Summer Construction Leads to A SMARTer School Year

The 2023-2024 school year has started, and after the progress that took place during summer construction, there is a sense of excitement for what will take place during the new school year. While students took a break from school and enjoyed their summer, the SMART Bond Program was hard at work throughout Broward County Public Schools. 

Summer is the perfect time to complete construction projects because school campuses are unoccupied, which means fewer constraints and more progress. When you add extended work schedules to the mix, summer is a surefire way to make headway on projects. This is prime time to work on projects like roofing, HVAC systems, building envelope improvements (such as exterior painting and window replacements), fire alarm and sprinkler systems, and electrical upgrades at schools.

During the summer, over 200 projects were in active construction, with 46 ahead of schedule based on the 2020 schedule reset. An additional 97 projects were in construction closeout, of which 47 were closed. Sawgrass Springs Middle, Nova Eisenhower Elementary, Attucks Middle, and Flamingo Elementary School were among the schools that had work completed during the summer. Now, after all the work that was done during the summer months, schools are ready for the first day of school throughout Broward County. 

Since the schedule reset in 2020, the SMART Bond Program has maintained its commitment to meet the goal of substantial completion by the end of 2025. With progress being made like it was this summer, the program’s goal of transforming educational spaces is well underway for all schools in Broward County Public Schools.