As part of the District’s broader Strategic Planning process underway, the Maple Dale Indian Hill School Board selected Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) in February 2018 to complete a comprehensive Facilities Assessment as the first step in developing a long-term facilities plan.
The Facilities Assessment included both of our school buildings and sites and will serve as a detailed planning document that provides a valuable foundation of information. This data will support the School Board’s prioritization of facility needs and improvements to provide high-quality learning environments while developing fiscally responsible, long-term facilities solutions.
EUA’s summary findings of the Facilities Assessment were presented to the School Board on Thursday, May 3, 2018. The School Board will also be hosting interactive workshops for staff and the community on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 to discuss the Facilities Assessment findings and to gather input to guide facilities-related decision making.
Facilities Assessment Background
The major areas included in the assessment for review, consideration and discussion with district stakeholders include:
Safety & Security: Evaluating how safe and secure each building is with regards to their entrances and unique layouts;
Architectural and Building Systems: Assessing the current condition of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing infrastructure for both district buildings, systems and sites;
Building Capacity & Utilization: Determining how much capacity (space) each building has to appropriately accommodate student enrollment today as well in the future. This includes classrooms as well as core spaces (library, cafeteria, gym, hallways-traffic flow) spaces, surrounding site layout and traffic circulation, physical education and other outdoor recreational support space.
Educational Adequacy: Evaluating how well the schools and sites provide appropriate, flexible learning spaces and technology infrastructure to support existing and/or future programming for students;
Accessibility/Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Compliance: Identifying how each building accommodates individuals with disabilities and complies with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Both buildings have well-maintained infrastructure including building interiors, plumbing systems and building grounds
Building systems, generally, are reaching their end of anticipated life cycle particularly in the original portions of the buildings
Both sites require exterior building enclosure maintenance (windows, doors, roofing, masonry, etc.)
Capacity & Utilization
Overall, there is capacity at both sites for future planning opportunities
Educational Adequacy Assessment
Neither building has a controlled main entrance through the office to greet visitors
Both buildings provide natural daylighting, adequate classroom size and some flexible furniture
Opportunities exist to enhance learning by providing more collaborative and flexible spaces
The next step in the long-term facilities planning process is to establish preliminary, high-level cost estimates associated with the capital maintenance and other needs identified in the Facilities Assessment for future prioritization.
September 25, 2018
Finance & Facilities
May 22, 2018
Presentation to School Board
From May 2, 2018
The original Maple Dale School built in 1871 at the present Maple Dale school site.
Photo taken in 1912.