VLK Architects Serves on TASA School Facilities Committee to Provide Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 61

Fort Worth, Texas – As one of the state's leading K-12 architects, VLK Architects consistently makes Texas public education one of our top priorities. Managing Partner, Todd Lien, has exemplified this commitment as a member of the TASA School Facilities Committee tasked with Proposing Revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 61, School Districts, Subchapter CC, Commissioner's Rules Concerning School Facilities. The 22 member committee is making recommendations for updates and offering suggestions for alternative methods of compliance with the new standards. Included on the TASA committee were architects, superintendents, educators, school administrators, students, school facilities personnel, contractors, board members, police officers, and the Chamber of Commerce members from across the state.

"Being a part of this committee was a great experience to work with education leaders across the state to help shape the future of educational facilities for years to come," said Todd Lien, Managing Partner, VLK Architects, Inc.

The committee's goal was to present standards that do not duplicate existing statutory or regulatory requirements while providing a flexible framework that will allow districts to adapt as education continues to evolve. Topics related to instructional design, FFE, flexibility, technology, and class size were considered as well as minimum standards for life safety, security, environmental stewardship, inclusive design, and healthy buildings.

These new guidelines were proposed and will take effect this year, on September 1, 2020. The proposed revisions would provide an end date for the current school facilities standards rule, and create a new rule to implement the safety standards required by Senate Bill 11, 86th Texas Legislature, 2019. These guidelines are not comprehensive changes to the current 19 TAC Chapter 61 standards and are available for comment currently through TEA's public comment website. The comment period of these proposed new guidelines intends to gather public opinions and to prepare revisions to be presented to the Commissioner for consideration.