Dennis L. Dunston, AIA, REFP, LEED AP
Director, Facilities Planning and Program Management

Mr. Dunston has over 22 years of experience in educational facility planning, design, and program management in California. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH).  He is a member of the State Allocation Board (SAB) Implementation Committee and is thoroughly familiar with the latest information on regulations, policies and legislation affecting school facilities. He has been active in the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) and through that organization has studied planning principles from across the United States.

Mr. Dunston was a member of the California Department of Education Task Force that developed the AB 1402 Design-Build Project Guidelines. He was actively involved in the discussions surrounding the development of the Guidelines and can provide insight into the reasoning behind many aspects of the information contained in this document.

Mr. Dunston is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-Accredited Professional and is active in developing the regulations for the new High Performance Grant Program enabled by AB127 and Proposition 1D. Most recently, Dennis has been a principal and director of K-12 business development in Northern California for HMC Architects. Prior to joining HMC, Mr. Dunston was an Associate Principal at Stafford King Architects in Sacramento, California.

As the Director of Facilities Planning & Program Management for Total School Solutions (TSS), Mr. Dunston is responsible for leading TSS teams in developing and implementing facilities master plans. In that role, he supervises and coordinates the process of planning, construction and furnishing school facilities from inception to completion. He also leads our State eligibility and funding application services.

Mr. Dunston is a co-author of California School Facilities Planning, A Guide to the Laws and Procedures for Funding, Siting, Design, and Construction. He also served in 2001 and 2002 on Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Professional Advisory Committee during the formulation of the CHPS Best Practices Manual.

Mr. Dunston earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Architecture from Iowa State University in 1977 and 1982, respectively.