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School district modernizes facilities with no new taxes for residents

Plante Moran Realpoint is easy to work with and responsive to our needs. The whole team is reliable, timely, and personable. They are excellent advocates of the District.
Mark Greathead

Modern schools, no new taxes

Woodhaven-Brownstown School District (WBSD) consists of eight schools with more than 5,500 students. Over the last decade, WBSD has worked with owner’s representative Plante Moran Realpoint (PMR), formerly Plante Moran Cresa, to become a “Destination of Excellence” by upgrading and modernizing its school facilities at no additional taxes for residents.

The right consultant from the start

PMR was first engaged in 2013 to assist the district in assessing its facility needs and developing an inspiring vision for the future of its school buildings. With a long-term capital plan in place, our bond communications team helped WBSD procure funding for facility upgrades, first through a $57 million bond program and $5 million sinking fund in 2015 and again through a $144 million bond program in 2021.

Expert owner’s representation for K12 capital programs

PMR was retained as owner’s representative. Our role was to provide expertise to guide the district during the pre-planning, planning, design, and construction of each project within the programs, ensuring the overall scopes and goals were met. Major projects PMR helped plan or complete over the last decade of service include:

  • Safety and security upgrades
  • New gymnasium, natatorium, and technology wing at Woodhaven High School
  • Career technical education spaces
  • Collaborative learning spaces
  • Parking lot upgrades
  • Furniture and equipment upgrades
  • New fieldhouse
  • Technology upgrades
  • Media center renovations
  • Collaborative outdoor classroom areas
  • New baseball/softball complex

A bright future

Work for the 2021 bond is ongoing, with a targeted completion by the end of 2028. Students, staff, families, and community members alike are impressed with the facility upgrades completed so far, even comparing some of the renovations to a college campus.

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