"Facilities Projects in a Time of Risk and Uncertainty: Advice for Charter School Boards" - Shared screen with speaker view
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Thanks Tina. I will definitely repeat the questions as I ask them during Q&A.
Hi all, Suzanne Ehlers here, board member at LAMB. We are in the middle of a big project. A few observations: this already was a full-time project mgmt job, and COVID layers on even more time and moving parts. The architect/ design space is moving and responding but there are still BIG questions about how (Montessori) schools will need to look different in a post-COVID environment.
Force majeure… can we be creative about sourcing and suppliers? Can we push back if such a letter is issued by a GC? No huge COVID-related delays *yet* but we are contingency planning all the time.
Security on construction sites a concern as well, as times are tough and theft across the board is up.
That's a great point and if your financing partner is separate from your Developer, they likely will be strong partners in driving these questions and answers from the developer
Tough time for fundraising and any kind of capital campaign, so we were already delaying some bigger aspects of the project and now we are definitely delaying other aspects. Our community has more pressing needs (food, safety, distance learning) and we as a board have to honor that and be patient.
If the new school building can help address community response to COVID-19 crises (added community space), would that open the project up to special government funding?
Can people please mute their lines if they're not talking? There's a lot of background noise
There have been a lot of articles about office space redesign and lobby redesign/features for monitoring who enters (temp checks, etc.)
On a related note, I think there is an opportunity for single sites to collaborate in a much deeper way around facilities/asset management in this COVID environment. This will enhance their buying power on things like cleaning/health standards.
Thanks Carrie, Rich and David for facilitating this session. I have to run. Appreciate you hosting this.
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Thanks for posting the Ring the Bell article about risks. Very helpful.
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Thank you all for this webinar, it was well done and had a lot of great tips in it!