Next Gen Facilities (old)

Design/Construction Process

Facilities Planning Process 

The Next Generation Facilities Plan has been developed in partnership with the community over the last several years. 

Pre-Referendum Planning & Community Vote  

  • Initial Research and Planning (spring 2009 – Aug. 2014)
  • Facility Proposal Refinement (Oct. – Dec 2014)
  • Facility Plan Recommendation Approved (Jan. 12, 2015)

Post-Referendum Planning (Design and Construction) 

PHASE 1: Schematic Design (SD) -

The foundation of any project is in the quality of the Schematic Design (SD). This phase is critical for establishing the scope of the work for all parties. A thorough schematic design ensures fewer surprises during the project, establishes expectations, and reduces redesign risks. This phase will include a lot of back and forth, with diagrams drawn by hand vs. using the computer to ensure flexibility and creativity, and allow for the possibility for rapid change and adjustment. Key areas to focus on during schematic design include: project start-up, site, floor plans and diagrams, code issues, massing and elevations, other disciplines, and project management issues. All meetings or issues which affect the design decisions being made will be thoroughly documented. A quality SD set is critical for establishing the criteria and tone throughout the project. 

During this phase, the district will utilize Core Planning Teams comprised of staff, administration, parents/community members, and students (middle school and high school).  

PHASE 2: Design Development (DD) - 

This phase transitions from the overall into the details. Sometimes referred to as the transition from 2D planning to 3D architecture, the goal here is to develop the aesthetic design as well as functional detail components of the project so that as we transition into Construction Documents, the majority of design decisions are determined, which will allow for greater accuracy and time to produce a thorough construction set. Key areas to focus on during Design Development include: user input and documentation, interior architecture, material and color selection, design development documentation (drawings, details, outline specification), and DD presentation books.

PHASE 3: Construction Documents (CD) - 

The design is done and the focus now shifts to a well detailed/coordinated set that is complete at issuance of the package for bidding. A well detailed/coordinated set is one that helps maintain the relationship between the architects, construction mangers and the district, through minimal change orders and detailing that will stand the test of time. 

PHASE 4: Bidding (BD) - 

In addition to contacting potential bidders for submitting on the bid date, this phase is also the time to identify any issues within the set of documents that will impact bid cost and correct or add clarity to these through Addenda. Addenda are used to modify construction documents prior to the bid date. Change orders modify the documents after award of the construction contract. We use addenda to make minor changes and corrections to the documents. Addenda are written graphic instruments issued to clarify, revise, add to, or delete information in the bidding documents or previously issued addenda. The primary purpose is to clarify questions raised by bidders, issue changes to the documents and correct errors and omissions (e.g., to change the bid date, time and/or location, to add to, delete from or revise the documents, to include additional manufacturers' products through the prior approval process.)

PHASE 5: Construction Administration (CA) -

Construction commences. Throughout this phase, the CM will continue discussions with the district and architects regarding construction progress and any potential issues that may arise. 



Contact Us

If you have questions or comments regarding Edina Public Schools construction:

Phone: 952-848-4038