PHS repairs will be ‘phased’ to avoid disruption

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With the spring semester in full swing, Pearland ISD is working quickly to get a much needed repairs to Pearland High under way when classes dismiss for summer.

In a meeting with architects and the district’s construction manager at risk last Monday, Trustees were anxious to discuss a “phasing plan,” for the work – planning that would avoid disruptions for faculty and students.

“Given where we are, schedule-wise, we don’t want to run the risk of not having all that big equipment here to start that the minute school is over,” said Phil Rutter of PBK Architects.

Rutter said the first to be tackled is academic areas, with others throughout the following school year, particularly during extended weekends and holidays.

“There are some areas we think we can get into and work during school, but this has less disruptions for safety of the students and so on,” he said.

None of the basic phasing plan is set in stone, and will depend on sub-contractor scheduling, he said.

“We’ll have the numbers and the bids and we’ll know who we’re working with at the next meeting,” Rutter said.

Last year, a facilities study identified a list of urgently needed repairs, including $20 million in estimated repairs to the aging Pearland High campus’ mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. The school board last summer authorized the sale of nearly $35 million in unsold bonds to address its more urgent facility needs.

A contract could awarded as early as the March 10 board meeting, with costs on track with PISD’s budget. Architects and the project’s construction manager at risk stated last Monday in a preliminary report that the drive-out cost of the repairs is estimated at just under $19.4 million — with architect fees, surveying and materials testing and technology and equipment included. That estimate is on target with $20 million in bond funds allocated for the repairs.

“The $20 million included ‘soft’ costs, so we’re right at that target,” Rutter said.

With some of the Pearland High work completed throughout the next school year, the project would be wrapped up the following summer, Rutter said.

The PISD Board of Trustees meets regularly at 5 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Education Support Center,1928 N. Main. The public may attend and may address the board during the citizen’s participation portion. Individuals may sign up for citizen’s participation from 4 – 6:10 p.m. For upcoming meeting agendas and information, visit pearlandisd.org.

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