Education

Founded on the principles of integrity, innovation and inclusion, we believe that education is the key to creating meaningful societal change and a better, more prosperous future for everyone – regardless of one’s socio-economic background. We also understand that facilities play a critical role in the educational process, providing inspiring, functional and safe learning environments. Because of these convictions, Vanir has made serving educational institutions a core focus of our business for more than three decades. We are proud to say that we have created or improved the learning environments of hundreds of thousands of K-12, community college and university students nationwide.

We know from experience that aging facilities; everchanging health, safety and technology requirements; fluctuating enrollment numbers; changing demographics; high stakeholder expectations; and limited resources are a reality for many educational institutions. Vanir can help. Our award-winning team has the necessary expertise, skills, experience and passion to successfully deliver your capital programs or projects.

At Vanir, we understand and appreciate the central importance of education to our society, and have a profound interest in helping advance its mission. This conviction aligns us with the goals and aspirations of school districts, community colleges and universities across the country. It has drawn us to the education market for the past 30-plus years, shaped and guided our practices and led us to build staff that, by their nature, are enthusiastic, well-suited and committed to serving educational institutions.

Chuck Kluenker, Vice President and Executive Director for Education

K-12

With more than 35 years of robust K-12 experience and an unwavering commitment to our nation’s youth, Vanir understands just how much is at stake when it comes to successfully planning and delivering capital programs and projects. To date, we have managed over 1,200 modernization and new construction projects for more than 160 public, independent, charter and tribal school districts with a combined construction value exceeding $5.4 billion. Our portfolio spans the full spectrum of K-12 facilities, including elementary, middle, PreK-8 and high schools.

By building strong working relationships with principals, administrators, staff, teachers, parents, students, community members, governing agencies and your project team, Vanir will successfully manage your district’s construction program from pre-bond planning through construction and into occupancy.

Comprised of industry experts who have dedicated the majority of their careers to understanding and addressing schools’ needs, Vanir’s K-12 team understands that no two districts are the same. Whether it’s an entire bond program or an individual project, we will tailor our services to meet your district’s unique needs.

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The quality, skill level and forward-thinking abilities of the team Vanir has assembled to run these projects are among the best that I have ever seen in my career.

Dave Gallaher, Former Chief Facilities Officer, Hayward Unified School District

Community Colleges

Community colleges are a critical part of the higher education system. With more than 1,000 public and private two-year institutions nationwide, they enroll nearly half of all college students and provide educational opportunities that may otherwise be out of reach. Benefits include:

  • Affordability – Community colleges offer many of the classes required by four-year universities, but at a fraction of the cost. They also offer scholarships and financial aid that can help reduce the cost even further.
  • Flexibility – Community colleges are designed to provide maximum flexibility for “non-traditional” students who are older, have children or are already part of the workforce and need to balance school with family and career obligations. This means that they offer night classes, once-a-week degree programs and condensed coursework to ensure students a wide range of options for completing their courses and degrees.
  • Personalized attention – Community colleges tend to have smaller class sizes, which lead to increased opportunities for more personalized instruction from professors.
  • Specialized programs and transfer agreements – Community colleges offer a wide variety of courses that prepare students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, provide workforce training or simply enrich their lives through learning. Many community colleges also have admissions agreements with public colleges that allow qualified students to transfer their credits toward earning a bachelor’s degree.

Vanir is proud to partner with community colleges across the country to create learning environments that prepare students for the next phase of their educational or career journeys. Our team draws on 30-plus years of technical experience, a thorough understanding of the various project delivery frameworks available to public higher education clients and the latest technological innovations to plan, oversee and deliver large-scale, multi-phase programs and one-off projects that realize your vision and exceed your expectations.

We prefer to engage at the beginning of a program or project, working collaboratively with all stakeholders to create and implement detailed construction plans. These plans often include coordinating and performing challenging construction and renovation processes within occupied spaces, which requires specialized expertise to identify and mitigate risk; ensure student, faculty, community and project team safety; and minimize construction impacts such as dust and noise. We look forward to building innovative, sustainable and enduring structures that inspire pride in your students and faculty.

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Vanir’s attitude and aptitude are genuine assets to our projects. They have performed in an exemplary way in every aspect from pre-design stages and constructability review to and through construction closeout and occupancy.

John Holland, Director of Facilities Planning, West Valley Mission Community College District

Universities

At Vanir, we understand that higher education is about more than just grades. For many, it is a vehicle for social change and personal, professional and economic growth. As such, it is imperative that today’s universities offer high-tech, dynamic and forward-thinking academic, athletic, healthcare and living facilities.

For more than three decades, Vanir has partnered with numerous universities across the nation to successfully plan and deliver new and renovated facilities. We tailor our approach to each university’s unique needs and culture, maintaining a steadfast commitment to delivering high-quality buildings that maximize value for every dollar spent.

We will work seamlessly with your administrative, facilities and teaching staff, as well as university students and community members, to ensure that stakeholder expectations and all agreed upon cost, schedule and quality goals are met or exceeded.

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Vanir reconciled the University’s insurance issues with FEMA resulting in a risk elimination of over $40 million. In addition to reducing risk to the University, the Vanir team successfully increased funding in excess of $15 million.

Keith McKendall, Former Assistant Vice President for Facilities, Dillard University

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