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Owner’s representative helps Michigan K-12 school district manage over $250 million in bond projects

November 18, 2022 Case Study 1 min read
Authors:
Ahmed Beasley Plante Moran Cresa Kevin Donnelly Plante Moran Cresa
To keep its mission of “a commitment to excellence,” Novi Community School District used funds from two voter-approved bonds over eight years to make improvements across district facilities and build a new Early Childhood Education Center.
Novi Community School District Early Childhood Center classroom with teachers and students
Novi Community School District Early Childhood Center classroom
Novi Community School District Early Childhood Center exterior and playground with children playing
Novi Community School District Early Childhood Center exterior and playground
Novi Community School District Early Childhood Center lobby area with colorful seating area and walls with kids' artwork
Novi Community School District Early Childhood Center interior
Novi Community School District high school athletic building and track, as seen from outside
Novi Community School District high school athletic building
Novi Community School District empty kindergarten room
Novi Community School District kindergarten room
Novi Community School District Meadows classroom
Novi Community School District Meadows
Novi Community School District small group instruction room with odd-shaped tables and a whiteboard
Novi Community School District small group instruction room

Located in Oakland County, Novi Community School District (NCSD) consists of eight schools with over 6,500 students. To keep its mission of “a commitment to excellence,” NCSD first engaged Plante Moran Cresa (PMC) in 2014 as owner’s representative to assist with overseeing a $70.9 million bond program. After a successful program completion, the district once again engaged PMC in 2019 to assist with a $185 million bond program that would continue building on the work completed in the last bond program.

PMC guided the district during the bond information campaign, facility assessments, enrollment projections, pre-planning, planning, design, and construction of each project within both programs. With our team’s assistance, the district has been able to align the scope of both bond projects to fit within the overall budgets.

The funds from the 2014 bond were used to address three key areas at each facility: building and site renovations, facility enhancements, and technology upgrades. One major project of the bond program was the design and construction of a 39,000-square-foot Early Childhood Education Center, which opened in 2017. The bond also included significant improvements to infrastructure, HVAC systems, and electrical upgrades across the district.

The funds from the 2019 bond were used to address site and building renovations, facility enhancements, and technology upgrades. The bond addressed the need for updated athletic equipment and fields with the construction of new tennis courts and the addition of a new stadium scoreboard at the middle school. The bond also included significant improvements to infrastructure, resurfaced parking lots, and roof replacements across the district.

The projects from both bond campaigns were completed over an eight-year period, with new bond projects set to begin in 2023.

Does your district have facility, security, and technology needs? Please reach out to us today to see how we can help you plan for and implement a bond program.

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