PHS repair costs within budget

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Repairs and replacements to Pearland High’s mechanical, plumbing and electrical components won’t cost more than the budgeted $17 million, Pearland ISD Trustees recently learned.

PISD talked money March 10 when it learned the “guaranteed maximum price” of needed renovations and updates to three of its campuses.

Phil Rutter of PBK Architects in February estimated the maximum cost for Pearland High repairs at $17.13 million.Comex Corp., the district’s construction manager at risk for the project, provided a guaranteed maximum price last Monday of just under $17 million.

Much of the work needed at Pearland High won’t be obvious, but is extensive. Trustees and administrators hope to tackle academic areas of the campus this summer and finish other areas during the school year, ramping up work during extended weekends and holidays.

The school board last summer authorized the sale of nearly $35 million in unsold bonds to address its “urgent” facility needs identified in a study done by PBK last year.

The renovations for Pearland High, along with the renovations and additions at Carleston and Lawhon elementary schools, have a total projected cost of $ 39.6 million.

The district is now moving forward with securing a guaranteed maximum price for work to the two elementary campuses. That work will be far more obvious to students, and even passersby, as renovations discussed include expansions.

Last year, PBK walked all campuses and studied facilities for a repair that ultimately detailed $166 million in recommended improvements, with some more urgent than others. Pearland High’s repairs were ranked among the more pressing needs. An expansion at Carleston, where enrollment is growing quickly, also was rated as priority.

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