Maintaining the buildings in Fort Wayne Community Schools is an important component of meeting the district’s goals. Academics are supported by suitable buildings. FWCS buildings are strong anchors in neighborhoods and serve families throughout the community, and being fiscally responsible requires these assets be maintained. Our children deserve well-maintained facilities that meet today’s educational needs.
The Facilities Department is responsible for all maintenance, repair, renovations, improvements and energy management for 61 educational and support buildings on 59 sites, serving nearly 30,000 students. Facilities and Maintenance & Operations take care of well over 800 acres and 5 million square feet of educational and support space. We work to keep our facilities operating efficiently and effectively. The Facilities Department is also responsible for all Capital Projects improvements, including both our annual Physical Plant Improvements (PPI) projects and our referendum-funded improvements (REPAIR FWCS).
The School District Spans
145.7 Square Miles
The Average Age of Our Schools is
60 years old
Our Newest School is
Miami Middle School, built in 1976
Our Oldest Building is
Construction Trades, built in 1899
The School District Owns approximately 858 acres of land
Our Energy Leadership Program has Saved the District Over
$8.8 Million in Energy-related Savings
Fort Wayne Community Schools Facilities Department
1519 Catalpa Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
Hours of Operation:
6:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday
Questions? Let’s Talk
Phone (260) 467-2075
Fax (260) 467-2534
Industry Information / Bid Timelines
Notices to Bidders will be posted when advertised. All projects currently out to bid and plan holder information is available via Eastern Engineering’s Virtual Planroom at Eastern Engineering
Bid awards and tabulations will be posted upon approval by the FWCS Board of School Trustees.
|NAME OF PROJECT||RFP/BID DOCUMENTS ISSUED||BIDS DUE DATE|
|2023 ESSER Ventilation Projects at Fairfield, Maplewood and Washington||February 20, 2023||April 13, 2023 - CONTRACT AWARD|
|CMc Services for the 2024-2025 ADA Lift Modernization Projects||May 3, 2023 - NOTICE TO BIDDERS||May 25, 2023|
|ESSER Bunche Elementary School RTU Replacement Project||May 5, 2023 - NOTICE TO BIDDERS||May 25, 2023 - CONTRACT AWARD|
|Franke Park Elementary Support Services Hub Renovation and ADA Lift Replacement||May 25, 2023 - NOTICE TO BIDDERS||June 20, 2023 - CONTRACT AWARD|
|2024 Entrance Vestibule and Office Security Projects at Holland, Indian Village and Northcrest Elementary Schools||May 25, 2023 - NOTICE TO BIDDERS||June 22, 2023 - CONTRACT AWARD|
|ESSER RTU Replacement Projects - Equipment Purchase||May 31, 2023||June 14, 2023|
|Blackhawk Middle School Bid Package 2 (CMC through Weigand Construction)||July 7, 2023||August 3, 2023|
|ESSER 2023 RTU Replacements Bid Package 1: Brentwood, Holland, Northwood, Portage, Shambaugh and Washington||August 15, 2023||September 12, 2023|
|ESSER 2023 RTU Replacements Bid Package 2: Indian Village, Northcrest, Study and Towles||August 15, 2023||September 14, 2023|
|ESSER 2024 Ventilation Project: Abbett, Holland, Shambaugh and Portage||August 15, 2023||September 14, 2023|
FWCS MAINTENANCE & OPERATIONS
The FWCS Maintenance & Operations Department provides maintenance and repair services to all facilities of FWCS. These services includes building, grounds and equipment maintenance, facility use contract administration, and input into physical plant improvement (PPI) and capital projects development. Our staff of mechanical & equipment, and genera maintenance personnel, electricians, plumbers, and groundskeepers work to service the District’s buildings, grounds and equipment in a manner that provides a high quality environment and enhances learning, productivity and District Pride.
Facility Use Policy
Groups or individuals may apply to use Fort Wayne Community Schools owned buildings and grounds. Guidelines for use of FWCS facilities, including rates, requirements and application form may be found here:
900 Acres of Grass
4 Million Square Feet of
Parking Lots and Bus Lanes
4 Million Square Feet of Roofs
Takes Care of Locks and Keys for Approximately
Maintains 194 Boilers
4,000 Pieces of HVAC Equipment
Maintains Nearly 3,000 Clocks
Maintain Over 30,000 Light Fixtures
66 Fire Alarm Systems and Nearly 15,000 Life Safety Devices
Maintain over 9,000 Plumbing Fixtures
400 Heating and Cooling Pumps
FWCS is pleased to partner with Sodexo Quality of Life Services to provide custodial services for our 61 District buildings. For more information on the services provided by Sodexo, please visit their website at the link below:
Sodexo inspects each building for quality six times annually and evaluates over 75,000 touch points. They use district specific information in their proprietary inspection application to obtain an industry accepted benchmark APPA (Leadership in Educational Facilities) score. In 2016 FWCS obtained a district wide APPA score of 1.78 (on a 1-5 scale where 1 is the highest possible score and 5 is the lowest score). Sodexo scores are obtained in the morning before school starts or after the custodian has completed their work.
FWCS completes an audit of the district’s buildings twice annually and a comparison is analyzed to provide oversight for the district. Our departments both understand that the goal of our departments are to maintain all buildings to high standards so the building staff members can focus on educating all students to a high level.
The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) was established in 1986 by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to control the use, maintenance, and disposal of Asbestos Containing Building Materials (ACBM). AHERA requires schools to develop a program to manage the ACBM in their facilities.
All Asbestos Containing Building Materials (ACBM) within a school facility must be inspected and monitored on a semi-annual basis (6 months) and a more thorough inspection every 3 years per the AHERA guidelines.
Any ACBM in the work area of a construction project will be abated (removed). During a complete renovation of a school facility all ACBM will be abated. Also, if its condition begins to deteriorate it will be removed.
FWCS notifies all students, parents, staff on an annual basis regarding the presence of ACBM.
Day of Caring
Each year prior to the start of the school year, volunteers clean, paint and spruce up the landscaping at several Fort Wayne Community Schools buildings as part of United Way of Allen County’s annual Day of Caring. Businesses and community groups sign up to work at schools throughout the city in partnership with the FWCS Maintenance & Operations Department. Hundreds of community volunteers plus staff, students and parents at each of the buildings will work to get the schools in shape for opening day. The friendships formed on Day of Caring often turn into long-term partnerships between the businesses and the schools with employees returning to volunteer or help the schools in other ways throughout the school year. For more information or to volunteer, please visit United Way of Allen County or the FWCS Communications Department.