PHS repairs to be scheduled soon

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Pearland ISD is moving forward with much needed mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades at Pearland High School.

The board on Dec. 9 authorized a contract for construction manager at risk, a consulting contractor that serves a number of functions during the pre-construction phase.

The next stage of the process will include an issue that has caused concern among board members and school staff: pulling off the major repairs to the busy campus without disrupting classes.

“We will get with the principal and staff and make sure we get a good schedule, and we will bring it to the board and let you know what’s going on,” PISD Facilities Director David Holland told Trustees.

A recent PBK architect study identified a list of needed facility repairs, including up to $20 million in upgrades at the aging Pearland High campus.

The chosen construction manager at risk firm, LaPorte, Texas-based Comex Corp., received the highest ranking and was deemed the best value. Comex has successfully performed renovations and addition work for Pearland ISD schools in the past, staff reported.

The contract is in the amount of $20,000 for pre-construction services, along with a construction manager fee of 3.11 percent of construction costs and a general conditions fee of 4.1 percent of construction costs.

Since school districts almost always plan major renovations to take place during the summer months, trustees were anxious to get the project moving in the right direction.

“We will try to be flexible… because I venture to say there’s going to be a lot of ISDs around the area shaping up for the same timeline,” Trustee Rusty DeBorde said. “It’s going to be a bottleneck potentially.”

The board in July authorized the sale of nearly $35 million in unsold bonds to address its more urgent facility needs identified in the PBK study, and will likely dip into the district’s fund balance for the estimated $7 million needed for renovations to Lawhon and Carleston elementaries.

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