NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new survey by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) finds that a large majority of Americans (83%) consider public buildings—schools, libraries, community centers, and parks—part of their community's infrastructure. And, 94 percent of those surveyed say that having well-maintained public buildings are important to the future of their community.
In a key finding for policy makers, 83 percent of survey respondents agreed that investment in these public buildings is just as important as investment in roads and bridges. The survey also found that seven in 10 Americans want their public buildings renovated, and almost three-quarters of Americans consider public schools in good condition a "must have" in the communities in which they live. These are some of the major findings of the first-ever AIA survey of American attitudes toward essential community buildings. The survey results, conducted by The Harris Poll, were made public today at the AIA Build America Summit. "The survey findings are a clarion call to policy makers at all levels of government that Americans not only want safe roads and bridges, but also desire a serious financial commitment to public buildings that mirror and contribute to the communities in which they live," said AIA President Russell Davidson, FAIA. "The purpose of the Build America Summit is to expand the infrastructure discussion to include funding to repair, restore, and adapt the essential public buildings that give communities character, said Davidson, who conceived the Summit. Nearly 40 speakers and 350 attendees from design and construction, real-estate, education, development, and government will develop recommendations that will be shared with the incoming Presidential Administration and made available to state and local governments and community leaders.