Leading Instructional Transformation

leveraging technology to transform instruction

It’s About Your Goals

We take a holistic approach to technology reformation. From planning services, and design to engineering and implementation, we walk through each step with you to ensure that your district goals and expectations are met.

Technology Planning

Design & Engineering

Implementation Services

Technology Planning

Consider that technology goes through a complete change revolution every 45-60 days… Communications By Design creatively establishes a Technology Plan that addresses the present and future needs of all students. Flexible and adaptive solutions for your district today!

Site visits

The best way to develop a plan that aligns with the vision for your district is to put ourselves in your shoes. That’s why we come to you! During our site visits, we take an analysis of your current facilities as well as input from your administrators, teachers, students and community to develop a comprehensive roadmap to reach your district’s goals.

Budgets

With over two decades of experience in accurately budgeting for public technology projects, we understand how crucial a solid plan is to the scope of the project. Through collaboration with IT, Curriculum Directors and other district staff, we will formulate an accurate, detailed and individualized budget plan within your district guidelines.

Community Messaging

This is one of the most important, yet overlooked components of technology planning. However, if you hope to be successful, you need the support of your community. We make sure that your messaging is concise, consistent and compelling. From websites and social media messaging to newsletters and pamphlets, we are experienced in leveraging knowledge and passion to get your community informed and on board.

Bond planning

Bond planning can be an overwhelming and complicated process. If your bond is state-qualified, CBD can assist you in completing the Pre-Qualification Treasury Application as well as guide you through the Treasury Hearing and community involvement.

Design & Engineering

Communications By Design effectively communicates the intricate details inherent in technology design to the architect creating facility drawings and the construction management company overseeing the physical construction of the building.

Facility Development and Scheduling

We work closely with engineering and architectural firms to make sure that every detail is accounted for during the developmental process. We are experienced in creating detailed schedules that deliver clear expectations and deadlines for construction teams and technology vendors. In order to avoid delays, we cross reference the development calendar with the district calendar to identify any scheduling conflicts and resolutions ahead of time.

Technology System Design

For more than two decades, CBD has successfully designed technology systems to meet the needs of our clients. Design experience includes network systems (both wired and wireless), video surveillance systems, telecommunication systems, intercom systems, classroom A/V presentation systems, printing and imaging systems, virtual server farms, Storage Area Networks and more.

Bid Management

Bid preparation and management can be an overwhelming and time consuming process. That’s why we are dedicated to assisting our clients in placing bid advertisements, documenting and responding to bid inquiries, reviewing proposals and attending committee and board meetings to review recommendations.

We have the experience required to get you through the bid process. We are with you every step of the way. See below for a full list of our competitive bid management services.

  • Write and coordinate placement of bid advertisements in local publications and state websites
  • Schedule and host pre-bid project reviews for potential bidders
  • Actively distribute bid specification documents for potential bidders
  • Respond to, and document bidder inquiries and questions throughout bid process
  • Manage, conduct and document public bid opening
  • Review all proposals
  • Meet with qualified bidders
  • Conduct reference checks
  • Develop comprehensive documentation to clarify overall and detailed comparison of bids
  • Create narrative report documenting award recommendations and due diligence completed to reach team consensus for such recommendation
  • Attend committee and board meeting(s) to present project recommendations and answer questions
  • Assist with contract execution in compliant format to retain specification stipulations
  • Conduct kick-off meeting with Contractor and Owner to confirm project expectations processes

Implementation Services

We schedule contractors – assuring just-in-time delivery of equipment, evolving specifications of hardware, installation and programming of network electronics, file-servers and PCs, including final clean up and restoration of the environment.

Project Management

Once your project is underway, our project managers will set and communicate clear expectations, protocols and deadlines to contractors, making sure that the project progresses smoothly and efficiently. We will conduct regular progress meetings, facilitate communications to ensure that the work being done is within timeline and budget guidelines. Once the project is complete, CBD will remain with you to ensure proper quality standards are maintained, warranty details are documented and appropriate staff training is completed.

System Testing and Documentation

Before a project gets our stamp of approval, we will walk through the facility to make sure that the installations are up to our high standards and working properly. After testing is complete, the Owner is furnished with testing documentation as well as warranty and follow up information for all installed systems.

Payment Processing and Accounting

CBD works throughout a project to efficiently audit, approve and track all related expenditures including AIA contract payment requests, change orders, project allowances and misc. invoices. Our online tracking tool is accessible to the Owner 24/7 and is reviewed quarterly with the finance department to ensure the project is on track with the overall budget.

Device Deployment

CBD has developed and organized a seamless plan to assist clients in the deployment of 1:1 computing devices. From selecting the appropriate device to getting that device in the hands of students, CBD works closely with the IT department to ensure a smooth and successful integration with the district’s current systems and network security policies.

  • Device Selection Competitive Bidding Processes
  • Student Device Handbook Creation
  • Informational Parent Meetings
  • Device Preparation Protocols
  • Student Information Systems Integration
  • Wireless Protocols & Content Filtering
  • Mobile Device Management Selection & Implementation
  • Device Accessories & Software Systems
  • Ongoing Ownership Budgeting, Device Insurance & Refresh Plans
  • Student & Staff Training
  • Ongoing IT Department Organization

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