A Team – Building Lasting Change Through PPEA’s
Many of SBBCC’s projects are education facilities throughout Virginia; Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Henrico, Richmond and Suffolk as well as Wise County in the southwestern corner of the state.
One of the things that excites our company about building schools is the Public-Private Education Facilities and Infrastructure Act (PPEA), which differs from the way municipalities previously developed new buildings.
“With the old method of design, bid, build, you can’t tweak the design according to what is important to that school,” Stephen Ballard.
The old way was to have an architect design a building first, then send out a request for proposals to contractors who’d bid on the project. Typically the lowest bidder received the contract. With the PPEA system, the builder works with the architect and the end-user hand in hand. It allows for more flexibility. It’s a TEAM concept.
“It’s a matter of working with the owners, it’s a matter of working as a TEAM.” Ballard said.
On that note, the owners don’t just include administrators and school board representatives. SBBCC’s approach includes hearing from all stakeholders and end users – from those who handle day-to-day activities and operations to those who are in the classroom.
We have delivered 7 school facilities under the PPEA system in Virginia. SBBCC is committed to continuing and creating successful partnerships to develop environments for our community to learn, grow and prosper. These schools were built because of the vision and support of the communities we serve.
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