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.
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.
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.