If you’re attending the Conference for Catholic Facilities Management in Austin next week, you can catch Ayers Saint Gross presenting on our transformational planning project for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Creating a New Vision for Catholic Schools in Baltimore
From the 1880s to the mid-20th century, Catholic education flourished in the United States with the peak of Catholic school construction in the mid-1960s. Since then, deferred maintenance costs, increased competition, changes in the labor market, and shifting demographics have placed increased pressure on the viability of many schools. In Baltimore, schools operated well below capacity, and were often consolidated or forced to close. The Archdiocese of Baltimore sought to stem this decline, and in 2015 began a process of addressing the existing conditions at 22 schools throughout the diocese.
Through a series of community and school meetings, workshops, and strategy sessions, the Archdiocese worked with a team of consultants to analyze demographic, facility, enrollment, and financial data to formulate a strategy for reinvestment. That plan, along with a rebranding and media campaign, has injected new life into the school system, spurring capital investment and enrollment growth.
Members of the Archdiocese and planning team will share the process, tools, and outcomes from this transformational planning project and will share how the framework can be used for institutions of all sizes.
Nolan McCoy, Director of Facilities Management, Archdiocese of Baltimore
Joel Fidler, Associate Principal, Ayers Saint Gross
Conference for Catholic Facilities Management
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Session 1: 10:30 AM until 11:30 AM
Session 2: 1:30 PM until 2:30 PM