Progressive program management and competitive pricing among contractors have provided a considerable amount of savings on NISD bond projects.
So far, the 2007 bond program has netted a cost savings of about $50 million, and the 2010 bond program also is experiencing savings on several projects recently bid.
“Expert and proven management practices that have evolved over time positively impact the cost of construction of schools and other projects,” said Leroy San Miguel, Assistant Superintendent for Facilities and Operations.
“This is a good thing because we are getting the traditional high quality construction at a reduced cost,” San Miguel added. “The savings are then reallocated to make other improvements and upgrades district wide especially at existing campuses.”
When savings are available, the Superintendent discusses various recommendations with the Board of Trustees for the use of the savings. In addition, members of the Bond Advisory Committee are apprised of the funding that is available and possible projects that are recommended for construction.
“The current climate for construction is extremely advantageous to the taxpayers,” San Miguel said. “We have found that contractors are eager to get jobs in this economy, thus the District gets reduced construction costs. However, we do not lower the design standards or expectations when the pricing comes in lower than established budget.”
Additional projects such as new tracks for all high schools, an addition to the Culebra Transportation Station, Farris Stadium turf replacement and drainage, and fire alarm and air conditioning projects Districtwide have been identified for improvements and upgrades.
Here is a summary of some of the major School Bond 2007 and 2010 projects underway in NISD.
- Los Reyes Elementary School – This school will open this summer. The $17.5 million school being built for 800 students and is located in the Triana subdivision off Bandera Road, approximately 3 miles from Helotes. The school will open at about half-capacity but is expected to grow to its maximum enrollment within three years.
- The McClung Transportation Station – NISD’s fifth transportation station is located at 14173 Old FM 471 and will serve the growing population in far western Bexar County. It will be home to about 250 buses. It is named for former transportation leader and alternate fuels visionary Mike McClung. The $5.6 million facility will be completed next month.
The Culebra Transportation Station – This $1.4 million project is building an addition at the facility located next to the Gustafson Stadium, at Culebra Road and Loop 410. It is due to be completed this summer.
The Northside Swim Center – The outdoor competition pool and diving pool known as the Northside Swim Center is under construction next to Farris Stadium and the Northside Natatorium. The $19 million joint venture between NISD and Bexar County is expected to be completed by March 2013.
The Northside Tennis Center – Construction has started on the Northside Tennis Center, which is being built in Helotes across from O’Connor High School. The 18-court, $4 million facility is expected to be completed by February 2013.
- Science Classrooms and Renovations at Jones, Stevenson, and Zachry middle schools – The $47 million projects will make significant renovations at all three schools and build a science classroom addition at each. All are expected to be completed by this summer.
- Rayburn Middle School – Two-Phase Building Replacements – This $9.4 million two-phase project will demolish Buildings B and G and will rebuild a 30-classroom addition as well as relocate the football field. Phase I is complete and Phase 2 should be finished by mid-summer.
- O’Connor High School – The construction projects at O’Connor HS include a 16-classroom addition and a ROTC facility. The $3.4 million project is expected to be finished in mid-summer.
Taft High School – The nine-phase project at Taft High School includes major infrastructure work that completely replaces the mechanical, lighting, heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems at the school. Total completion is expected in July 2013.
Michael Elementary School – Expected to be completed this summer is the $1.9 million, 8-classroom addition at Michael.
- Dr. Sara B. McAndrew Elementary School – Formerly known by its working name, “Cielo Vista North”, McAndrew Elementary will open in Summer 2013 and is being built for 540 students. The $19.8 million school is under construction at Toutant Beauregard Street.
- Kay Franklin Elementary School – Formerly known by its working name, “FM471North,” Franklin Elementary will also open in summer 2013 and will house 660 students. The $18 million school is under construction at Silver Spot and Raw Silver, south of Galm Road.