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    Charter Schools: What the AEC Industry Needs to Know

    February 01, 2018
    11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
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    Dressler's Restaurant at The Metropolitan
    1100 Metropolitan Avenue #125
    Charlotte, NC 28204

    According to a recent article published by WRAL, NC Charter schools enrolled nearly 90,000 students in more than 170 schools and saw an increase in student population of 11,437 while traditional public schools saw enrollment fall by 5,562 students.

    For parents Charter schools provide another option of how their students will be educated. The Charter allows the school operational autonomy to pursue specific educational objectives. This autonomy also provides the school decision-making authority over matters that traditional public schools do not have, such as funding and zoning limitations.

    But does this autonomy and flexibility impact planning, renovation and construction? What is their procurement process and how do they get funding? What do Charter schools want in an Architect and General Contractor? Do they prefer CM at Risk versus another method and why?

    These questions and more will be answered by our panelists as they share their experiences and insight on Charter schools and help us to understand what the AEC industry needs to know in order to be part of their growth.


    Tom Balke, AIA, LEED AP
    Partner & Studio Principal, Schools

    Tom leads a team of architects, planners and designers dedicated to the design of pre-K through 12th grade learning environments. As a Studio Principal in Little’s Community Practice, he and his team focus on projects in the traditional public, public charter, private and faith-based school markets.

    Bob Flynn (Turner Impact)
    Danah Telfaire (Invest Collegiate Transform)
    Eddie Goodall (Goodall Consulting)


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    The Mix: Lunch Break

    September 26, 2018
    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

    The Suffolk Punch
    2911 Griffith Street
    Charlotte, NC 28203

    Come MIX things up during lunch with your SMPS Charlotte buddies!

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