Industry News




11/07/2006

BEST Research Reveals Spending on U.S. School Construction

Growth and spending has been unprecedented, but less affluent districts saw smaller investment

 

Not since 1995, when the General Accountability Office released its School Facilities: Condition of America’s Schools report, has a comprehensive assessment of school construction activity in the United States been completed. A recent research effort by Building Educational Success Together (BEST), an initiative launched by the Washington, D.C.-based 21st Century School Fund, finally updates information that is outdated by more than a decade. The newly released report, GROWTH and DISPARITY: A Decade of U.S. Public School Condition, offers information on the condition of America’s public schools, as well as the motivation for and rate of new construction and modernization activity. Also revealed is information about school construction disparity from 1995-2004.

“This report has good news and troubling news. It reveals what is known in many local communities: school construction and building improvements have been booming,” says Mary W. Filardo, executive director at the 21st Century School Fund, in the report’s foreward. “But, our analysis also affirms our worst suspicions: Despite record spending on school construction, low-income and minority students, who already experience disadvantages, have had far less investment in their school facilities than their more affluent, white counterparts and the conditions for these students continues to be substandard.”

The following are a few highlights from the report’s executive summary:

  • Public school districts spent more than $304 billion (2005 dollars) in bricks-and-mortar “hard costs” for public school construction contracts, according to data collected by McGraw-Hill Construction.
  • Over this decade, public school districts built more than 12,000 new schools and managed more than 130,000 renovation and other improvement projects to address health, safety, technology, access for students with disabilities, educational enhancement, and other needs.
  • The lowest investment ($4,140 per student) was made in the poorest communities, while the highest investment ($11,500 per student) was made in high-income communities.
  • School districts with predominately minority student enrollment invested the least ($5,172 per student), while school districts with predominately white student enrollment spent the most ($7,102 per student).

To download a complete copy of GROWTH and DISPARITY: A Decade of U.S. Public School Construction, visit (www.edfacilities.org/pubs/GrowthandDisparity.pdf).

 

 

Xcel Energy’s Data Center Efficiency program can help data centers and large-scale IT operations improve reliability and energy efficiency.


Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.

When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality. 

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.

Xcel Energy’s Data Center Efficiency program can help data centers and large-scale IT operations improve reliability and energy efficiency.


Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.

When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality. 

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.


 
comments powered by Disqus
08/27/2015

Large improvements drive water conservation on West Coast.

08/26/2015

Data breaches becoming more common.

08/25/2015

Research shows link between extreme weather events and long power disruptions.

08/24/2015

Specifications to improve wall resiliency.

08/21/2015

New resource can help FMs create scope of custodial work.

08/20/2015

Rule created to stem Legionnaires’ disease outbreak.

08/19/2015

Portable devices encourage sedentary workers to exercise while seated.

08/18/2015

PACE program to drive building improvements.

08/17/2015

Survey shows management systems can streamline work order process.

08/14/2015

Tool will help schools improve air quality.

08/13/2015

Proposed ASHRAE rule to improve communication about energy consumption, forecasts.

08/12/2015

Installations rise as electricity costs drop to an all-time low.

08/11/2015

Linear, low-bay/high-bay LEDs spotlighted as best choices for commercial retrofits.

08/10/2015

Wind, solar set for big increases.

08/07/2015

New requirement will cut food waste.

08/06/2015

ICC, ASHRAE will streamline compliance path for IgCC and Standard 189.1.

08/05/2015

Benefits inspire positive health changes for workers.

08/04/2015

New program from the EPA will cut GHG emissions.

08/03/2015

LED, smart control adoption will help FMs meet energy goals.

07/31/2015

Guidelines will apply to all in-patient settings.

Page 1 of 56
FirstPrevious[1]2345678910NextLast

Sponsored Links