Campus expansion projects move ahead

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Expansions and renovations to two Pearland ISD elementary campuses moved forward last week at the regular school board meeting.

The board awarded a contract for “construction manager at risk” for additions and renovations to both Carleston and Lawhon elementaries.

“The next important step is that we hire a CM at risk to help us come up with the guaranteed maximum price,” Superintendent John Kelly said.

While the contract, awarded to Humble-based Purcell Construction Inc., is the next step in the process – but does not necessarily mean the construction projects will be approved.

“You all said that you’re not sure yet whether you’re going to go with this project or more extensive work, or changes needed,” he told the board.

The “construction manager at risk” works with the architects and administration to determine a “guaranteed maximum price” for the projects at both campuses. That report on cost and scope of the projects is usually determined within about two months.

“I think we anticipate this, optimistically, coming back to you in March–April,” Kelly said. “There’s some flexibility when you work with a CM at risk to determine what can be done. What I’ve proposed originally is that we’re going to spend $10 million on each project. So the resulting question back from (the board), if I can summarize, is, ‘What do we get for our $10 million?'”

“I don’t know how fast we get boots on the ground in terms of construction after that, but if we were to approve this, I’d guess we would start in the summer.”

The contract was approved in the amount of $20,000 for preconstruction services, plus a construction manager fee of 4.5 percent of construction costs and general conditions fee of 3.4 percent of construction costs.

Kitchen expansions, too, are in store for Shadycrest Elementary, which has the smallest kitchen of all the Pearland ISD campuses, as well as Carleston Elementary.

The school board last year learned the kitchens in both campuses were in need of renovation and expansion, and that the fund balance in food services is larger than necessary and should be spent on “appropriate needs.”

The district enlisted PBK Architects to draw up plans for the project for Shadycrest, delaying the Carleston project until the board received plans and cost estimates for the Shadycrest project, which is larger.

Hired for the Shadycrest kitchen project was Purcell Construction for $1.1 million.

The project will likely be completed during summer vacation, staff said.

Purcell submitted the second lowest bid, but has the highest score using the district’s criteria for rating proposals. The lowest contractor, according to district documents, did not have experience working with public schools, kitchen facilities or working in locations with children on the premises.

Also moving forward are repairs to Pearland High’s HVAC and plumbing systems. A guaranteed maximum price for that work is expected to be presented to the board next month.

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