MISSION—Timelines for high school construction projects were discussed at the Mission CISD Facilities Committee meeting held last week. Superintendent Ricardo Lopez showed concern over the design development time for the Mission High School Phase III Renovation, which was predicted to last for 11 months.
“Just a clarification—you say this is about standard,” Lopez said. “In my experience, this process only takes about 8 months. It’s not a full 11 or a year. This seems four months too long just from my experience.”
Manuel Hinojosa, with ERO Architects, explained the project planning portion is lengthy due to the complicated nature of the design and regulations that needed to be followed.
“This is a combination of a classroom building, cafeteria and all the different buildings that have renovation,” Hinojosa said. “As well as how we are going to do demolition. There is a lot of thought that goes into a project like this.”
Hinojosa added they were also following the education program created by the district.
“We have a schematic, and the project will go into design development from now until May and construction documents will be from June to December,” Hinojosa said. “The bid process will be from January (2015) to March (2015) with an 18 month construction time with the project.”
Rick Rivera, executive director for maintenance, facilities and construction, stated the education program included a projected timeline based off of what ERO Architects had provided. Hinojosa said they used the program as an idea, but added spending time on the project would give the district their money’s worth.
ERO Architects staff added they still had meetings with the City of Mission for their guidelines when working on a property that is over 50 years old. Lopez confirmed their timeline for the project was a conservative one, and had the possibility of shortening in the future.
On the timeline from EGV Architects for MCHS, advertising for project proposals will begin at the end of March and the board would award the project in June 2014. The estimated substantial completion date for the project is set for June 30, 2015.
For the preliminary cost estimate, the district is looking at nearly $10 million on building cost and $1.5 million on civil work. Extra fees on the MCHS building for fencing, gas services, lighting, landscaping and other testing fees total to $105,000.
The total estimated cost for the MCHS project totals to just over $12.8 million for the 79, 988 square foot project. The campus will be built on district owned property next to Cavazos Elementary and Alton Memorial Jr. High.
The Mission CISD Board approved the schematics for the project at the regular board meeting on Wednesday evening.