entry lobby at
new montgomery high school
entry gate, shade structure, parent center, entry landscape plan.
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We believe that a well designed product can always be delivered, even on a limited budget or schedule. We never forget that our projects are products tailored to the users’ needs. The well-being and satisfaction of the client and user are our primary goals.
1. DESIGN FOR THE WELL-BEING OF FUTURE GENERATIONS
Thoughtfully planned educational architecture is a key element of providing for the future of our society. It is a noble mission and not to be compromised. Good design is essential to maintain a stimulating and creative environment for the students and teachers. All projects, no matter how modest, receive thorough design attention. Each element of the project is an opportunity for creativity.
2. USE RESOURCES WISELY
We are spending the public’s money. It is entrusted to us and must be used prudently. Good architectural design for education must, therefore, utilize materials that are not only beautiful but also permanent and sustainable. We seek to provide exciting educational environments by careful design using materials designed to last within flexible spaces. Our attention to detail, attention during the construction administration phase, and effort to keep costs low have resulted in change order rates of 2-5%.
3. DEVELOP AN ARCHITECT-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP
We maintain a hands-on management style on our projects. This means you will be meeting with the principal or job captain at all stages, from planning and design meetings to the construction job site.
Virtually all of our projects include elements supporting educational technology. For example, our work has included provision or coordination of:
•Network Operating Center--the backbone of District-wide data and communications •Technology training rooms •On-site servers •Data distribution to classrooms, administration, and support areas. •Integrated wireless technology •“Teaching walls” and digital “smart boards” in modernized classrooms
JRM Architecture specializes in educational facility modernization and new construction. This has included extensive ADA upgrades, universal design upgrades, energy upgrades, and master planning.
Each project is unique, and the extents of the upgrades vary depending upon the needs of the school. Following is an example list of services provided for past projects:
Master Planning/Project Planning/
New Facility Design:
•Facility use studies •Faculty, staff, administration, and service needs assessment •Programmatic research for specialized spaces •Research and interpretation of state and local requirements for new facilities •Design criteria and performance requirements •Evaluating and documenting existing ADA conditions •Reviewing program and budget material •Reviewing existing as-built drawings •Studying and evaluating the existing site •Conducting interviews with key personnel of the district and school •Planning for phased development/multi-phased construction •Construction management staging planning for occupied sites •Paths of travel, emergency exiting and areas of refuge •Security and campus perimeter control
•Portable building addition and/or relocation •Utility modernization (such as sewer replacement) •Historical building considerations •Site upgrades, including play fields and sports facilities
•Parking, pedestrian access and student drop-off areas •Elevators, ramps and stairs •Accessible gates, entrances, and doors •Site and building signage •Restroom and kitchen fixtures •Classroom, library, and lab furniture and equipment •Drinking fountains •Fire alarms, strobes, and emergency monitoring systems
•LEED Certified Consultants •Life-cycle cost analyses •Durable, long-life materials •Passive solar shading •Energy efficient windows •Natural daylighting and ventilation •Upgraded HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems •High efficiency equipment •Efficient irrigation and drought resistant landscaping •Artificial turf and permeable paving
Agency Project Review and Funding:
•Meeting with DSA, state, county and city reviewing agents as necessary •Completing the DSA/State Certification process in a timely manner •Meeting with local public utility officials regarding infrastructure capacities •Meeting with local fire department officials and other agencies •Assistance with CDE and OPSC processing, including grant writing and educational specification development