Built to Order In the Eighties and Nineties, less than half of the $226 billion spent by school districts on construction projects was earmarked for new school buildings.Instead, the balance was used to enlarge and improve existing buildings, according to a February 2010 article in School Planning & Management.However, beginning in 2002, the trend reversed itself, and in 2009, almost 73% of construction budgets were for new schools. To learn more about school construction, including the amount spent by each geographic region, visit www.peterli.com/spm/pdfs/SPM-Construction-Report.pdf. While dollar fi ures aren’t available on cafeteria-specific construction, even general school construction trends can help operators and industry project potential needs for school kitchens, serving and dining areas.
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