Construction Terms Just like education, the construction
business uses its fair share of acronyms. Combine the two, and
the list grows even longer. To help you learn the lingo, below
are some of the terms and abbreviations you will see in
documents or hear in conversations over the next 10 years:
AAG (Akron Architectural
Group): A group of six Akron architectural firms Braun
& Steidl Architects, GPD Group, Hasenstab Architects Inc.,
Moody/Nolan Ltd. Inc., TC Architects Inc., and URS hired
to design the schools.
CD (Construction Documents): Detailed drawings and specifications for construction
projects and used for the bidding process.
CLC (Community Learning
Center): New schools designed to expand the use of the buildings
by the community.
CM (Construction Manager): A group of four local construction companies G. Stephens
Inc., Kenmore Companies, Panzica and Ruhlin selected to
manage all aspects of building construction.
Cooperative Agreement: An
agreement between the city of Akron and Akron Public Schools
outlining acquisition, construction, equipment financing,
operation, maintenance and use of Akron's community learning
CPT (Community Planning Team)
DD (Design Development): Drawings outlining architectural, structural, mechanical and
electrical systems, materials and other essential elements
reviewed prior to the construction document phase.
LFI (Locally Funded Initiative): Includes costs for items not covered by OSFC funding like
land acquisition, extra classroom space and fixed gymnasium
Master Schedule: A timeline of the construction phases for each building
to be renovated or rebuilt.
MFP (Master Facility Plan): A plan that describes the total building area needed to
house the projected student enrollment, buildings to be
rebuilt or renovated, and the basic project cost.
OSFC (Ohio School Facility
Commission): Established by the Ohio General Assembly in 1997 to provide
funding, management, oversight and technical assistance in
construction and renovation of school facilities. So far,
the OSFC has worked with more than half of the state's 612
school districts to build, rebuild, upgrade, renovate and
modernize schools. Learn more at osfc.state.oh.us.
POR (Program of Requirements): An evaluation and approval of the educational, schedule and
budget requirements prior to schematic design.
Rebuild Ohio: A plan to rebuild or renovate Ohio's 612 school
districts. More than $10 billion was set aside for the
project. This money was part of Ohio's share of a $206
billion national settlement between the tobacco industry and
a group of 46 states.
RKPS (Ruhlin, Kenmore, Panzica,
Stephens): A joint-venture team operating as construction manager
for the Akron rebuilding project (see CM above).
SD (Schematic Design): Preliminary architectural drawings illustrating the
scale of the project along with preliminary cost estimates.
SF (Square Foot)
Swing Space: Space used to
temporarily house students while new facilities are being
built or renovated.
The Joint Board of Review met on December 12, 2015. Visit the Oversight page for a list of
the Joint Board's minutes.