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Site Evaluation Assistance for New Facilities

About the Project

ES&S has worked closely with Columbia Public Schools (CPS) to provide site evaluations for several new school facilities to accommodate growth and geographical imbalance in the system’s student population.  The professional services required for these studies have varied, but generally focus on areas of land-use planning and development, infrastructure services, and significant environmental or regulatory constraints.  The scope of investigations often includes such items as:

  • Land Survey and Facility Site Layout: Lot horizontal and vertical layout, property lines of sight, title encumbrances, ROW/easements, encroachments or constraints to development
  • Subsurface Conditions: Items that could significantly affect development costs – rock, karst topography, groundwater, etc.
  • Transportation: Traffic and parking impact and circulation analysis, planning-level estimates of capacity upgrades, including opinions of cost, evaluation of multi-modal and transit options
  • Utility Services: Planning-level design for full services, confirmation of service providers, cost-opinions for extension of services that are under capacity or currently unavailable
  • Watershed/Environmental: High-level review of “big ticket” impacts such as FEMA floodway, wetlands, buffer zones, jurisdictional streams, known cultural resource locations

The information is used to provide data-driven deliverables that have ranged from a letter report, to formal presentations to governing bodies with extensive supporting information including: presentations, graphic displays, and matrices providing weighted criteria showing how various sites under consideration compare against one another.  ES&S has directly performed, or provided supporting information to support the District in performing, public and media outreach efforts associated with these evaluations.  Below is a list of recent projects offering an example of the services provided by ES&S:

YearProject NameServices Provided
2017New SW Middle School Site EvaluationPhased facility siting study for new 125,000-sf middle school, started with broad screening evaluation of 20+ sites; narrowed to 3 sites for detailed study to gain consensus on preferred location (John Warner Middle School; lower right)
2015New SE Elementary School Site EvaluationDetailed facility siting study (multiple sites) for location of new elementary school in southeast Columbia  (Cedar Ridge Elementary; rendering upper-left)
2014New SW Elementary School Site EvaluationDetailed facility siting study (3 sites) for location of new elementary school in SW Columbia  (Beulah Ralph Elementary)
2007New NE High School Site EvaluationFacility siting evaluation and development of a site selection evaluation matrix for 315,000-sf campus on 60-acre site, including analysis of new transportation and wastewater system needs  (Battle High School; upper left / Battle Elementary)
2007New North Elementary School Site EvaluationFacility siting consultations (2 sites) for new elementary school in north Columbia  (Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary)

Below are examples of deliverables from a recent site evaluation report.  Understanding a site – its topography, subsurface characteristics, property and environmental constraints, etc. – as well as how a proposed building and infrastructure might layout on the parcel(s) under consideration, is critical knowledge during facility planning.  This information is useful during purchase negotiations, as well as to mitigate or avoid significant construction cost impacts.

Market(s)

Location

Columbia, Missouri

Project Owner/Client

Columbia Public Schools | 1818 W. Worley Street | Columbia, MO 65203

Year Completed

2017

Services Provided

  • Phased facility siting study for new 125,000-sf middle school, started with broad screening evaluation of 20+ sites; narrowed to 3 sites for detailed study to gain consensus on preferred location
  • Detailed facility siting study (multiple sites) for location of new elementary school in southeast Columbia
  • Detailed facility siting study (3 sites) for location of new elementary school in SW Columbia
  • Facility siting evaluation and development of a site selection evaluation matrix for 315,000-sf campus on 60-acre site, including analysis of new transportation and wastewater system needs
  • Facility siting consultations (2 sites) for new elementary school in north Columbi
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