Back to the Future on School Construction

The former Maryland Planning Secretary testifies before a Commission seeking to modernize the State’s school construction program. At this week’s meeting of the the 21st Century School Facilities Commission, the Commission heard testimony today from former Secretary of Planning, Rich Hall. During this presentation, Hall emphasized the value of the current system of school construction project review … Continue reading Back to the Future on School Construction

Predictability in School Construction Funding

Two meetings in Annapolis yesterday raised the predictability of funding for local school systems alongside goals of debt restraint and ideas for reform of funding decision processes.  In a morning meeting of the Capital Debt Affordability Committee this week, the Committee heard presentations from the Department of Budget and Management  and the public school construction program, among others. A few … Continue reading Predictability in School Construction Funding

Rising to the Surface in School Construction

As counties and the State’s 21st Century School Facilities Commission study school construction, a few topics emerge as focal points for change. At this year’s MACo Conference, Chair of the 21st Century School Facilities Commission, Martin Knott, and MACo’s representative to the Commission, Jan Gardner shared insights into school constuction in a panel moderated by Delegate … Continue reading Rising to the Surface in School Construction

‘Systemic Renovations’ Use More Than 1/3 of State School Construction Funding

A publication from the Interagency Committee on School Construction lists the projects that will receive funding in the 2017 fiscal year. The Summary of Project Requests & Approvals reports an FY 2017 school construction allocation of $368 million from the State with funding for 208 out of 263 project requests. The $368 million consists of $280 million FY … Continue reading ‘Systemic Renovations’ Use More Than 1/3 of State School Construction Funding

Counties Call For Smarter School Construction Investment

County government officials kicked off a day of stakeholder input to the 21st Century School Facilities Commission this week in Annapolis. Representatives of Allegany, Frederick, Harford, Queen Anne’s and Anne Arundel counties shared recommendations for how to improve the school capital improvement program, including specific suggestions to modify the timing of project approvals, incentivize value-engineering, … Continue reading Counties Call For Smarter School Construction Investment

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