To fulfill the ideals outlined in their mission, the CUSD governing board voted to develop a facilities master plan. A Master Plan is a living document that connects Cabrillo Unified School District’s diverse and rich heritage with its vibrant future by defining a set of guiding principles and facility projects that will align its built environment with its strategic vision, acting as a long-term blueprint for meeting the changing facility needs of the district. The master plan is the keystone of district planning and possibly the most important tool available to direct and guide the use of district resources. As a living document, the master plan will continue to evolve to address the ever changing needs of a dynamic district.
Developed with input from the Half Moon Bay community and CUSD staff, the master plan provides a framework and foundation for the future of the District. Its intention is to provide continual improvement for the next generation of students and families. To keep this living document relevant and a fully functional decision shaping tool, it is expected and necessary that it be modified as the variables shaping a district change (demographic shifts, growth in technology, changes in regulations and community needs…etc). These updates are necessary to assure that the districts strategic vision is viable and appropriate.
WLC prepared the District-wide Facilities Master Plan for 49 campuses including 6 high schools, 7 middle schools, and 36 elementary schools in the Capistrano Unified School District.
The Facilities Master Plan for West Contra Costa Unified School District formed the basis for the two West Contra Costa General Obligation Bonds totaling $1.5 billion in local expenditures. WLC was also retained as the District-wide Master Architect and in that role oversaw the work of other Architects who were brought in to implement some of the targeted projects through construction. The District-wide Facilities Master Plan was a broad scope, with very specific tasks that covered the District’s 57 campuses including 6 high schools, 6 middle schools, and 45 elementary schools.
The Facilities Needs Assessment process included the complete review of all of the District’s facilities, including student populations, site capacity, facilities conditions, and a rough order of magnitude budget opinion to bring the current facilities to a “like new” condition, which included bringing technology infrastructure to the current standards used in comparable new school construction as well as the suitability of instruction, special programs, administrative, and support facilities.
The Fremont Unified School District recognized at the outset of the Facilities Needs Assessment that the input of the community, parents, staff, and students was critical to the success of the process. Two community meetings were held to receive community input and document important issues. An online community survey was also conducted which received 744 responses. In addition, over 54 hours of guided interviews and focus groups were conducted.
In order to meet the District’s aggressive schedule, the WLC/MGT team organized an intensive site visitation schedule and accomplished 42 assessments in just over three weeks, using three teams, who walked at least two separate elementary or middle schools or other District special facilities per day. Each high school took the teams a day to assess.
Complete Campus Master Plans including building, systems and infrastructure analysis were provided. The project also included facilities assessment and analysis of the four Peralta campuses totaling over 1.5 million sf. The purpose of the Master Plan was to integrate the District Strategic Plan, the colleges Educational Master Plan and our site and facilities analysis into a cohesive document that addressed the colleges facility needs through the year 2022. It provided direction for improving facilities and offered a road map for future space requirements and infrastructure needs on each campus.