In November 2001, Oklahoma City voters approved a combination sales tax/bond issue to improve Oklahoma City area schools. The program, called MAPS for Kids, has generated $540 million to improve school buildings and infrastructure.
ADG was hired to assess, plan and manage the design and construction of all MAPS for Kids projects. Acting as Program Consultants for the entire thirteen-year school improvement program, the team established policies to see that projects have been planned, designed and constructed on time and on budget. Virtually every project has involved construction taking place during the school year, resulting in the need to develop detailed and stringent phasing and safety plans for the protection of students, staff and the community.
Approximately 100 projects have been or will be completed—benefiting every school in the district—75 school sites. Projects range from new $30 million high schools, to elementary school renovations and additions.
ADG is also providing management services for the Oklahoma City Public Schools 2007 Bond Issue. For this $100 million program ADG created project requirements for 47 new gyms/safe rooms and 51 new classrooms at district elementary schools, as well as renovations of two existing high school athletic stadiums, one of which included a complicated and sensitive historic component. Ongoing work includes design review and construction oversight.