Facilities Master Plan for Silver Consolidated School District, 2018-2023
Service: Educational Facility Planning
Project Number: 21710
Completion Year: 2018
Location: Silver City, New Mexico

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Silver Consolidated School District contracted with Architectural Research Consultants, Incorporated (ARC) to prepare an update to its facilities master plan (FMP). The plan incorporates a physical evaluation of the district’s schools, administrative support facilities and leased facilities; enrollment projections; and analyses of the area’s demographics and economics, school facilities enrollment capacity, and school facility utilization.

The district has about 638,000 gross square feet of buildings and 177 acres of land with approximately $93.5 million of capital needs to bring existing school and support facilities up to current physical and programmatic standards and address deficiencies.

ARC worked with a steering committee comprised of district staff and community representatives to develop priorities and options over the next five years, and develop long-term replacement plans for district facilities. The district has declining enrollment housed in aging facilities. While some schools are well utilized, others have excess space and unusable portables.

With limited funding available, the district plans to use bond money to keep the schools functional for the short term. Long-term plans include replacing four schools within 20 years and “right size” these replacement schools for the smaller student population.