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District-Wide Facilities Master Plan

Restoring community trust through transparency into district-wide investment priorities


Oakland Unified School District has lost 15,000 students in the past 15 years. A series of school closures meant to address the decline was having a disproportionate impact on Oakland’s students and communities of color. While significant facility investments were made in 2014, many campuses, particularly those in low-income communities, were still in need of sizable upgrades and investments. In 2019, MKThink was enlisted to help restore community trust in OUSD’s facility master planning process so that it could secure voter support for a general obligation bond to fund the improvements.


MKThink created a framework and methodology for reestablishing the fidelity of baseline facility data and prioritizing project investment through meaningful engagement with community stakeholders. The team captured, validated, and assessed data derived from the district’s “Citywide Planning” process and translated it into a framework for establishing and prioritizing $3.3B in capital project needs.


MKThink’s Facility Master Plan process created a transparent framework for prioritizing capital improvements that restored community trust in the facility decision-making process. This trust translated into 78% approval of the Measure Y bond initiative, which is funding $735 million in facility upgrades across five categories of need.


Oakland Unified School District


Facilities Master Plan


Oakland, CA




K-12 Education


Portfolio Assessment 2008
Asset Management Plan 2009
Facilities Master Plan 2012
Education Specifications 2013
Facilities Master Plan 2019 - 2020
Central Office Optimization 2020-2021

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