ADG was hired by Norman Public Schools to manage $90 million worth of school capital and technology improvements over a three-year period. Voters approved a bond issue at the end of 2009 to add a new elementary school and renovate and expand 17 schools throughout the 14,000-student school district. Services included management of eight architectural contracts, six construction contracts and one construction management contract.
The three-year program touched every building in the district and eliminated portable classrooms at all elementary schools. The four middle schools underwent extensive renovations and each of the two high schools received new paint, flooring, and improved parking. A new state-of –the-art agricultural building was also added.
ADG’s role on all projects was to prepare a comprehensive master plan to direct the successful implementation of the projects outlined in the 2009 bond measure. Services include facility assessments, planning and programming, architectural and engineering plan review, design and construction coordination, construction cost review and construction observation. ADG developed a master schedule and budget for all the projects and detailed timelines and budgets for each individual project. The short duration of the projects (three years) required comprehensive planning and diligence with respect to schedule and budget.
Gyms and Stage Curtains: Designed and oversaw installation of stage curtains in 14 elementary schools and new gym floors in all 15 elementary schools in the district.
Intelligent Classrooms: Planned, oversaw and managed the equipment acceptance and installation for smart board and technology packages in 1,100 classrooms at 28 district sites, including 23 schools and media centers.
Safe Rooms: Oversee the design and construction of multiple safe rooms in the district.
ADG also facilitated the selection of architects. Area architects were asked to submit qualifications to the Norman District and were then selected for projects. ADG has removed itself from consideration as a design architect for any of the bond projects.
A variety of construction delivery methods were recommended and utilized to optimize project budgets and schedules. ADG deliverables included standards documents for architects to use in the design and documentation process: 1) preliminary design standards for continuity of appearance, usability, content and information; 2) education specifications to establish equality of educational-related systems including classroom sizes, circulation and adjacencies; 3) design standards seeking continuity of appearance, quality of materials and usability; and 4) furniture standards for use in preparation of design, bidding and installation of furniture on all projects.
ADG completed a Master Facility Plan update for the district in 2013. Responsibilities included evaluation, planning and security services for all current and possible future facilities within the District. Once voters passed a $126 million bond issue in 2014, NPS once again hired ADG to assist them with district-wide school improvements. The three-year program is adding a freshman academy and college career center at each of the district’s high schools and classrooms at several school campuses. Security and athletics upgrades are also part of the program.