Facilities and Construction

For each construction project, state law requires the district to select the project delivery method that will provide the best value.  The following are resources related to buying, selling, and leasing real estate; school construction; and facilities standards for new construction and renovation.

Construction
Facility Standards

Construction

TASB Resources

  • Members of the Texas Council of School Attorneys (CSA) with an online subscription to the Legal Research Library can view and download the CSA Construction Committee’s model amendments to the standard American Institute of Architects (AIA) contracts.  All school districts are encouraged to work with their school attorney before signing construction contracts.
  • TASB Legal Services' article Architect or Engineer? (pdf) answers questions about when a school district is required by law to hire an architect or engineer for its construction projects.
  • For information on criminal history background checks for contractors, see eSource at Personnel – Employment Requirements.
  • For information on school officials' required conflict of interest disclosures, see eSource at Governance – Conflicts of Interest.

Other Resources

Facility Standards

TASB Resources

Other Resources

  • Texas Education Agency's (TEA) Facilities Funding and Standards website includes links to the certificate of project compliance forms that must be submitted for school construction and major space renovation projects as well as links to resources addressing facility standards for schools and other buildings.
  • The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Playground Safety Publications website provides a number of resources addressing playground safety issues generally and specific issues such as hot metal playground equipment, strangulation hazards, and lead paint on playground equipment.
  • The U.S. CPSC Public Playground Safety Handbook details standards for building and maintaining playgrounds.
  • The ASTM International Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use (ASTM F1487-11) includes the standards a district must adhere to when purchasing and installing playground equipment.
  • The Railroad Commission of Texas Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Rules addresses the handling liquefied petroleum gas (LP-gas), including testing of LP-gas systems in school facilities.
  • The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) Industrialized Housing and Buildings website includes information about relocatable educational facilities, also known as portables.
  • The TDLR Elimination of Architectural Barriers website provides information about compliance with the Architectural Barriers Act and the Texas Accessibility Standards as well as related forms and guidance.
  • The U.S. Access Board website provides information about accessible facility and transportation design to address the needs of individuals with disabilities, including accessibility guidelines for play areas, building elements designed for children's use, and district facilities.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website provides information about facility accessibility requirements for individuals with disabilities as well as related guidance and technical assistance.