Since the last SMART Update, eight new SMART projects have been initiated, bringing the total number of facilities projects to 879 in various phases of the SMART process. This marks an investment of $614 million as of January 31, 2017. The SMART program remains on track to be completed within five to seven years, as originally promised. *Figures below represent the value of projects currently in each phase.
SMART Small Projects Team:
The District’s Owner Representative (Heery International), which is responsible for implementing the SMART renovation work, has established a Small Projects Team to focus on identifying and advancing smaller, single scope SMART facilities projects. Utilizing this dedicated team promotes the fast tracking of smaller SMART projects, while the core team is focused on moving the more complex projects through the phased process.
As of January 31, 2017, the Small Projects Team has made progress on several SMART projects, including Single Point of Entry (SPE) projects, fencing and gates, and other small projects assigned to the team. Thirty SPE projects have been assigned to architects and are moving expeditiously through design, with implementation anticipated for summer 2017. Additionally, 10 fencing projects assigned to the Small Projects Team are scheduled to be completed by spring 2017. Seven other projects, from playground shade structures to installing a new marquee, are also slated for completion this summer.
Boyd Anderson High School's Media Center Nears Completion:
Students at Boyd Anderson High School will welcome spring 2017 with a new media center! Renovations are progressing according to plan and remain on track to be completed in mid-March.
“The SMART bond has provided our students and staff with greater access to technology by significantly increasing the number of laptops in our 7th – 12th grade classrooms. We upgraded our computer lab in preparation for our new digital technology program, which will include the implementation of the CODE.org program. Access to this technology is a great tool for our teachers to use with differentiating instruction, implementing project-based learning, TV production and morning announcements. The goal is to prepare our students for the 21st century marketplace.”
SMART Facilities Highlights:
In January 2017, four schools received School Board approval to begin the design process (Phase 3), which involves developing the design, preparing the relevant drawings or plans, and obtaining any building permits/approvals that will be needed for the implementation of the improvements. The following schools are on their way to design:
- Atlantic West Elementary School (District 7) - HVAC safety/ventilation, fire sprinklers, media center improvements, HVAC improvements and building envelope improvements
- Pasadena Lakes Elementary School (District 1) - Fire sprinklers, media center improvements, HVAC improvements including building one rooftop unit replacement and building envelope improvements
- Plantation Middle School (District 5)- Fire sprinklers, HVAC improvements, electrical improvements, building envelope improvements and media center improvements
- West Hollywood Elementary School (District 1) - Fire alarm, HVAC improvements and building envelope improvements
School Choice Enhancement Projects:
SMART work continues to move forward at 140 schools with School Choice Enhancement Program projects underway. As a reminder, each District school will receive $100,000 to improve the condition of instructional and educational spaces.
Each month, we highlight some of the School Choice Enhancement Program projects in progress. This month, we’re spotlighting: