O.T. Marshall Architects has for two generations promoted a radical shift in the way cities are designed. Only through a deep understanding of site and surroundings do we promote smart, cost-effective growth.
Downtown Riverfront Urban Plan
As a result of a public planning process, the City of Memphis engaged O.T. Marshall Architects to prepare a plan with two primary objectives:
to develop an overall urban design concept for the development of the City's underutilized riverfront
design a pathway for public/private funding options for the sake of meaningful implementation of design strategies
The concept plan identified multiple scenarios for additional qualified public use facilities (QPUF) and present to the State of Tennessee for approval. One primary component to the design was establishing public connectivity from the riverfront, convention center, Bass Pro at the Pyramid, The Pinch District and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Minneapolis Public School provided a unique opportunity to delve further into the academic purpose of the school facility. The district experiences disproportionate disparity in academic achievement generally congruent with the socio-economic status of its various neighborhoods. We began with extensive input sessions from the various academic directors to determine their input and recommendations for better schools. Their input was revealing; district administrators detected a new vitality to their efforts once they felt empowered to facilitate change. We concurrently initiated the planning and initial study phase; information-gathering included general mapping, floor plans, and historical data. During the on-site inspection, team members visually inspected all aspects of the building (if issues were urgent, management was notified); inventoried existing deficiencies; and gathered data about maintenance and life cycles from sources that included internal maintenance department work orders and requests for work. In the final phase, team members determined the condition of each facility.
Minneapolis Public Schools now has a detailed database of deficiencies, priorities, and projected costs, and with this comprehensive information, there is a system-wide comparison of conditions of various buildings and systematic plan of attack to correct deficiencies. Equally important, the FCI allows school officials to have a baseline for future evaluations of facilities, and a beginning point for all building maintenance plans.
A school building’s life expectancy is a significant determinant in the FCI. This “life cycle” is the span of time that a facility and its individual elements will survive, serve its mission, and accommodate changing technology. Life cycles are variable, depending on building materials (both exterior and interior), ADA requirements, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems.
Minneapolis Public Schools Master Plan
Special Education Programs Redistribution Maps