Breakthrough Schools

Challenge
Breakthrough Schools, the highest performing network of free, public charter schools in Ohio, which includes the Citizens Academy schools, E Prep, and Village Prep schools, approached Allegro when their Director of Facilities, who was responsible for project and facilities management left the organization. Breakthrough Schools sought interim support while they searched for the ideal candidate to fill the vacant Director of Facilities position.  

Solution
Allegro immediately stepped into the role, working alongside the existing maintenance team to handle the day-to-day maintenance requests at all seven schools and provided supplemental maintenance technicians to complete day-to-day work orders in a timely manner. Additionally, Allegro was tasked with the management of two sizable facilities projects that were scheduled to be completed over summer break.

The first included a kitchen expansion in one of the schools. At the time, the client had basic drawings of the suggested modifications, which proved to be inadequate. Allegro engaged an architect and engineer to develop new plans that properly addressed the needs of the building and could be submitted to the City of Cleveland for permitting. The plans were submitted to the building department, and ultimately, permits were issued for construction as planned.

The second project involved the modernization of an existing elevator.  Breakthrough Schools engaged a local elevator contractor to update the old, frequently-broken lift with modern equipment, creating a like-new, reliable elevator in the facility. Allegro was engaged to work alongside the elevator contractor in the role of project manager to complete all project tasks that were not going to be performed by the elevator contractor, including mechanical room modifications, waterproofing, drywall, electrical, fireproofing, fabrication of metal fencing, and installation of a new fire rated door. Allegro worked with sub-contractors, the elevator inspector, and the fire marshall to navigate the rules and regulations and complete the project in a cost effective and timely manner.

After hiring a replacement Director of Facilities, Breakthrough Schools realized the organization would still benefit from additional maintenance technician support. As a result, they contracted with Allegro to provide part-time maintenance technicians responsible for handling repair and maintenance services across all seven facilities. This gave Breakthrough Schools the ability to quickly and efficiently react to and address the needs of the schools across the portfolio.

By providing excellent interim support during the client’s time of need, Allegro was able to build a long-term relationship with the organization that is sure to grow and evolve over time.