EDsession Program & Schedule

The Pandemic and the Pivot: Saving a $130 Million Project

  • Date:Friday, November 5
  • Time:9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
  • Description: Sycamore Community Schools is a 5,300-student school district currently undergoing a $130 million master plan that will see four new schools constructed or renovated by 2023. Design was underway when COVID-19 hit— and threatened to derail the district’s carefully constructed plans and community promises. Instead of falling victim to the pandemic, the district and its architecture firm, SHP, pivoted. Plans moved forward according to schedule and the project, which broke ground in spring 2021, is on-time and on-budget. This presentation will highlight how partnership, collaboration and community buy-in can not only be achieved but succeed in a new reality.
  • Location:Classroom 315
  • Session Type:EDsession
  • Session Code:ES21WA3
  • Learning Objective 1:Learn about techniques for engaging and collaborating across multiple stakeholder groups.
  • Learning Objective 2:Appreciate how genuine, proactive and sustained communication can result in a positive outcome.
  • Learning Objective 3:Understand the steps for building a compelling argument for your district's plans.
  • Learning Objective 4:Gain insight into the technologies and tools that will help you communicate in a post-pandemic world.
  • Credit:AIA LU, IDCEC
Charlie Jahnigen
Chad Lewis
Sycamore Community Schools
Mallory Bonbright
Sycamore Community Schools