Capital Planning & Real Estate

  • The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) Capital Planning & Real Estate Department consists of Risk Management, Facility Use, Real Estate, Senior Portfolio Managers, and a Capital Planning & GIS Specialist. The department provides service for a district portfolio that is one of the two largest in North Carolina. The district is composed of approximately:

    • 23,489,930 square feet of Space (excluding Mobiles/Modulars)
    • 5,292.912 Acres of Land
    • 183 Schools
    • 204 Total Sites/Facilities
    • 468 Buildings*
    • 947,868 square feet of Mobile/Modular Classrooms & Restrooms

    Capital Planning & Real Estate provides property and facilities-related expertise for the school district and excellent customer service to the public. It strives to take facilities-related issues and concerns away from principals' everyday decision-making so that they may concentrate on curriculum and instruction. It provides services to three primary areas – property management activities, external constituent activities and construction management activities, as follows but not limited to:

    • General property and constituent activities.
    • Serves as a liaison and the link between building services and school staff.
    • Inspection of the facilities and ensuring work order entry.
    • Meeting with principals and their designees on facilities issues.
    • Coordinating repair work with the maintenance shop.
    • Coordinating with Environmental Services response to health-related concerns.
    • Coordinating small capital projects and donated projects for schools.
    • Coordinating with technology, curriculum and instruction, athletics, exceptional children, child nutrition, transportation and other ֶƵdepartments.
    • Coordinating with executive staff, SLTs, PTAs, Community Use of Schools, state and local governmental agencies, and the general public.

    Construction management interaction with capital projects

    • Involvement in long-term capital needs assessment and capital improvement plans.
    • Serve as a liaison between ֶƵmaintenance and construction management services.
    • Participate in new schools and school renovation planning/design meetings.
    • Participate in architectural plan review.
    • Participate in construction progress meetings between the project manager, architects, and contractors.
    • Involved in building systems commissioning, resolution of architectural errors and omissions, construction turnover punch list, and warranty issues resolution.
    • Serve as a liaison between principals and the public with schools turning over from construction.
    • Act to safeguard the interests of the owner and future tenants of the school.

    The Capital Planning & Real Estate Department invites the schools and general public to call upon us at any time to help with questions related to the school properties or facilities.

    Please note that building totals include athletic buildings at all sites. Sites with multiple athletic buildings are counted as one building; they are not counted individually. Some recent projects have reduced site building counts by replacing multiple buildings with multi-level facilities, like West Charlotte High School.

Contact Us

  • Dennis K. LaCaria
    Executive Director
    Facilities Management

    3301 Stafford Drive
    Charlotte, NC 28208