Building Solutions for Brighter Futures
To commemorate our 30th anniversary, Building Solutions is committed to a year-long campaign, entitled “Building Solutions for Brighter Futures,” in hopes of bringing awareness to the inequities in school facilities and champion successful learning environments for K-12 students in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Our goal is to close the growing gap in academic achievement for underserved students in North Texas and model how such a focus can be applied elsewhere. Through Building Solutions’ social justice and equity campaign, we seek to construct a better future for scholars by providing 3,000 hours to 30 different schools in the North Texas area. An allocation of that time will be used for facility assessments of schools across North Texas to identify critical deficiencies in facilities and operating practices that impact health and learning.
The “Building Solutions for Brighter Futures” program is open to all schools types, including public, charter, private, and parochial.
The building nominated must be at least 10 years old, used for education activities for students in prekindergarten to 12th grade, and in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. We are especially interested in buildings that have potential for major improvement as learning environments and are currently serving students who are historically underserved and under-resourced.
Nominate your school by completing this form. A press release with more information is found below.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
For press related content or interview requests, contact Elizabeth Chow.
You can learn more about our 30th anniversary campaign here and our recent interview with NBC 5's Education Reporter Wayne Carter.
Press Release | December 16, 2020
Building Solutions Announces an Open Call for PreK-12 Schools Across the Dallas-Fort Worth Region to Nominate their Campus for the “Building Solutions for Brighter Futures” Program
To champion successful and inclusive learning environments for every Dallas-Fort Worth scholar, the real estate and facilities leader opens submissions for school facilities assessments at no cost to identify inequities in school facilities and help education leaders plan for critical improvements.
DALLAS (December 16, 2020) -- Building Solutions, a national real estate advisor for facility assessments and capital projects, today announces an open call for nominations for their “Building Solutions for Brighter Futures” education equity program. As a part of the initiative, the company will donate 3,000 hours to 30 different schools in the North Texas area. An allocation of that time will be focused on facility equity assessments of participating prekindergarten to 12th-grade schools to help identify critical deficiencies in their facilities and operating practices that impact health and learning.
Each assessment will include a one-day site observation, where educational facilities will be reviewed to determine their conduciveness to learning, along with an evaluation of major building systems, such as plumbing, HVAC, electrical, interiors, exteriors, and mobility access. The assessment will also forecast a three-year projection of its immediate needs. Once the facility equity assessments conclude, Building Solutions will meet with participating schools to discuss common findings and share operational best practices to help schools improve and better plan their facilities management. In addition, the program will include a mentorship program for facility leaders and staff, where Building Solutions will share expertise, resources, and tools to help maintain and create equitable learning environments.
“In many schools, education spaces are oftentimes not supportive of teaching and learning. For example, health is a basic consideration for an adequate learning space and the COVID-19 crisis has shown that many schools have poor indoor air quality that’s greatly affecting students’ ability to learn,” said Bill Keslar, CEO of Building Solutions. “To create environments that support teaching and learning, facilities maintenance and basic upkeep need to be prioritized. Through our ‘Building Solutions for Brighter Futures’ program, we want to help schools identify achievable improvements, even in a budget-sensitive climate, while raising awareness of the importance of equity in school facilities and the significance of facilities management.”
The “Building Solutions for Brighter Futures” program is open to all school types, including public, charter, private, and parochial. The building nominated must be at least 10 years old, used for educational activities for students in prekindergarten to 12th grade, and in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. The nomination period begins today and closes on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Applications received by the deadline will be reviewed and up to 30 schools that meet the qualifications will be accepted into the program. If more than 30 qualified schools apply, Building Solutions will select 30 by lottery.
“School facilities play a significant role in enhancing learning environments, improving school culture, and supporting better educational outcomes,” said Dennis Palmer, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Building Solutions. “Schools with a facility plan are in a better position and can be better prepared when challenges arise and we hope our work will bring awareness to the importance of building management and help schools be better equipped to address their facility needs.”
To commemorate their 30th anniversary, Building Solutions announced in October their “Building Solutions for Brighter Futures” campaign, which aims to foster improvements to schools in under-resourced communities and help achieve better outcomes for all PreK-12 students in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Along with the company’s donation of time and facility equity assessments of 30 schools in the area, the campaign also seeks to create an advocacy committee with fundraising and policy goals to help North Texas schools make the necessary improvements identified by the assessments, long after the campaign ends. In addition, the program will include a mentorship program for facility leaders and staff in hopes to elevate school facilities management and empower facilities leaders. Additionally, Building Solutions will host a series of conversations with education and business leaders to discuss topics related to educational equity. Once the campaign concludes, Building Solutions will issue an impact report, wrapping up the findings from the facility equity assessments and key learnings from the campaign in hopes to model how such a focus on facilities should be applied to schools across the country.
To nominate a school, visit buildingsolns.com/30th and complete the form.
More information about "Building Solutions for Brighter Futures"
A number of events in 2020 ignited our team to embark on this year-long journey to champion educational equity. COVID-19 and the tragic deaths of many people of color were catalysts for this campaign, along with a reevaluation of our core values. All these events have rightfully placed a spotlight on the growing inequities for racial and ethnic communities across the country, underscoring the need for corporate citizens to step up and speak up.
Words from CEO Bill Keslar: “The coronavirus pandemic and the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, among too many others, have highlighted the growing inequities for racial and ethnic communities across the country, underscoring the need for corporate citizens to step up and speak up. We want to do more than talk. Our company’s core values are rooted in helping others be the best they can be and we are disheartened by the disparities among our schools, particularly as they are a key indicator of underlying injustices in our society. We hope that our commitment and actions will lead to greater lasting change than that of the past 50 years.”
Building Solutions’ core values are rooted in helping others be the best they can be and we are disheartened by the disparities among our schools, particularly as they are a key indicator of underlying injustices in our society.
Not only does Building Solutions seek to identify where schools may be falling short in terms of their facilities but also provide school leaders with the resources, tools, and expertise to maintain their building well beyond this campaign.