As the new school year begins and the students’ future needs are assessed, it may seem like the right time to consider a remodel or construction project. Districts may be more comfortable working with professionals who understand their unique needs in education.
While retaining a law firm that understands school issues can help with those legal needs, hiring an attorney that can comprehend the niche nature of construction law has its benefits. A new school building is not likely to be truant, but it will need to meet certain codes and standards.
Construction project needs vary by state
For instance, all facilities of school districts and educational services in New York must comply with the Uniform Safety Standards for School Construction and Maintenance Projects. This regulation standardizes how construction and maintenance activities are monitored, health and safety requirements and more. When there are several construction workers and contractors coming in and out of a school and performing loud building tasks where children are trying to learn, it’s imperative to make sure students remain safe.
New Jersey school projects are bound by the Educational Facilities Construction and Financing Act, which establishes the state legislature is required to provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of free public schools. Any new construction projects will likely need to meet their standards.
Construction projects cost a lot of time and money for school districts. Working with a construction law attorney who has experience with finding a cost-effective resolution during and building disputes can help same time and cut through some of the red tape.