As the winter break approaches, there is a lot of SMART news to report! SMART facilities projects continue to make progress and are on track to be completed within the original five to seven-year time frame! Currently, there are 772 school facilities projects in various phases of the SMART process, which includes 71 new projects initiated since the last SMART update. This marks an overall investment of $515 million as of November 30, 2016.
School Choice Enhancement Program Projects:
The total number of schools Districtwide with School Choice Enhancement Program (SCEP) projects underway is now up to 140, an increase from 110! The District is excited to begin the SCEP projects at the 30 additional schools ahead of schedule. The work was originally scheduled to begin in January 2017.
As part of the SMART initiative, every District school receives $100,000 to improve the condition of instructional and educational spaces at their school. To learn more about the SCEP process, check out this new informational brochure at: browardschools.com/document/scep
SMART Facilities Highlights:
In November 2016, SMART projects at three schools – whose combined project budgets total over$17 million, received School Board approval to begin the process of hiring design teams (phase two).
- Boyd Anderson High School (District 5) $5,157,000
- Charles W. Flanagan High School (District 2) $8,654,000
- Charles Drew Family Resource Center (District 7) $3,278,000 _
In November 2016, SMART projects at three schools received School Board approval to hire Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) contractors to work alongside approved design firms during the pre-construction phase of these projects. Hiring the contractors at this early stage in the design process is a valuable step to ensure a seamless and faster transition from designing to implementing improvements.
- Stranahan High School (District 3): Replace non-ADA compliant concrete ramps and install aluminum canopies, single point of entry, fire sprinklers, fire alarm, weight room renovation, roof and loggias replacement, STEM lab improvements, media center improvements, HVAC improvements, and electrical improvements
- Northeast High School (District 3): Single point of entry, safety/security upgrades, fire sprinklers, fire alarm, weight room renovation, STEM lab improvements, HVAC improvements, electrical improvements, re-roofing, and ADA renovations related to educational adequacy
- Blanche Ely High School (District 7): Gymnasium accessibility, ADA stage lift, outdoor dining renovation, fire sprinklers, single point of entry, weight room renovation, HVAC improvements, building envelope improvements, STEM lab improvements, media center improvements, and IAQ and fascia replacement
In November 2016, SMART projects at two schools received School Board approval to begin the process of preparing drawings/plans for contractors (phase three).
- Oakridge Elementary School (District 1): Single point of entry, replace fire alarm system, improvements to Building 2, media center improvements, HVAC improvements, and building envelope improvements
- Annabel C. Perry Pre-K – 8 School (District 1): Fire sprinklers, fire alarm, building envelope improvements, HVAC improvements, and electrical improvements