Facilities Master Plan and Educational Specifications for North Valley Academy Charter 2013-2017, Albuquerque, NM
Service: Educational Facility Planning
Project Number: 21212
Completion Year: 2013
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

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North Valley Academy Charter (NVA) is a state-chartered public school located in Albuquerque. It occupies leased facilities originally built specifically to house the school. During the previous seven years, enrollment at NVA had grown to 498 students and its charter was amended to increase the enrollment cap to 510.

NVA concentrates on developing “the whole child,” balancing individual development and core academics with health and wellness. The school’s goal was to implement a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education curriculum integrated with its health and wellness program.

NVA contracted with Architectural Research Consultants, Incorporated (ARC) to develop a facilities master plan and educational specifications that would accommodate its programs and anticipated enrollment growth. ARC worked with a steering committee of administration, community, and staff members to understand the school’s programs and delivery methods, and establish facility needs for the future.

The team determined that the school’s classroom use and need for other spaces would change as it transitioned to the STEM curriculum, updated its technology, and increased healthy activities.

ARC projected classroom needs based on enrollment at the maximum enrollment cap. We determined that the facilities fell short in the size of some classrooms for accommodating enrollment, and in specialized spaces needed for the changing program. The team established project priorities to address adequacy and life/safety issues first, functional issues second and future program needs third. It produced a capitalization analysis of possible funding sources and schedule, and a phased implementation plan.