Birmingham City Schools
Volkert served as the Birmingham City School System’s (BCSS) program manager from 2003-2013 in the management of over a decade of Capital Improvements for the District. The program comprised of over 50 major new and renovated facilities, along with dozens of other ancillary projects, including a complete technology upgrade for the entire system.
The first task was an assessment of all existing school facilities according to categories such as age, square footage, enrollment capacity, current and projected student enrollment, and an overview of the school’s current physical condition. Based on the data gathered, Volkert developed a comprehensive ten-year capital improvement plan to serve as a blueprint for future projects and provided construction cost estimates to achieve compliance with current codes and standards.The BCSS program is the largest K-12 Capital Improvement Program in Alabama’s history, with a value of over $550 million and approximately 2.5 million square feet of space. It also boasts the highest level of participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Minority-Owned Businesses (MBE) on non-federally funded projects. The program was completed on time and was approximately $35 million under budget.
Birmingham City School System