7. Why doesn’t the district scale-back the construction projects?
Throughout the entire design process the team has focused on opportunities for value engineering (cost reductions).
The district elected early in the Blakely replacement project to gain approval from the state to use an alternative construction delivery method called general contractor/construction management (GC/CM). This method allows the contractor to work alongside the district and architect to use cost-effective designs, materials and minimize site costs.
The district is committed to building 50+ year schools that have a high degree of energy efficiency and ease of maintenance. The district’s buildings are designed to meet 21st Century Learning environments while maximizing flexibility. As educational programs evolve, our buildings need to support change and provide the ability to address changes to the island’s population in the future.