There are 6 distinct phases involved in the roadmap to success for the Natomas Facility Master Plan.
Planning and Discovery. The critical first step organizes the program plan and finalizes the approach to the facility master plan. The. Core Planning Group is selected from key district representatives to serve as the district voice to establish goals and objectives and provide input to the DLR Group team in the FMP process. Additionally during this phase, key information on the district is gathered, such as school site drawings, enrollment data and strategic goals. The phase culminates in the Guiding Principles Summit to establish the design goals and objectives for all future projects that will occur in the district moving forward.
Facility Condition and Needs assessment. A critical early step in the process is to work with district staff to create criteria for the assessment of each school site. After training the DLR Group of assessors in the criteria specific to Natomas USD, the team visits each school site to assess the physical conditions looking for shortfalls and areas in need of repair and upgrading. Those items are then identified in a report and the school site is graded from A to F in a number of categories and overall and upgrade costs are developed. A second set of site visits occurs by the DLR Group design team members to review the educational and functional adequacy conditions.
Community Outreach. During the Facility assessments and the early stages of master planning, forums are being held at four sites across Natomas USD. These meetings are open to all community members, from teachers to parents to students to businesses. During these forums, the DLR group team provides a presentation on the future of school design and then community members provide feedback on concerns at each school site to address during the future development of the school.
Educational specifications. Occurring during the assessment me master planning phases, educational specifications will develop the baseline information for success required in each school in setting standards of parity for each school site. Additionally, the specifications will further define the desired learning environment in classrooms and school wide by providing standards for physical and curriculum based issues. Among the physical items to be identified are: technology, finishes, equipment, furniture, room sizes and configurations, including a look at 21st century learning environments. The specifications involve key district teachers, administrators and facility personnel and will be created for elementary, middle and high school levels.
Master Plan Development. After assessing each site and receiving feedback from the community and the new educational specifications, the design team develops plans for the future of each school site. The master plans created for each school are a graphic representation that identifies new construction, remodels, reconfigurations and repurposing of each school site. The colorful master plans are coordinated with a master project list and project costs to become the roadmap to success for each site.
Implementation. Where do we go from here is the question asked as we enter this phase. Working with the district and community, we will finalize the project lists and costs and develop priorities for projects on each site. A funding plan will also be developed and projects identified to match the funding opportunities. The final plan is then presented to the school, board of trustees for approval.