21st Century Schools, Baltimore City Public Schools

Baltimore, MD

MGAC was engaged to support the technology systems upgrades for a major initiative for 21st Century School Building Plan. The scope of the program included the modernization and new construction of various educational buildings within Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS).

Following a competitive bidding procurement process, MGAC was a awarded the contract to evaluate the current technology standards that were being used for all new projects. Working with the various stakeholders, MGAC developed new standards for all technology disciplines to be used for all projects moving forward. In addition to the new standards developed, MGAC developed a standardized basis of design for all technology spaces to ensure consistency across all new projects. The standards document outlined design guidelines, requirements for system functionality and configuration, and standardization of specific equipment to be deployed. This aided in the efficient design development of each project and created uniformity across them. Equipment, cable types, and testing requirements are clearly defined for each system including the data network, audio-visual, VoIP network, DAS system, and security system.

Once the standards were developed and approved by all stakeholders, MGAC began work on the renovation and new construction of elementary, middle, and high schools along with administration buildings. These services include providing technology project management, owner’s representative services, procurement support, lead technology design, and oversight for the installation of technology spaces, data networks, wireless networks (WiFi and DAS), classroom AV, and structured cabling systems for each building. We are working closely with the architects, engineers, general contractors, and technology implementation partners for all systems within the scope. MGAC is also overseeing and managing the commissioning of the various technology systems after installation prior to turnover and acceptance. To date, MGAC has been involved in the renovation and/or new construction for the following schools.

BCPS Standards and Specifications Update
BCPS Arlington Elementary School
BCPS Cross Country Elementary / Middle School
BCPS James Mosher Elementary School
BCPS John Ruhrah Elementary / Middle School
BCPS Medfield Heights Elementary School
BCPS Montebello Elementary / Middle School





Credit: Quinn Evans Architects
Credit: Quinn Evans Architects
Credit: Quinn Evans Architects
Credit: Quinn Evans Architects
Credit: Quinn Evans Architects


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