Education Facilities Vision

With the assistance of an Executive Advisory Committee, a community engagement process was developed for the visioning and specifications portion of the project. Sixteen groups and organizations representing emerging and underrepresented constituents of the District were engaged in questions about how to create and provide school environments that nurture, inspire, and challenge students that are safe, healthy and accessible to all. Notes from these conversations can be found in the Appendix of the Education Facilities Visioning document. The vision process also incorporates the community engagement efforts of the Office of School Modernization prior to the successful November 2012 vote on the District’s school construction bond proposal.

View the Education Facilities Vision Document


Educational Specifications (Ed Specs)

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. Ed Specs provide information to architects for the design of school facilities and include space, furnishing, site, program and performance requirements

  • This information is incorporated into the school design drawings to ensure that educational facilities adequately support the educational program. 
  • The planning principles should guide design decisions.
  • As a specific school building is modernized, the district wide 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.

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