Frederick County Executive Talks School Construction with Dr. Lever

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner spoke with Dr. David Lever of the Public School Construction Program in the latest episode of Community Conversations, a weekly show on Frederick County Government TV designed to keep the citizens of Frederick County informed and involved with their local government. Gardner spoke about: The process of building a school and partnership with the … Continue reading Frederick County Executive Talks School Construction with Dr. Lever

School Construction Workforce Shortages – Bracing the Gaps

Maryland school construction costs have more than doubled since the early 2000s. One possible contributing factor to increasing costs is construction workforce shortages in an industry that has seen several ups and downs over the past decade. This issue was the subject of a panel discussion during MACo’s School Construction Symposium, which was held on … Continue reading School Construction Workforce Shortages – Bracing the Gaps

School Construction Symposium Draws Crowd

On June 30, MACo’s School Construction Symposium opened at Rolling Knolls Elementary School in Anne Arundel County for an audience of county, state and school officials, and members of the construction industry. The Symposium drew experts together to share ways to mitigate rising school construction costs, including growing Maryland’s construction workforce, building prototype school designs, … Continue reading School Construction Symposium Draws Crowd

Thank You Sponsors of MACo’s School Construction Symposium

MACo would like to thank Corvias for being the event sponsor of MACo’s School Construction Symposium on June 30, which will discuss current topics in school construction including unmet costs, workforce gaps, dollar-saving designs, and public-private partnerships. Also thank you to Energy Systems Group, LLC & KCI Technologies, Inc. for co-sponsoring the event. Corvias helps public sector institutions partner … Continue reading Thank You Sponsors of MACo’s School Construction Symposium

Maryland Plans to Hire Interim School Construction Director

The Interagency Committee on School Construction seeks a temporary replacement for the State’s top school construction post as a legislative commission considers changes to the permanent job description. David Lever, Executive Director of Maryland’s Public School Construction Program announced his plan to resign effective September 1, 2016 this spring. Now, the Interagency Committee on School Construction … Continue reading Maryland Plans to Hire Interim School Construction Director

If Housing Eats the US Economy, What Happens to School Construction Costs?

An analysis in the Washington Post‘s Wonkblog predicts continued steady and robust growth in the home construction industry over the next five years, causing labor shortages and changes to American lifestyles. The biggest business story of the next five years, as described in the Washington Post‘s wonkblog is “a capacity-constrained U.S. economy where the housing sector is … Continue reading If Housing Eats the US Economy, What Happens to School Construction Costs?

MACo School Construction Symposium To Target Key Issues

On June 30, the Maryland Association of Counties will host a one-day conference to discuss current topics in school construction including unmet costs, workforce gaps, dollar-saving designs, and public-private partnerships.  MACo School Construction Symposium The Symposium will cover four session topics and include: A tour of the recently opened Rolling Knolls Elementary; and A lunch and learn discussion, 21st Century Factors that Shape Our Schools Session … Continue reading MACo School Construction Symposium To Target Key Issues

Dr. Lever Resigns From Top School Construction Position

Dr. David Lever has resigned from his role as head of the Interagency Committee on School Construction. Following a charged meeting of the Board of Public Works today, Dr. David Lever has resigned. His resignation from the Interagency Committee on School Construction (IAC) will be effective September 1, 2016. Lever described in his resignation letter how deferral … Continue reading Dr. Lever Resigns From Top School Construction Position

2016 End of Session Wrap-Up: School Construction

This post summarizes the status of public school construction legislation that MACo supported, opposed, or supported with amendments in the 2016 General Assembly Session. General Assembly approves $280M for FY 2017 capital improvement program  for school construction. The State’s Capital Budget provides a $280 million allocation to the capital improvement program (CIP) for school construction in 2017. This funding is similar to the … Continue reading 2016 End of Session Wrap-Up: School Construction

Bill May Threaten Cooperative Purchasing in School Construction

A bill advancing in the General Assembly may threaten cooperative purchasing practices by school systems for construction and repair of school buildings. These cost-saving practices are intended to help the State keep pace with renovation and maintenance of aging school buildings. According to the Department of Legislative Services, Board of Public Works regulations currently require local school systems to use … Continue reading Bill May Threaten Cooperative Purchasing in School Construction