronic scans of drawings for each of the campuses. These drawings documented the school’s original buildings, as well as modernization projects added over the years.

Click here to review the Facilities Assessment Reports:

Facility Assessment Report – Part 1

Facility Assessment Report – Part 2


Educational Specifications

Educational Specifications comprise the educational vision of a school district. They are a map of how teachers want to be teaching their students–and how physical facilities can support that teaching. The educational specifications also detail standards for the size of, and amenities included in, classrooms, libraries, multipurpose rooms, gymnasiums, outdoor spaces, and offices. The California Department of Education requires that districts have Ed Specs in place before beginning new facility projects.

PUSD’s Education Specification Committee consists of nearly 30 teachers and administrators from across the district.

Click here for the Educational Specifications Report.

Education Specifications are completed in two parts: Educational Program and Building Program.


Educational Program: The Educational Program is provided by the District and focuses on pedagogy, curricula, learning support programs, activities, and persons to be served. Prior to any Facilities Master Planning, districts typically have developed elements of their Educational Program that may impact facilities. Examples include the use of Small Learning Environment, class sizes, Career Technical Education, other special programs, integration of technology in the curriculum, etc. During the Education Specifications process the architects will ask questions about elements of PUSD’s Education Program that may impact facilities.

Building Program: The architects translate the language of education into the language of buildings. Relying on the District’s Education Program, QKA will facilitate four meetings with the Education Specification Committee to develop the Building Program portion of the plan. The Building Program will detail facility needs and standards including space sizes, features, adjacencies, etc. that support the District’s Educational Program. This document will be divided into the three grade levels that reflect our schools. During this work QKA will lead in the development of the Building Program but needs guidance from educators in interpreting requirements and determining priorities.

Now that the Education Specification process is complete, PUSD will host Site Planning Meetings at each site.


Site Planning Meetings

Because of the dependence on Education Specifications for master planning, PUSD held Site Planning Meetings in October-December 2015. Site Planning Meetings were hosted at individual school sites to facilitate discussions about the facility needs of each respective school. Participants included educators, students, families, and community members.


Cost Estimates

Piedmont Unified School District is dedicated to providing an excellent education that prepares and inspires students for whatever educational and career paths they may pursue.  To that end, the District is assessing whether its facilities support changing educational programs and goals, and making plans to ensure that facilities enhance educational programs now and in the future.  This process, called “facilities master planning,” is intended to further the District’s fundamental goal of educational excellence.

Once a Facilities Master Plan is adopted, it will serve as a long-range planning document that will guide short-term and long-term facilities improvements.  The District cannot afford to address everything in the Plan at one time, and that is not the intent.  Instead, the Plan is intended to be implemented in phases.   The Board of Education will prioritize improvements based on educational needs and goals, considering input from the school community, broader Piedmont community, and City of Piedmont.

District staff estimates that, if all work identified in the Facilities Master Plan were to be addressed in a single (multi-year) phase, the total cost would be roughly $137 million.  This estimate includes hard costs (cost of construction), soft costs (architectural and engineering fees, fees for design review by the Division of the State Architect, inspection and permit fees, utility fees, estimated price escalation over the next few years, and furnishings, fixtures, and equipment), and contingency funds.  This preliminary estimate is detailed below.

Please note that actual costs will depend on the scope and sequence of each phase, which have yet to be determined.

PUSD FMP Preliminary Cost Estimates – 2-26-16


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