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Educational Adequacy Analysis
An Educational Adequacy Analysis involves the evaluation of the building and site program. It addresses potential for future expansion; reviews programming, identifies shortfalls and makes recommendations for small and large scale capital improvements. An Educational Adequacy Analysis will make recommendations based on making the facilities more functional and attractive to students when compared to similar size educational facilities being constructed today. The analysis provides a concept plan, or a district-wide plan for phased projects and it can lay groundwork for a stronger referendum effort.
The Educational Adequacy Analysis process typically begins with an orientation visioning meeting with key staff. This first stage involves a needs assessment to identify known inadequacies. Once needs are determined, a "design charrette" will bring together the client group with the Architect and other team members. The charrette typically involves the creation of a Use Zoning Diagram or "bubble diagram" that applies the program and organizational needs to a site plan. This initial land use plan becomes more refined and detailed as it adapts to the particular needs of the building and site.
As ideas are presented and discussed, the process evolves and diagrammatic solutions to the needs are developed. Ultimately, the effort results in concept site and floor plans in support of current and projected future needs. These are best described as "look and feel" drawings. Cost estimates are developed by Healy | Bender and prioritized with key decision makers in order to justify short and long-term investments. The resulting plans become tools used for fundraising or referendum campaigns.