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(a brief overview for elementary educators)


Proper planning and continued involvement are essential to creating the Elementary Music Suite you want. Use this information to get involved early so you can put, and keep, the project on the right track.


Phase I Pre-Planning:

The following phases are the basic steps in a new construction or renovation project.

I n t h i s p h a s e t h e p l a n n i n g c o m m i t t e e i s f o r m e d a n d f a c i l i t y g o a l s a r e d e f i n e d . T h e m o s t s u c c e s s f u l c o m m i t t e e s c o n s i s t o f a d m i n i s t r a t o r s , d i s t r i c t o f f i c i a l s a n d e d u c a t o r s . I t i s v e r y i m p o r t a n t t o i n c l u d e t e a c h e r r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s f r o m a l l f i n e a r t s , a t h l e t i c s a n d m u s i c a s t h e r e q u i r e m e n t s f o r t h e i r t e a c h i n g e n v i r o n m e n t s a r e s o u n i q u e .

Phase II Programming:

Programming is an architectural term for the process of defining the activities and re- quirements of spaces to be designed. This is the committee’s most important phase, and the gathering of input should begin as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more it will cost and the more unlikely it becomes that your Music Suite will be what you need it to be.

Now is the time to create a “big picture” of everything you want the Music Suite to be. Use the programming documents in this guide to present ideas to an architect, making clear what is desired and what makes the area unique. And though budget will ultimately determine the scope of the project, anyone who’s been through the process will agree — “You’ll never get what you don’t ask for.”

The architect will need to know how much space you require, how each space within the Music Suite is used, and how all spaces relate to one another. Our Rule of Thumb charts for square footage considerations were specially devised to help you determine these needs. This is also the best time to compile your equipment lists so you know how much money to set aside for purchasing fixtures, furniture and equipment (FF&E).

Phase III Schematic Design:

Following the programming documents and budget constraints, the architect will proceed to diagram the facility. He or she will present drawings in different stages so the planning committee can help fine tune the design. Be sure to agree upon the final schematic, because any subsequent changes will be more difficult.


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The Bond can be approved during any of the initial stages.

Formation of the Planning Committee and identification of facility needs.

The architect solicits input from school personnel regarding program requirements.

C o n s i d e r i n g t h e i n p u t a n d b u d g e t , t h e a r c h i t e c t c r e - f a t e s p r e l i m i n a r y s k e t c h e s o t h e p r o p o s e d f a c i l i t y .

The architect refines the design and creates the blueprint.


Design and Construction 101

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