After running into issues with the repairs at Tom Landry Hall of Fame Stadium, which delayed the project for months, Mission CISD leaders and the board of trustees decided to split the repairs into two projects. G&G Construction would continue work on the home side while the district put the visitor side out to bid for a separate contract.
At the April school board meeting, the trustees voted to award the visitor side project to Terra Fuerte Construction for $480,000. Terra Fuerte is an Alamo-based construction company, and they were the only company to submit a proposal for the job. When the board bid out the stadium project last summer, Terra Fuerte ranked second after G&G Construction, who eventually received the contract.
According to Assistant Superintendent for Operations Rick Rivera and Albert Treviño of Rick Hinojosa Engineering, the construction company has been in business for more than 20 years, and the staff has experience with structural steel. Though Terra Fuerte only has two years of general construction experience, they have “many” years of concrete construction, which is the area most vital to the Tom Landry project.
Rivera said the district had a few general contractors at the proposal meeting to learn about the project, but none had an interest in submitting a proposal.
“The main reason why a contractor would try to shy away from a project like this is because it’s a renovation, and they’re trying to correct an item that was recently built,” Treviño explained. “This stadium doesn’t have more than three or four years, so a lot of them tend to shy away from providing a bid. They do try to look into the project, but at the end, they’ll say, ‘You know, it’s not for us at this point.’”
Terra Fuerte’s substantial completion timeframe for the visitor side is 143 days from April 21. Both sides of the stadium will undergo construction simultaneously by the two companies. Even though two different contractors are each working on a side of the stadium, Director of Public Relations and Marketing Craig Verley said the district is not concerned about the sides looking different from each other.
Treviño and Rivera said Terra Fuerte did a walk-through of the stadium before being awarded the contract, and they are fully aware of the stadium’s history.
“They have the capability of completing the project,” the engineer said.
Although the trustees have continued to express frustration with the entire process, they also said they understand the project cannot delay further.
“We don’t have a choice. We have to get it done,” trustee Petra Ramirez said. “They want the job so here we go again.”