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How to Find the Right Site For Your School Building

When launching a new school, there are many things you need to consider before construction begins with the biggest factor being the site of your school building. Where the school is located within a community plays a big role in not just the success of the school, but also the integrity of the legacy you are building. 

At Neenan Archistruction® we are committed to providing a streamlined process, assisting our clients in every step of the construction process. Our architecture firm has decades of experience working in the commercial, educational, government, and healthcare fields — providing both professional insight and peace of mind. In today’s post, we will be covering the basics of securing the right site in Northern Colorado for your new school building. Keep reading to learn more and contact our construction company to get started on your unique project today!

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Determine Your Needs

The first step in planning your educational construction project is to carefully determine your needs. Are you planning on upgrading an existing building? Expanding on a current educational facility by adding a new elementary school? The preconstruction phase is critical to ensuring your project is not only a success but can meet your community’s needs. Here are some key factors to consider:


  • Age of students
  • The approximate number of students
  • Ideal class size
  • School colors, mascot, and community values
  • Additional classroom requirements: new gym, science labs, technology classes, etc.

Hire an Architect

Whether you are looking to renovate an existing building or you are building from the ground up, hiring the right Northern Colorado construction firm is a decisive element in your process. When you partner with Neenan Archistruction® we ensure a safe, cost-effective build that meets your expectations and deadline needs.

Keep Stakeholders Involved

When building your school building, keeping your stakeholders involved is essential. The district, the teachers, and the students are the most important people this school will affect, but you should also keep in mind the opinions of the policymakers and neighbors.

Site Selection Criteria

Much of the extra work that comes with building involves the location. For example, additional questions to ask the planning committee are: 

  • Is the site near other charter schools?
  • Is the site accessible to the target student demographics?
  • What is the crime rate in the area like?
  • Will there be adequate parking space?
  • Can the site accommodate future growth?
  • Are there any political issues that would block the development of your school building?

Opening a new school is an exciting new adventure and advancement for education. At Neenan Archistruction®, we can help you navigate the hefty paperwork, soil tests, and other pre-construction tasks that surround a new school building as well as the architectural planning and construction process. Contact our team today to learn more about how our architectural firm can help you build an affordable, innovative educational building in Northern Colorado!