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Last Wednesday, I had the honor of attending the ribbon cutting and ground breaking ceremony for the FWISD Polytechnic High School Garden.  After receiving the $5000 grant last summer from The CEFPI North Texas Chapter IMPACT Award, it was exciting to see the student and faculty putting the money to use.

As the 20 or so students gathered to take pictures and share cookies in the courtyard, I was reminded how a simple garden and community project can do so much for the average teen today.  Nice job CEFPI; great IMPACT on the community!



The past year has been a busy one for the North Texas Chapter of CEFPI.  Just 11 months ago we changed our name, more than doubled our chapter programs, planned a successful inaugural golf tournament and designed a new chapter sponsored grant program; our IMPACT Award.  CEFPI is an organization bringing professionals together who impact the school facility environment through design, planning and construction of school facilities. We now have an ability to further impact the school community we serve with an annual grant program selecting one of many worthy projects to sponsor with a cash award of $5000.  The award vision statement:

To enhance the usability of an educational space with a permanent
enhancement or modification and to impact the community; supporting its involvement in the local education process

I was honored this week to celebrate this vision becoming reality with our first Impact Award given to the Fort Worth ISD’s Polytechnic High School – Family and Consumer Sciences “Poly’s Community Garden”.

The submittal for Poly’s community garden presented a persuasive argument for how their project met our award criteria:

  • How will this investment impact the students at the school receiving the award?
  • How will this investment impact, encourage and promote future community involvement in the school?
  • Long term, how significant is the anticipated result from this investment?

Representing Fort Worth ISD in accepting the award were:

  • Art Cavazos
    Chief of District Operations
  • Tobi Jackson
    Board Member – District 2
  • Daniel Scroggins
    Polytechnic High School Principal

There is a clear and strong vision to have this become a ‘community garden’ as well as a school project which is incredibly powerful. The development of the project is planned to be executed by students and the surrounding community over the next school year.  I look forward to seeing the impact Poly’s Community Garden makes in the Polytechnic High School Community as the chapter visits next year to see the results!

President, North Texas Chapter, CEFPI


I recently attended the 2012 Southern Regional Conference for CEFPI. (The Council of Educational Facility Planners).  The day was full, touring the exhibit hall, attending sessions, and reconnecting with colleagues and friends.

While touring the exhibit hall, I met an interesting vendor, Lactette.  Lactette is a product designed to solve the complex problem of inadequate facilities and barriers facing nursing mothers.  This company’s products and designs for lactation rooms are needed in today’s schools, colleges, and universities.  The timing was perfect, as this is the kind of design solution we have been seeking for our Houston Community College Project.

There were many interesting exhibitors on hand as well.  I spoke with Armko about roofing and waterproofing; the Gordian Group about Job Order Contracting (JOC) and how to successfully implement JOC in a school district; and others.

I attended several information sessions.  The one that really spoke to me was about building restoration and adaptive reuse.  While we have significant experience with this, hearing how colleagues and school district personnel implement them was interesting and educational.  Adapting reuse of existing buildings has great potential for getting students out of temporary buildings and into positive permanent learning environments.