Educational Specifications (Ed Specs)
How did PPS develop District-Wide Educational Specifications?
Educational Specifications (Ed Specs), are a set of building design characteristics that establish the ways facilities support programs and curriculum. They also establish a baseline of equitable facilities standards for school construction efforts across PPS.
As a specific school building is modernized, the educational specifications are tailored through a master planning process to suit the individual school, program and community through staff, student and community engagement with design professionals.
Characteristics derived from Ed Specs will also inform regularly occurring program changes and space planning considerations in schools not undergoing full modernization.
How will PPS develop Educational Specifications?
A consultant team lead by DOWA – IBI Group Architects assisted the school district in the development of Ed Specs. The project team conducted meetings with teachers, administrators, and community partners. to discern opinions on the number, character, and composition of spaces in District schools needed to provide modern learning environments. These Ed Specs will serve as broad guidelines and standards that will be individually tailored to school sites as the school improvement bond progresses. On February 3 2014 the School Board formally approved the educational specifications.