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Big Spring Bond Updates (2011)

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Final Bond Project Update - October 1, 2012

Howard College presented the final Bond Project update to the Board of Trustees on Monday, October 1, 2012 during the regular October Board Meeting.  The following presentation was made by Terry Hansen, Executive Vice President.

Final Bond Project Update (YouTube)

 

Bond Project Update - September 26, 2011

Recent activities and meetings:

  • August /September – Various  meetings with Bond Project Superintendent as needed but not on regular schedule as before;  
  • September 14 – Project Meetings:  Lee George & staff and Howard College personnel met to discuss project progress, problems and projections;
  • August/September – numerous informal meetings and discussions regarding the Accessibility Improvements project;
  • Sept 22 – Limestone way finding stone from TexaStone Quarries delivered and set in place.

Project Report - Completed projects:

  • Electrical Primary  
  • Phase I -   A&E Wings
  • Science Addition
  • Phase II – SUB
  • Horace Garrett
  • Phase IIB – Administration Building (North)
  • Water/Sewer
  • Phase IIIA – P. W. Malone Building (Science)
  • Campus Drainage
  • Fitness Center
  • Central Chiller/Boiler Plant and HVAC Loop
  • P.W. Malone Parking Lot
  • Phase IIIB – Warren Center (formerly P.A. Building)
  • Seal Coat Project

Projects under way:

The Administration Accessibility Improvements & Front Door project is nearing completion.   The last sections of sidewalk are going in this week.  The limestone face rock is in place and the capstone is being placed on the walls.  Work has progressed more slowly than expected or desired.  We have begun placing landscape plant materials in the beds this week.  We do expect to be complete by the September 30th celebration.

The perimeter fence replacement is progressing nicely.  Repair and re-facing of the brick columns is nearing completion.  New fence panels are being constructed and put into place every day.  We will continue working to complete as much of this fence before the September 30th celebration as is possible.  We do not believe that this project will be complete by that date, although we should have a good portion done by the 30th.

The replacement of the damaged electric junction box project is planned for the 2011 Christmas holidays.  No exact date has been scheduled at this time.

The Wayfinding Sign Project is well under way.  We now have the limestone in place that will be the basis for our wayfinding signs.  This stone was donated to Howard College by TexaStone Quarries.  We have developed a plan and a system to cut stainless steel strips to mount on the stone that will show directions to various campus buildings and campus destinations.  The work on these stainless steel strips is being done in-house.  We will have at least one of these signs completed by the September 30th celebration.  There are twelve signs in all and they should make navigating around campus much easier for new students and visitors.

Other General Comments:  The bond project is all but completed.  Most of our focus now is to prepare for the 65th Anniversary celebration on September 30th.  New lettering (signs) has been placed on the buildings.  The bond project has truly been a transformation on this campus.

Contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.

 

 

Bond Project Update - August 22, 2011

Recent activities and meetings:

  • July/August – Various  meetings with Bond Project Superintendent as needed but not on regular schedule as before; 
  • July 27, August 10 – Project Meetings:  PSC architects/engineers, Lee George & staff, various sub-contractors and Howard College personnel met to discuss project progress, problems and projections;
  • July 27 – Met with construction manager regarding minor issues in the Phase IIIB project;
  • August 9 – Second portion of Seal Coat project completed;
  • August 15 – Phase IIIb project completed.  HC staff begins waxing floors in preparation for Fall 2011 semester;
  • August 17 – Last portion of Seal Coat project completed.

Project Report - Completed projects:

  • Electrical Primary 
  • Phase I -   A&E Wings
  • Science Addition
  • Phase II – SUB
  • Horace Garrett
  • Phase IIB – Administration Building (North)
  • Water/Sewer
  • Phase IIIA – P. W. Malone Building (Science)
  • Campus Drainage
  • Fitness Center
  • Central Chiller/Boiler Plant and HVAC Loop
  • P.W. Malone Parking Lot
  • Phase IIIB – Warren Center (formerly P.A. Building)
  • Seal Coat Project

Projects under way:

The Administration Accessibility Improvements & Front Door project is progressing with the retaining walls now in place and the limestone face is about 50% completed.   We are on schedule to complete the hardscape before the start of the fall semester.  The Construction Manager says that the project will finish a little behind the planned schedule approximately on September 15th.

The Phase IIIB project (renovation of the Practical Arts Building) is complete and we are moving into the facility in preparation for the Fall semester. 

