School Construction Cost Research Findings
Research Project – Examining the High Cost of School Construction in California
The American Institute of Architects, California Council, (AIACC) Capitol Forum, in partnership with the UC Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools, has released research findings regarding the high cost of school construction in California. (you must be a member to continue reading click here to join)The report, entitled “The Complex and Multi-Faceted Nature of School Construction Costs: Factors Affecting California,” examines the practices and policies which effect school construction, and analyzes comparative project level data to contrast California schools with similar facilities in other states. In doing so, the researchers determined some of the central factors in determining school construction cost in California. Among these were:
- California’s regulatory structure
- Local school district politics, policies & practices
- Regional market conditions
The public’s investment in K-12 schools and universities is enormous. Any cost savings and increased efficiencies in this market sector translates into better planning processes and better buildings, in addition to more children being housed, less bonded indebtedness, and additional resources for other infrastructure needs.
The school construction delivery process should be simplified and made more cost effective.
As a concerned segment of the design and construction industry, The AIACC is looking for positive solutions to these complex questions. This study is the first step taking proactive measures to examine the policies and procedures surrounding the planning, design and construction of public school buildings in California.
To view the report, please click the image below.