Value Engineering

Here’s a quickie overview from Wiki on Value Engineering, a recommendation we hope soon will be discussed by our school district’s Facilities Planning Committee as regards upcoming school construction. Also called value analysis, VE is a structured process of gathering and evaluating information about goods and services in terms of function and cost with an…

FPC Bombshell

The Facilities Planning Committee began planning “Phase II” of the school construction plan last night, but I could not concentrate. Part of it was brain-deadness because these meetings run too darn long, part of it was shock. Here’s why: No matter what we do to cut construction costs, we will still not come under the…

District 428 & the Grassroots: Yeah, Right: Part 2

This is an “I told you so” diary. I wasn’t going to do it but am upset enough about the latest on the Facilities Planning Committee that it just seems fair at this point. January 5th I wrote about the overlap between ReNew Our Schools and the Chamber of Commerce. It just seemed like ReNew…

District 428 & the Grassroots: Yeah, Right: Part 1

So last month I e-mailed the members of the District 428 school board a link to the great precast discussion (vs. bricks-and-mortar construction on the new high school and Cortland elementary school) we were having here at CityBarbs, in view of the debate we were so sure would occur soon at a Facilities Planning Committee…

Precast Discussion: On

The precast concrete construction matter has been added to the Facilities Planning Committee agenda for the next meeting and the architect has been asked to be prepared to discuss the topic. It is my understanding that the meeting planned for April 23 has been canceled, which puts the next meeting to the 30th.

Enviro Woman & Building Schools

The intention is to begin attending DeKalb School District 428’s Facilities Planning Committee (FPC) meetings despite harboring doubts that a non-construction type could contribute much to the discussion. But now the thought occurs: Send Enviro Woman! She’ll know what to say! Such as, “LEED, or get out of the way!” Take the case of the…