The Seal Coat project for campus streets and parking lots is now complete.

The perimeter fence replacement is now underway.  We have contracted to have the brick columns repaired and re-faced with natural looking stone.  The wood to build new fence panels is now on campus and construction on the first few fence panels is under way.  Most of the repair to the metal fence posts is complete and they are being painted with the paint donated by FreeCom (Dr. John Freeman, HCJCD Board Chairman).  We will be working to complete as much of this fence before the September 30th celebration as is possible.

The replacement of the damaged electric junction box has taken a turn for the better.  We received some very good bids for this project which will be presented at the Board meeting in August.  Savings realized will be almost $45,000, or more than ½ of the original price quoted.  This project must be delayed until we can take this portion of the campus electric service down for several days.  The project is planned for the 2011 Christmas holidays.  I do not have an exact date at this time.

Other General Comments:  The bond project is coming to its end.  All of our buildings have now been completed and we are finishing up the last few peripheral projects including the perimeter fence and the Administration Accessibility Improvements & Front Door.  By Fall 2011 we will have all classroom spaces back online. Delays in the Administration Accessibility Improvements & Front Door project will crowd the preparation for the 65th Anniversary re-opening celebration on September 30th.  The bond project has truly been a transformation on this campus. You will see in the bond expenditure report that virtually all funds have been designated at this time.

Contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.

 

 

Bond Project Update - July 25, 2011

Recent activities and meetings:

  • June/July – Various  meetings with Bond Project Superintendent as needed but not on regular schedule as before;  
  • June 29, July 13 – Project Meetings:  PSC architects/engineers, Lee George & staff, various sub-contractors and Howard College personnel met to discuss project progress, problems and projections;
  • June 29 – Met with Construction Manager and Architect regarding changes required in the Phase IIIB project due to ceiling height issues, condensate lines and other conflicts;
  • July 6 – Met with construction manager regarding minor issues in the Phase IIIB project;
  • July 11 – Signed completion documents to close out Malone building parking lot project;
  • July 14-18 – Met with the paving contractor and PSC engineer numerous times regarding the seal coat project.

Project Report - Completed projects:

  • Electrical Primary  
  • Phase I -   A&E Wings
  • Science Addition
  • Phase II – SUB
  • Horace Garrett
  • Phase IIB – Administration Building (North)
  • Water/Sewer
  • Phase IIIA – P. W. Malone Building (Science)
  • Campus Drainage
  • Fitness Center
  • Central Chiller/Boiler Plant and HVAC Loop
  • P.W. Malone Parking Lot

Projects under way:

The Administration Accessibility Improvements & Front Door project is progressing with the canopy now completed and foundations complete for the new retaining walls.  Finish grading is complete and retaining walls should be poured soon with sidewalks and handicapped ramps to follow.  We are on schedule to complete the hardscape before the start of the fall semester.

The Phase IIIB project (renovation of the Practical Arts Building) is progressing very nicely.  We are painting and completing the final details of the project.  The Graduate Assistance Program (GAP) is scheduled to move back in on August 15th .  The building will be ready for the fall semester.  We have determined that some new furniture will be needed and can be received on campus before the Fall semester.  

The P.W. Malone Building Parking Lot is now complete and has been added to the completed project list.  We are pleased with the outcome of this project.

The Seal Coat project for campus streets and parking lots has begun.  The contractor was here last week to sweep in preparation of the seal coat.  The first part of this project was completed on July 19th which included the east and west football stadium parking lots, most of Adams Street, Grafa Street, and the Men’s dorm east parking lot.  The contractor will be back on campus around August 4th to complete the project.  This project should only take one or two days to complete.  The outcome of this first phase is outstanding.  We will be doing striping in house to save costs.  We must wait a few days for the asphalt to cure, but can begin striping after that.

The perimeter fence replacement has taken a different turn. We have decided to build and install the new fence panels in-house.  The wood has been ordered and will be here in about two or three weeks.  We will be hiring some temporary help to assist with this project.  Once we get started, we feel that we can complete the project in approximately three months or less.  There are 255 fence panels that must be constructed, the old panels removed, painting and repair of the metal posts and angle iron, and then installation of the new panels.  At this time we will have only two people working on the fence panel part of this project.  In addition to the fence panels, the brick columns also need work.  We are considering the cost to repair, replace or “cap” these columns with other material.  This cannot be done by HC staff so we are considering options.

