Planning Services

The Art and Science of K-12 Facilities Master Planning

It is often expected that the process will be “data-driven” when a Board of Trustees begins facilities master planning. This request immediately raises two questions. First, what data should be used to make informed facilities decisions? And secondly, how should the data be combined to ensure that all facilities’ needs…
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How Does HPM Help School Districts Like Yours?

By Anna Sullivan, Senior Program Development Manager When a capital bond program becomes inevitable due to growth or change, school districts seek out an advocate who will work with them, teach them, and support them through the entire process. HPM is ready to assist and, as K-12 advisors and managers, we're…
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Industry Today: Four Considerations for Effective Facility Planning

Manufacturing activity in the US surged to record highs in recent months, but American factories are facing a major problem: They can’t find enough people to work. According to a study published by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, as many as 2.1 million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled through 2030 and…
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10 Ways GIS Helps Schools Make Big Decisions

When school district officials are developing a facilities master plan, not only do they have to make crucial decisions about the fate of their district’s properties, but they must also be efficient and accurate. Technology can aid school planners in district planning. Geographical Information Systems (GIS), for example, is a…
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What Does a GIS Analyst Do?

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) were first created to help cartographers and geographers with mapping and surveying methods. In the last 20 years, mapping technologies have become increasingly essential in our everyday lives. Many different industries use these systems to make informed decisions, from analyzing accident locations and improving road safety…
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HPM Bolsters Planning Services Division with Two New Hires

HPM recently appointed Gary Rademacher as director of planning services and Tim Kelleher as GIS analyst as part of a broader strategy to solidify our presence in key markets throughout the US and enhance our planning services division to create more value for clients. “Investing in our planning services arm…
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Education Talk Radio

HPM’s Tracy Richter on Education Talk Radio

America’s public schools have long been confronted with financial challenges, but the need for proper funding has become even more apparent in the face of a pandemic and an aging infrastructure. HPM’s Vice President of Planning Services Tracy Richter recently joined host Larry Jacobs of Education Talk Radio to discuss…
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Making Old Schools New Again for a Growing Student Population

Like many public school districts across the U.S., Homewood City Schools was faced with aging buildings and a growing student population. Administrators and school board members benefitted from a $55-million bond issue obtained through the City of Homewood and added to the monies the school district had in its reserves.…
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