Top ranking given to NISD on AGC Report Card

June 18, 2010

For the third consecutive year, Northside ISD is ranked No. 1 in construction among the eight largest public agencies in San Antonio.

The San Antonio chapter of Associate General Contractors recently conducted its third annual survey to evaluate performance in construction.

AGC members who responded to the survey ranked NISD No. 1. AGC membership includes local builders and contractors who are hired by NISD to construct and renovate school facilities.

The other agencies evaluated by the survey included: North East ISD, Judson ISD, University of Texas System, City of San Antonio, Bexar County, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The AGC Report Card graded performance in the following categories: safety, payment, relationships, bid documents, scope management, bid qualifications and evaluation, design coordination and management, and insurance and risk requirements.

Survey respondents were asked to rate an agency on each question using a grade scale of A (highest rating to F (lowest rating). The ranking of the eight public agencies was determined by combining the highest percentages of A's and B's.

In addition to having the overall highest grades, NISD also had the highest grades in five of the eight categories. Since the survey was first conducted in 2008, NISD's percentage of A's and B's has continually increased. In 2008, 70 percent of NISD's grades were A's and B's; it was 79 percent in 2009 and 84 percent this year.

"We are committed to a first-rate construction program, and this survey validates that," said Vernon Dunagin, Assistant Superintendent for Facilities and Operations. "However, when it comes to construction procedures, we always are looking for areas which we can make improvements. This survey shows we are improving steadily, and we will continue to do so."

The purpose of the survey is "to recognize public owners who demonstrate principled commitment to positive achievement in the execution of their construction projects, and to help owners who seek to improve in the delivery of their projects to their public constituencies, for the most effective use of taxpayer dollars."

Altogether, the eight agencies evaluated represent $3.3 billion in construction spending from February 2009 to January 2010.

Northside voters recently approved a $535 million bond issue that would build six new schools, upgrade cafeterias and libraries, provide new computers throughout the District, as well as other renovations at existing schools. For details on proposed projects, visit the School Bond 2010 informational web site.