Quantitative Facility Analysis

An Overview of the October 2015 Presentation to the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials

INTRODUCTION

Groth Design Group and BLDD Architects plan and design school facilities. But substantive means and methods for comparing the educational adequacy of design concepts have remained elusive.

QLEO – Quantified Learning Environment Outcomes, is a proprietary master plan modeling and analysis software program developed by BLDD Architects. The purpose of the program is to provide school districts with an effective tool to make better decisions regarding the educational benefits and costs of varied design concepts than are available through traditional approaches to planning and design.

The foundations of the program are found in standards for educational adequacy assessments developed by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International, a leading “advocate for excellence in student learning environments.”

The overview provided in this Groth Design Group ThoughtHub! is a very brief summary of the Best Practices presentation to be made by BLDD Architects and Groth Design Group at the annual Fall Conference of the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials on October 8, 2015 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Dr. David Dude, Chief Operations Officer of the Iowa City Community School District will join the BLDD and Groth Design Group presentation team in sharing a case study regarding the impact of the quantified analysis approach to facility planning.

We hope you will join us.


HOW WILL YOUR PRESENT BECOME YOUR FUTURE?  BY ACCIDENT OR BY DESIGN?

Facilities require continued investment to meet the varying demands of enrollment change, educational delivery change and building upkeep. Cost effective buildings can impact student performance and enable communities to achieve the best value for the funds invested.

Which scenario should the district consider in response to needs?

  • Build new?
  • Renovate existing?
  • Expand existing?
  • Retire existing facilities?
  • A combination of these?

QLEO is designed to aid districts in choosing the best facility planning scenario for the community’s educational future.

Utilizing the analysis methodology embodied in the program, districts can compare optional planning scenarios and make objective decisions about facility content and investment for the long run.

QLEO projects and compares both the COSTS and BENEFITS of multiple Master Plan Scenarios.

Image 31)  LIFE CYCLE COSTS are developed by the architect after a detailed needs assessment of current facility conditions and expenses is performed.

2)  EDUCATION ADEQUACY is a measurement of how well district facilities support 21st century educational delivery.  Scoring is based on questions developed by the CEFPI (Council of Educational Facility Planners International) and is developed with school district teachers and curriculum experts.

3)   Comparing the life cycle costs and educational adequacy of district building(s) allows the architect to QUANTIFY the relationship between the scenarios.  This COST/BENEFIT ANALYSIS creates a logic based analysis identifying the scenario that provides the best value; the best educational environment, and the best use of school district funds; an analysis that stands up to rigorous public scrutiny.

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Developed by BLDD Architects, QLEO is a master plan modeling and analysis software program which provides far more objective information for decision-making than traditional methods. QLEO is designed to help vision become reality and help districts receive maximum value for each dollar of capital investment.

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For more information about QLEO, please contact BLDD Architects:

info@bldd.com | 844.784.4440