MBP facilitated a formal value engineering workshop utilizing an independent team of architects and engineers to identify value-enhancement ideas on the design development documents. The value engineering study was conducted in accordance with the practices recommended by SAVE International. The new Princess Anne Middle School is a 257,000-gross-square-foot facility for a student population of 1,500 and 122 faculty and staff. The facility will be located on a 24-acre site at the location of the existing Princess Anne Middle School. This building is two stories with a separate classroom wing for each of the three grade levels. In addition to the classroom wings the building program will also include spaces for school administration, centralized teacher support, student services, health office, music/orchestra/choir rooms, world languages, teen living, physical education, design/innovation center, visual arts, school commons, discovery center, theater/auditorium/performance space, kitchen/dining, and maintenance/custodial/mechanical/electrical/building support. The site components include football, soccer, baseball, and softball fields; a track; basketball courts; bus/faculty/staff/visitor parking areas; and greenhouse and amphitheater curriculum teaching spaces.

The VE workshop identified 103 value improvement ideas during the creative phase of the study. After these ideas were evaluated based on subjective criteria for project improvement, 54 of these were determined to enhance the value of the project and were developed as formal proposals. The 54 proposals are estimated to have cost impacts with a total potential savings of approximately $8,484,000, or 14.1% of the project’s construction cost. Accepted cost reductions of approximately $6,000,000, or 10.0% of construction cost.