Community engagement plan for K-12 construction projects 

USD 500 Kansas City Elementary School

Creating a community engagement plan for any kind of K-12 build is extremely important to keep local residents aware of what is going on and to get enough votes to pass a bond. Without engagement, you may not understand what the community needs and how to align those needs with the district. 

With every education project, McCownGordon Construction focuses on collaborating with both district leaders and the surrounding community. Through our dedication for excellence and drive for innovation, we’ve successfully created community engagement plans that lead to great results. Below, we’ll discuss some of the key strategies we implement during every K-12 construction project to ensure we 

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Invite district staff to preconstruction meetings

The preconstruction phase is the first step toward creating an open line of communication. Everyone who is a stakeholder on the project should understand the general goal, how everything will work, and the logistics before they can relay that information to the community. Therefore having district staff at design meetings, OAC (owner, architect and construction manager) meetings, trade partner meetings and pre-installation meetings is key to get everyone on the same page. 

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Reach out to local media outlets 

Once everyone involved is informed and confident about the project, then you can start releasing that information to the public. Local media outlets are a great way to disseminate information to a broad audience. This increases your chance of reaching parents, students, school staff, and other people in the neighborhood to help them understand what the project is and how it might affect them (both during construction and after project completion).

Have open information sessions 

Invite the community for face-to-face meetings to answer questions and address concerns. During this time, you can also pass out written materials and share presentations that outline the construction plan. It is important to explain what is happening with the project presently, the future trajectory and how you expect the new build to impact the area. 

Use social media to broaden your reach

Not all people will be able to attend meetings, so social media is a great opportunity to hear from more of the community. Not only can you get direct feedback, you can also create exciting posts such as 3D renderings of the project, construction updates, safety precautions and more. That will help parents, students and school faculty remain at ease. 

McCownGordon Construction can help with your community engagement plan for K-12 projects

At McCownGordon, our team of builders and engineers maintain a customer-focused mentality, allowing us to outperform even your highest expectations. Dedicated to promoting integrity, performance and relationships, it’s our people and values that truly make the difference. 

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Our customers aren’t simply another project; they’re an extension of our team and community. Together, we don’t just build—we bring creative visions to life. From first thought to final nail, we deliver quality work to ensure our builds stand above the rest. 

We have three regional offices around the Midwest—Kansas City, Manhattan and Wichita. Call us at 888-304-4929 or use our free online quote tool to start building today. 

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