When school administrations prepare a capital plan, the task is anything but simple. It’s extremely difficult to determine and prioritize the complex needs of aging facilities, especially with tight budgets and processes involving internal and external stakeholders.
More than 20 major construction projects are underway to improve the Missouri State University (MSU) campus in Springfield.
In the past three years, the school has seen a number of major improvements, including those made to its athletic and recreation facilities completed last year, and this summer is no different.
A modern student center, a high-tech science wing, a classroom filled with natural light — these are the features that make each school or university campus distinctive. Just as graduation is achieved through a long process of study and hard work, the facilities inhabiting a campus are the result of a long process of master planning, fundraising and construction.
When the Great Recession hit in late 2007, nearly every sector and industry — including K-12 schools — felt the impact. Today, however, an increasing number of school districts nationwide are again seeking voter approval for improvement and construction bonds.