This year’s Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) Conference focuses on the opportunities and challenges that Proposition 51 funding presents for school districts and their private sector partners, and also hosts workshops and discussions about a broad range of school facility hot topics, emerging issues, and industry best practices. This year, HMC’s Kevin Wilkeson, Julie Strauss, and Mary Morris will be presenting and sharing their expertise about certification letters, planning and program management, maintenance and operations, and bond programs.

Coalition for Adequate School Housing 38th Annual Conference
February 20-22, 2017
Sacramento Convention Center

Monday, February 20, 2017

Getting That Closed with Certification Letter is Important, But There’s More Than That to Successful Project Closure
Presented by Kevin Wilkeson, HMC Architects

Of course the holy grail of public school construction projects is a Closed with Certification letter from DSA. But there are plenty of other steps in the process that can derail the quest for a successful project. Legal/contractual, practical, and cultural issues need tending to as well in order to ensure both short- and long-term success. An attorney, architect, contractor, and a DSA representative will share their expertise—and their unique points of view—to assist you on your journey.

Planning and Program Management 201

Jessica Mears, Santa Ana USD; Julie Strauss, HMC Architects/School Advisors

This presentation will discuss advanced topics in school facilities planning. The workshop is designed to provide those involved in planning school facilities with the tools needed to make data-driven, cost-effective decisions about current and projected facility needs. The presentation will cover an in-depth how-to on the following planning topics:

1. Preparing a needs analysis that is multifaceted and highly functional.

2. Preparing a capacity analysis with the ability to adapt to various enrollment and program changes from year to year

3. Step-by-step how to complete applications for State new construction and modernization funds.

4. Developing a successful project and the tools needed to get through project closeout.

Attend this workshop to walk away with great take-home templates!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Maintenance and Operations 101/201
Julie Strauss, HMC Architects/School Advisors

Providing stakeholders defensible, data-driven information in support of the maintenance budget can be summarized in reports, but requires a method to collect, track, and report useful life of equipment and systems. Using the Deferred Maintenance Program definition of systems list, this workshop seeks to provide attendees with equipment/systems management methods and reporting samples to communicate needs and status of district property, equipment, and systems, in budgetary format for better decision making.

The REAL Inside Story of Successful (and Unsuccessful) Bond Programs
William Savidge, K12 School Facilities; Mary Morris, HMC Architects; Mark Kelley, Dannis Woliver Kelley; and Alan Reising, Long Beach Unified School District

There are identifiable factors that determine whether a bond program succeeds or fails, and many of them are within your control. A panel of seasoned professionals with decades of experience will outline the key approaches that must be taken for a program to succeed, and the critical things that a district must not do or risk disaster. We’ll look at sound master planning and program implementation strategies with realistic scope and budgets; prioritizing and enabling district staff; picking the right consultants with appropriate processes; developing and maintaining good relations with the public, the media, the CBOC, and the Board; the right and wrong ways for project delivery; serious program controls and expenditure tracking; setting and following realistic project schedules; and understanding the metrics for success of your program. True inside stories will be shared, many without naming names…

Full STEAM Ahead: Design Thinking, Changing Pedagogy and Three Stories of School Transformation
Brian Meyers, HMC Architects

STEM/STEAM is no longer just the “next best thing” in education. The response to this educational model has been inspiring school transformation across California and proper planning of your facilities to effectively deliver the curriculum is paramount. As districts across the state gear up for facilities construction, it is extremely important that educators’ voices shape the design and renovation of our school facilities to support the educational outcomes for our students. Join us as we look through the lens of educators, architects, and district facilities pros who are reshaping our existing schools to meet the demands of rigorous science, technology, engineering, arts and math curriculum.

Our panelists will discuss both small steps and large leaps that they have made in implementing STEAM through Project-Based learning, community and business partnerships, and teacher development and training. We’ll explore how a facilities program—Maker Spaces and Science Spaces, Arts Spaces and Outdoor Learning—can be a catalyst for the educational vision, building flexibility into existing learning environments with technology, furnishings, and fun! Let’s roll up our sleeves, share our successes and failures, and learn from the educators what they need to take their programs full STEAM ahead!