A Closer Look At New School Specifications

The Maryland Reporter‘s coverage of MACo’s recent School Construction Symposium focuses on a discussion about increasing requirements for schools as the reason for some of the size and cost increases of schools over the past several years.

As described in the Reporter, in a presentation at the Symposium by David Lever, Executive Director of the Interagency Committee on School Construction,

Factors driving more space include:

  • Universal all-day kindergarten, and growing pre-kindergarten in many jurisdictions;
  • More special needs students requiring Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and the rooms to implement them;
  • Early childhood intervention space;
  • More “itinerant” support staff, teachers and counselors;
  • More computer labs and science labs, even at the elementary level;
  • More storage space because “There’s simply too much stuff in classrooms;”
  • Oversized gymnasiums for community recreation services;
  • Fire codes that have become more stringent.

For more coverage, see the Maryland ReporterIs Maryland building ‘Cadillacs or Buicks’ for its new public schools?