WHAT IS EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES PLANNING?



Description

Educational Facilities Planning is the first step in the cycle of building/renovation/master planning a facility. It includes the creation, organization and implementation of an education specification (written guidelines) for a school/entity that includes the quantity and type of spaces, how each space is used, references to adjacencies and organization, room descriptions and square footages. This document is the concrete/conceptual version of how a building should look and function. It is the prelude to design and construction of the building.

A sample table that would be included in an educational specification is the Capacity Model. The Capacity Model is a relfection of the number of full time instructional spaces that are in a facility. This table shows the number of learning centers (classrooms), number of students and percent utilization of each space to determine the capacity of the school



Program Capacity Calculation






School A:  400-899

# Teaching Stations

Students per Teaching Station

Building Capacity

% Utilization

Program Capacity

Core Academic Learning Center (English, Math, Social Studies, World Language, ESOL, Health)

14

28

392

85%

333

Science Learning Center/Wet Lab

3

28

84

85%

71

Special Education Learning Center

0

12

0

85%

0

Teaching Stations Specific to Program

2

28

56

85%

48

Visual Arts Learning Center

0

28

0

85%

0

Instrumental Music Learning Center

1

28

28

85%

24

Vocal Music Learning Center


28

0

85%

0

Gymnasium (Main Gymnasium counts as 2 teaching stations)

0

32

0

85%

0

Auxiliary Gymnasium

0

32

0

85%

0

Multipurpose Activity Learning Center

1

32

32

85%

27

Total

21


592


503


This table is courtesy of Houston Independent School Distric
Resources

Helpful Links about Educational Facilities Planning include the following:

Certified Educational Facilities Planners International (CEFPI)
Educational Facilities Clearinghouse