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K-12 Market Filled With Challenges

K-12 Market Filled With Challenges, But Still Growing

ms consultants, inc.

September 1, 2017

Similar to the overall state of the nation's infrastructure, the public school construction sector is also plagued by huge need and limited funding.


Over the past two decades, the nation's 14,000 school districts, which serve more than 55 million students in 100,000 public K-12 schools, have spent an average of $99 billion annually on their facilities, with $50 billion going to maintenance and operations (M&O) and $49 billion going to capital construction and new facilities, according to the 2016 State of Our Schools report.


According to the report, which was published by the 21st Century School Fund, the U.S. Green Building Council and the National Council on School Facilities, school districts need to spend at least $145 billion annually to bring their facilities up to modern standards, with $58 billion for M&O, $77 billion for capital construction and $10 billion for new facilities.


Read the full article in the September/October 2017 issue of Engineering Inc.


Originally published by Engineering Inc. and written by Gerry Donohue.