Paving the Way to a Better Future
Below is the timeline proposed for the development of the new Thomas Jefferson High School.
The timeline is broken into three phases: the Programming Phase (marked in blue), the Design Phase (marked in green), and the Construction Phase (marked in orange).
What do you want to achieve with the building? – Programming is a process of discovering the “vision” and the “scope” of an architectural project. “Vision” addresses community values and the overarching aspirations and goals for a successful project. “Scope” addresses the required functions – the size and characteristics of every space in the new high school. Programming is also a process of prioritizing needs and wants – reconciling the scope with the project budget.
How do we design it? – Schematic Design is the phase of the design wherein the design team creates drawings and computer models that illustrate the concept for the new high school. The design concept is derived from the programming scope and goals – and establishes the site and building plans, form, image and character of the design. Schematic design is iterative. Design options are explored and shared for review and approval by the community stakeholders.
How is it built? – Design develop takes the schematic design concept a step further – adding architectural detail and integrating building systems such as HVAC, plumbing, power and information / educational technology. We will begin to think about materials and color, as well as a much more detailed description, in drawing of the characteristics of every functional space – from the classrooms to the auditorium. Some drawings become more like instructions for builders with a great deal of precision and may be used to apply for Development Permits etc. Other drawings become refined, photo-realistic renderings to convey design intentions and for presentation to committees, for marketing, fundraising and other purposes.
How do we explain to others how to build it? – Here, detail is developed so that a contractor can actually build the project. Work of the structural, mechanical, and electrical engineers will be coordinated to minimize discrepancies between the various systems. Written specifications that dictate the performance and quality of each component of the building will be created.
Bidding / Negotiation / Review / Award
Who builds it? – In this phase of the project, the drawings and specifications become bid documents and are made available to potential contractors for pricing. Bids are then evaluated for selection of the winning contractor and ultimately award of a contract for construction. Construction is expected to begin in early 2016.
How do we make sure design intentions are realized on time and on budget? – Programming is a process of discovering the vision and the scope of an architectural project. Vision addresses community values and the overarching aspirations and goals for a successful project. Scope addresses the required functions – the size and characteristics of every space in the new high school. Programming is also a process of prioritizing needs and wants – reconciling the scope with the project budget. Currently, the total cost of the new building is estimated to be approximately $86,000,000, with occupancy for the 2018-2019 school year.
New School Occupancy
What is the target move-in date for the new high school? – We anticipate occupancy of the new Thomas Jefferson High School beginning the 2018-2019 school year. Therefore, the class of 2019 (8th graders during the 2014-2015 school year) will be the first graduating class of the new high school. The class of 2018 (freshmen during the 2014-2015 school year) will be the last class to graduate from the current building.
How did we do it? How could it be improved? – The new building is only part of the overall success of this project. As buildings evolve for 21st century learning, teachers need professional development to support the changing pedagogy. Supported by downloadable tools, the building can become part of the curriculum through sustainability, STEM, or multiculturalism.
In addition, through post-occupancy surveys, we can help you understand how your building is working to support learning – providing a tool for continuous improvement.