School Planning

The School Planning Section of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction assists public schools, architects, and design teams in the planning and design of high quality school facilities that enhance education and provide lasting value to the children and citizens of North Carolina.

Project Planning

  • Facility Programming
  • Space Profiles
  • Site Selection
  • Design Guidelines
  • Cost Estimating
  • Demolition
  • Building Codes
  • Prototype School Designs
  • Statewide Facility Needs Survey

Design Review

  • School Planning professionals conduct design reviews for new schools, additions, and renovations.  Design reviews ensure that school facilities accommodate modern educational program requirements.  Project reviews encompass code compliance, life safety, longevity, durability, economy, and efficiency of building construction systems.  Comments address local program flexibility while providing accountability with regard to the State Board of Education's North Carolina Public Schools Facilities Guidelines.  Design review conferences are available at each design phase, offering design teams and school administrators the opportunity to meet with the School Planning staff of architects, engineers, and programmatic specialists.

School Construction

  • Construction Costs
  • Building Demolition
  • Modular Facilities

Capital Funding

  • PSBCF — Public School Building Capital Fund
  • NBPSCF — Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund
  • ADM Corporate Tax Revenue
  • Equipment Grants
  • Federal Funding
  • Technology Fund
  • School Bonds
  • Hurricane Recovery

Legislative References

  • NC Laws governing school construction

External Resources

  • Green Ribbon Schools — U.S. Department of Education
  • A4LE — Association for Learning Environments
  • NCSF — National Council on School Facilities
  • External Planning Resources
  • School Closing Procedures
  • Archived Publications

Residential Campuses

  • WNCSD — Western NC School for the Deaf, Morganton, NC
  • ENCSD — Eastern NC School for the Deaf, Wilson, NC
  • GMS — Governor Morehead School for the Blind, Raleigh, NC
  • NCCAT — North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Cullowhee, NC
  • NCCAT — North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Ocracoke, NC

Prototype Designs

  • School Planning maintains a central clearinghouse of Prototype School Designs in accordance with the requirements of G.S. 115C-521.

Contact Information

Teri Williams Office Manager 919-807-3557
Nathan Maune, AIA Section Chief 919-807-3560
Jon Long, AIA Architect (919) 807-3565
Dennis Hilton, PE Structural Engineer 919-807-3563
Josh Burris, PE Mechanical Engineer (919) 807-3566
Jonathan Jones, PE Electrical Engineer (919) 807-3556