MORE THAN ARCHITECTS
A team of future-focused facilitators
Our planning team dives deep into educational delivery while also considering both long and short term implications and the community’s investment. Our team will help you develop a clear vision for the interplay of instruction, design and facilities management.
Mapping out the future of your campus and community.
The design of learning environments should be a reflection of a client’s culture, vision and goals. Huckabee has the best team of experts on teaching and learning who have decades of experience in educational design. These educational planners facilitate meaningful and exciting activities with clients and stakeholders to shape master plans, long-range plans and facility design, all centered on educational delivery.
Mike Vermeeren, AIA, LEED AP
DIRECTOR OF PLANNING
Mike works with clients during planning and pre-design to facilitate discussion focused on educational delivery and facility needs. As a former project manager, he brings a unique perspective to the planning process, understanding the technical aspects of scope, schedule and budget. Mike combines this technical skill with a creative spirit that helps draw ideas out of clients and align those ideas with program goals.
If you’d like to learn more about our planning services, please email Mike.
Mike has been with Huckabee for 40 years. His experience is invaluable, and he has designed solutions to solve nearly every challenge faced by our clients. He is highly attuned to a district’s community, needs and long-term goals. Today, in his role as planner, Mike provides specialized insight into the planning and programming phases of design.
OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:
LEx Labs + Hands-on Educational Research
Visual Preference Survey
Tours + Walkthroughs
Facility Assessment Updates
District Educational Specifications
Educational Adequacy Report
Budget Monitoring (OPC)
Special Planning Services
Land Acquisition + Donation Analysis
Comprehensive Master Plans
Comprehensive Long-Range Plans
Aledo ISD is a tight-knit school district west of Fort Worth. They have seen rapid growth in their community and schools in the last decade. The district wanted the community’s voice to shape the design of their buildings in the most recent bond. The Huckabee team worked with district leaders to host community engagement meetings that brought a variety of voices to the table: board members, students, teachers and community members. Together, we worked through their vision of the culture, experience and design for a new middle school and a middle school renovation.
Through strategically crafted activities, our team was able to capture the voice of the Aledo community and begin translating it into a program, adjacencies and priorities for the design. We were able to explore the types of experiences the community hoped the campus would offer, design elements that they would like to see incorporated, and the culture they are striving to create.
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD
The concept of 22nd century learning was already a part of the nomenclature for Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. While planning for a renovation to a CTE space at R.L. Turner High School, we used this concept as the foundation to explore their vision for design. Through our planning discussions we realized the need to look at the project holistically and develop a campus master plan in addition to a solution for their CTE needs.
Our team met with teachers and curriculum leaders to understand their vision for the space; we incorporated a variety of on-site activities complemented by tours of other successful buildings in the process. The experience was highly successful, and we succeeded in helping CFBISD explore what they wanted to carry into the future and what they hoped to leave behind.
Killeen ISD serves almost 46,000 students with 52 campuses. As a fast-growth district, Killeen is always practicing forward-thinking. We have been their partner for nearly two decades, and we’ve been able to work with them to think strategically about what they want to provide their students and the vision they have for their spaces.
In this spirit, our planning team worked with Killeen ISD to develop educational specifications concurrent with a visioning process to help lead them into the future. The resulting document combined each school’s instructional program, and the needs of teachers, students and administrators, with the physical conditions necessary to see their vision carried out. We were able to create a user-friendly and comprehensive document for the district and architects that carries their vision forward.
Marble Falls ISD
Our planning team partnered with Marble Falls ISD to create a long-range plan to address aging, growth and evolving needs in their district. We assessed each building, interviewed administrators and observed how education was being delivered before convening with community members to discuss 21st century learning needs. These efforts were assessed by the Facilities Planning Committee and a prioritization list was set, ultimately leading to a successful bond program.
Following the election, our planning team continued work with the district to further the long-range plan and discuss how growth should be handled in the future. Not only were we able to identify near-term bond projects, but we also identified future projects and their trigger points, determining when it would be time for the district to start planning again.