Design Advisory Groups
Design Advisory Groups are an opportunity for school staff members, parents and community members to have an active voice in shaping planned bond renovations to their school.
What is a Design Advisory Group?
A Design Advisory Group (DAG) is a group of usually eight representatives from a school community who will collaborate with other members of the District-appointed design team to clarify and refine the specific scope of work outlined for the project. The DAG assists the architect to meet the District’s educational goals and the community’s expectations for the facility.
What is the purpose of the Design Advisory Group?
The DAG’s role is advisory in nature. As the primary users of the building, the DAG members have the most knowledgeable perspective on how the building needs to function. The DAG helps the project architect understand the users’ needs to enable the architect to design a building to support those needs. The architect and the project management team will be responsible for all final design decisions. The project management team is ultimately responsible for delivering the scope of work. The input provided by the DAG will inform those decisions. The DAG begins its work with the basic scope of work outlined in the Educational Facilities Master Plan.
As they conduct their work, DAG groups are encouraged to keep in mind the primary goals and considerations of the bond:
- Aging Buildings:
- Repair and replace aging building components such as heating and cooling, roofs or plumbing.
- Renovate aging schools and the Five Star Stadium; replace or upgrade athletic fields; improve facilities for art, music and theater, repair or replace playgrounds at schools across the district.
- Share a percentage of funding with district charter schools to address their facility needs.
- Safety and Security: Upgrade security cameras and recorders, implement consistent emergency protocol systems at all schools, and replace handheld emergency communication system.
- Classroom Needs: Provide every school with funding for specific instructional upgrades that meet learning needs. School leaders will engage communities in how to best utilize funds based on each school's unique needs.
- Overcrowding: Build a new P-8 school in the Anthem neighborhood to address growth, construct new additions at Arapahoe Ridge and Cotton Creek elementary schools and purchase land for future schools.
- Educational Opportunities:
- Expand Career and Technical Education offerings such as skilled trades, technical sciences, health care, advanced manufacturing, etc.
- Add new space for Early Childhood Education.
- Technology: Update critical communication systems, maintain reliable internet access and enhance online learning opportunities for students at all schools.
Adams 12 Five Star Schools has established a priority of investments that aligns with these bond goals and DAG committees also consider these priorities as they determine how additional school renovation money - not previously earmarked for these specific areas - is invested.
Priority of Investments (aligned to goals of the bond above):
Investment Priority # 1: Life Safety
Facility conditions that pose a risk to safety and security
Example: Egress issues, exit issues, door hardware function, code compliance, building hazards, emergency lighting, fire systems, etc.
Investment Priority # 2: Building Systems
Building conditions that are deemed to be close to causing a failure that would render the facility un-occupiable until repairs are made.
Example: HVAC, water mains, primary electrical systems, etc.
Investment Priority # 3: Interior Efficacy/Ed. Spec. Compliance
Facility conditions that render the interior of the building uncomfortable (too hot, too cold, etc.) or that prevent building components from performing as they were designed to do.
Example: Worn-out flooring-paint-wall coverings, inoperable gym-auditorium-cafeteria systems, door-windows, programming issues, space utilization, etc.
Priority # 4: Exterior Efficacy/Ed. Spec
Facility conditions that render the exterior of the building uncomfortable/undesirable.
Example: Parking lot striping, potholes, broken curbs, dead plants, rusted handrails, rusted door frames, programming issues, space utilization, etc.
Priority #5: Aesthetics
Facility conditions that make the building unpleasant to look at and/or uninspiring to learn in.
Example: Faded decorative paint, chipped/marred wall coverings, display cases, casework, stained tile/carpet/ceiling tiles, etc.
Who serves on the DAG?
The school principal will work with the district bond team to select members to serve on the DAG. The bond team will provide final approval of all DAG membership. The membership should represent the interests of the school community and have enough members to present sufficient viewpoints. Membership range should be about eight members, although group size may vary with the size of the project scope of work.
A recommended DAG group membership includes:
- School Principal
- 2-3 classroom teachers
- 2-3 parents/community members
- 1-2 students (optional depending on age)
When and how often does the DAG meet?
The district bond team will work with members of the DAG group to identify the best potential time to convene DAG meetings. Length and frequency of meetings will be dictated by the project scope of work. Normally, the DAG group will continue to advise the architectural team until the project enters the Design Development phase. Consistent attendance is highly recommended for DAG participation.
How do I become involved with my school's Design Advisory Group?
Adams 12 Five Star Schools has developed a bond program timeline for when schools are anticipated to receive bond-related improvements. The estimated start of project design work will depend on a number of factors including the anticipated scope of work. The district bond project team will work with the building principal to identify potential members to serve on the DAG group. If you are interested in this work, please contact your school principal.
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