Vestavia Hills City Schools (VHCS) began a process of surveys, town hall meetings and facility assessments about nine months prior to engaging HPM to provide a planning and preconstruction analysis.
During the information gathering, the district also engaged a local architect who had worked with them for many years designing and performing various improvements, additions and renovations. As a result, VHCS and the architect began to formulate a plan that would provide facility solutions to many of the needs identified in the town hall meetings and surveys, and VHCS considered moving forward with a large bond program.
HPM was introduced into the equation to help right-size the bond and determine the phasing plan. To review the proposed facility improvements and to evaluate the cost and phasing of each proposed project, HPM performed facility tours and investigations which uncovered many additional issues not yet anticipated in the original plan. HPM also took a step back to study demographic data and enrollment statistics, and we discovered that some of the proposed projects would only provide temporary solutions.
By combining the growth projections, facility assessments, phasing plans and cost analysis, HPM provided VHCS with six separate studies with variations that included concepts for property acquisition/disposition, grade realignments and alternative facility improvements to address long-term capacity issues.
Across numerous unique projects, HPM saved the owner both time and money, while keeping the program on track.
Cahaba Heights Elementary School
East Elementary School
Dolly Ridge Elementary
Liberty Park Elementary School
West Elementary School
Pizitz Middle School