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August 20, 2012 Case Study 1 min read
Van Buren Public Schools in Belleville, Michigan, a district of 10 schools covering 75 square miles, was dealing with aging educational facilities and considering building a new high school.
Van Buren Belleville High School Courtyard
Van Buren Belleville High School Courtyard
Van Buren Belleville High School Gym
Van Buren Belleville High School Gym
Van Buren Belleville High School Hallway
Van Buren Belleville High School Hallway
Van Buren Belleville High School Library
Van Buren Belleville High School Library
Van Buren Belleville High School Stadium
Van Buren Belleville High School Stadium

The challenge

Van Buren Public Schools (VBPS) in the city of Belleville, Michigan, is a district of 10 schools covering 75 square miles. Facing aging educational facilities, VBPS was considering building a new high school. In addition to the new facility, the district also sought a technology upgrade throughout all 10 schools.

The solution

With careful planning and oversight, Plante Moran Cresa (PMC) was able to facilitate alignment through understanding the needs of the community and school board, thereby reconceiving a $79 million bond proposal in 2008 that had failed to pass in previous elections.

The benefit

PMC's planning and project management reduced the construction schedule from 48 to 36 months, saving the school district an additional $1 million and permitting VBPS students to benefit from occupying a brand new 366,000-square-foot high school a full year ahead of schedule.