You no longer have to choose between the buildings your students need and what you can afford.
The spiraling costs of school construction have made it difficult, and sometimes impossible, to build schools that support the instruction boys and girls need to compete in the 21st-century world. The per-student costs in many states now top $40,000. Utilizing new technologies and lessons we have learned over the last decade, the DBS team has provided turnkey solutions for much less—often building or renovating space for as little as $11,000 per student. We have built schools from the ground up, re-purposed warehouses and retrofitted manufacturing facilities.
Who can benefit from our services?
• Public Schools
• Charter Schools
• Private Schools
• Religious-affiliated Schools
How can the DBS team deliver the highest quality at lower prices?
The answer is simple. We reverse engineer every project—starting with the desired outcomes and working back. We look for ways to save money, not to spend it. Many schools are designed and built based on the assumptions and practices of 100 years ago. We build schools for the people who use them today, taking advantage of economies of scale that result in the best possible environment for boys and girls. Look at our services and call today to speak with one of our building specialists.
• Market Analysis:
A market analysis of community needs is done using Proctor and Gamble’s Human Centered Design research tool in order to ensure a clear picture of the populations to be served and the needs of the community related to educating their children. Based on the results of this analysis, we reverse engineer the project, starting with the desired outcomes.
We work with you to find a building or property if needed, choose and retain the right architect for your project, hire a project manager and supervise all aspects of the building, renovation or expansion of your school building. We also will work with your leadership team to design the interior of your school building to create exciting and attractive learning environments. All construction will be done with the infrastructure in place for expansion, anticipating your needs for additional classrooms or perhaps a new wing.
• Project Financing:
We will direct and coordinate all aspects of project financing, including the identification of prospective lenders, oversight of the application process, and negotiation of terms and conditions. Additionally, we explore the possibility of securing non-traditional funding sources like tax credits.
We provide cost-effective value engineering services to improve the performance and functionality of school buildings, while reducing their cost. By analyzing education specifications, building features, systems, equipment, and materials, our value
engineering experts can recommend changes that reduce construction cost while maintaining, performance, reliability, safety and compliance with education specifications and required regulations. We can articulate why proposed changes do not have a negative impact on learning because we are educators first and builders second.
• Ongoing Support and Consultation:
We can support your school in many ways to include program and curriculum design, human resources, financial accountability structures, student recruitment and all other aspects of running your school needed to ensure success and build a culture to support your objectives.
• Charter School Operator Selection and Vetting:
If you are considering leasing your facility to a charter operator, we will research charter school operators using our extensive network of relationships in the charter school community. We will interview prospective partners to determine which operators fit best with your vision and the culture of your school. We will negotiate contracts with the prospective operator to achieve sustainable agreements that address all relevant issues and contribute to smooth operations and relationships between all the parties.
DBS / A division of
The National Children’s Guild Fund
6902 McClean Blvd.
Baltimore, Maryland 21234