The replacement of the damaged electric junction box has been progressing.  After meeting with the engineers and construction manager, it was decided to draw this up as a project and take bids to install a switch in this location.  This project is out to bid at this time and bids will open on August 5th.  We will bring this to the Trustees for consideration at the August Board Meeting.

Other General Comments:  The bond project is coming to its end.  The last major projects should be complete by mid-August.   By Fall 2011 we should have all new classroom spaces back online, the front of the campus back open and we will be working on the fence in preparation for our 65th Anniversary re-opening celebration on September 30th.  The bond project has truly been a transformation on this campus. We continue to watch our remaining bond funds in light of the imminent completion of this project.

Contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.

 

Bond Project Update - June 27, 2011

Recent activities and meetings:

  • May/June – Various  meetings with Bond Project Superintendent as needed but not on regular schedule as before
  • June 8 – Project Meeting:  PSC architects/engineers, Lee George & staff, various sub-contractors and Howard College personnel met to discuss project progress, problems and projections;
  • June 8 – Met with Construction Manager and Architect regarding changes required in the Phase IIIB project due to ceiling height issues, condensate lines and other conflicts.
  • June 13 – Met with Architect, Construction Manager and HC staff regarding roof drain/downspout issues that connect to underground drainage system in the Administration Front Accessibility project.
  • June 20 – Signed completion documents to close out Central Boiler/Chiller Plant & HVAC Loop project.

Project Report - Completed projects:

  • Electrical Primary  
  • Phase I -   A&E Wings
  • Science Addition
  • Phase II – SUB
  • Horace Garrett
  • Phase IIB – Administration Building (North)
  • Water/Sewer
  • Phase IIIA – P. W. Malone Building (Science)
  • Campus Drainage
  • Fitness Center
  • Central Chiller/Boiler Plant and HVAC Loop

Projects under way:

The Administration Accessibility Improvements & Front Door project is progressing slowly.  The concrete columns that are part of the new front canopy have been poured and are in place.  Workers are now digging footings for the retaining walls that will be constructed later as a part of this project.  Our Construction Manager tells me that this project is still on schedule for a late July early August completion.

The Central Chiller/Boiler Plant and HVAC Loop is now complete and has been added to the list of completed projects.  We were able to resolve all remaining issues in May and early June to our satisfaction.  The plant and loop is functioning perfectly.

The Phase IIIB project (renovation of the Practical Arts Building) is progressing very nicely.  We experienced a brief delay due to some issues with the new windows.  This has been resolved and the windows are in place.  Work on the interior of the building is looking great.  This building will have a very nice outcome, giving us several new classrooms, the upgraded and relocated cosmetology program, the physical plant operation and offices, and the GAP program.  The building is on schedule to be complete in late July to early August.  

The P.W. Malone Building Parking Lot is complete with the exception of a couple of minor aesthetic issues that we have asked the contractor to correct.  The lot has been used every day and is a great addition to this side of campus.  We expect to sign the completion documents in the next few days.

The Seal Coat project for campus streets and parking lot is on the contractor’s schedule although we do not have an exact date at this time.  The project will take less than a week to complete.  We have decided to do the striping in-house to save money and this is something that we can do quite easily.  When completed, it will give the campus a fresh look and it will help to preserve our streets and parking areas for years.

The perimeter fence replacement is progressing.  As stated previously, the wood fence panels will be built by HC students, but we now believe that we can get a crew from the FCI camp to install them.  We will be repairing and painting the metal posts and rails as a part of this process.  The fence along Eleventh Place will be raised to 6 feet to better protect Howard Cottage children and to better screen the Men’s Dorm from public view.  We were able to get good quantity pricing on the redwood lumber that saved almost 1/3 of the cost.  I do not have an exact start date and also do not have an expected date of completion at this time.

The electrical problem that we had during the Christmas break has continued to concern us due to the potential for a campus power outage that this has created.  Dr. Sparks and I have been in discussion with the engineers regarding the possible replacement of this primary electrical junction box with a switch as we did near the Women’s dorm some months ago.  We are hoping to be able to do this project within the remaining bond funds.  We will be bringing more data to you as we have it.

Other General Comments:  The bond project is coming to its end.  The last major projects should be complete by early August.   By Fall 2011 we should have all new classroom spaces back online.  We continue to be pleased with the outcome of this project and continue to watch our remaining bond funds in light of the imminent completion of this project.

Contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.

 

Bond Project Update - May 23, 2011

Recent activities and meetings:

  • April / May – Various  meetings with Bond Project Superintendent as needed but not on regular schedule as before; 
  • May 4, 16 – Project Meeting:  PSC architects/engineers, Lee George & staff, various sub-contractors, and Howard College personnel met to discuss project progress, problems and projections;
  • April 29 – Met with Construction Manager and Architect regarding final plans for Front Accessibility Project;
  • May 2 – Demolition begins in front of Administration Building for Front Accessibility Project;
  • May 11 – Howard College Maintenance Department moved out of the McKinney Center into their new location in the Practical Arts Building; 
  • May 13 – Substantial completion of P.W. Malone Building parking area.

Project Report - Completed Projects:

  • Electrical Primary 
  • Phase I -   A&E Wings
  • Science Addition
  • Phase II – SUB
  • Horace Garrett
  • Phase IIB – Administration Building (North)
  • Water/Sewer
  • Phase IIIA – P. W. Malone Building (Science)
  • Campus Drainage
  • Fitness Center

Projects Under Way:

The Administration Accessibility Improvements & Front Door project is now in full swing.  Demolition of the old sidewalks and retaining walls is now complete and grading of the area for the new configuration is being done now.  I am told that this project will likely finish in July.  We are beginning to be able to get an idea of what the finished project will look like.  I am receiving positive comments about the visibility of the Administration Building. 

The Central Chiller/Boiler Plant and HVAC Loop still needs closure on a few minor items.  We have two companies on campus today working with an issue we are having with the cooling tower.  We hope to have closure soon.  All buildings are cooling very well and are quite comfortable.

The second phase of the Phase IIIb project (renovation of the Practical Arts Building) is progressing well.  Dry wall and electrical work is under way now.  We believe that the building will re-open in time for Fall classes. 

The P.W. Malone Building Parking Lot is complete with the exception of some landscaping and installation of brick pavers in the handicap ramps.  The parking area was paved and striped in time for Howard College graduation.  This lot adds approximately 70 parking spaces to this side of campus, along with some much needed handicap parking and access to the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum and the P.W. Malone Building.  This project should be on the completed projects list by next month.

The Seal Coat project bid for campus streets and parking lots will be presented to you for consideration at this month’s board meeting.  As I mentioned last month, the pricing we received was below estimates and will provide much needed sealing on campus streets and parking areas.  I hope to have an install date very soon.

The perimeter fence replacement will be done with new wood panels.  We are requesting that the new panels be built by Howard College students and installed by Howard College staff.  We will be repairing and painting the metal posts and rails as a part of this process.  The fence along Eleventh Place will be raised to six feet to better protect Howard Cottage children and to better screen the Men’s Dorm from public view.

Other General Comments:  The bond project is coming to a close.  The Practical Arts Building is still expected to be completed in July or August.  Still to do is the seal coat project,  the fence repair and some work on campus irrigation if the budget allows.  This is all outdoor work and will not interrupt classes or offices.  We have had an electrical issue come up that we are working through, but I do not have anything definite on this at this time.  We continue to watch our remaining bond funds in light of the closure of this project.

Contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns. 

 

Bond Project Update - April 25, 2011

Recent activities and meetings:

  • March – Various  meetings with Bond Project Superintendent as needed but not on regular schedule as before;  
  • April 6, 20 – Project Meeting:  PSC architects/engineers, Lee George & staff, various sub-contractors, and Howard College personnel met to discuss project progress, problems and projections;
  • April 5 – Bid opening for Seal Coat project;
  • April 6 – Met with Construction Manager and Architect to discuss saving of trees in front of HC Administration Building;
  • April 14 – Met with Robert Williams to discuss HC perimeter fence options and installed sample section/reviewed with Dr. Sparks;  
  • April 20 – Met with PSC architects to discuss bond project progress and to discuss possible future plans and actions
  • April 20 – Met with GEO faculty to discuss possible fence panel construction by students and discussed installation options with Robert Williams.
  • April 21 – Met with Robert Williams to further develop and plan fence replacement project.

Project Report - Completed projects:

  • Electrical Primary  
  • Phase I -   A&E Wings
  • Science Addition
  • Phase II – SUB
  • Horace Garrett
  • Phase IIB – Administration Building (North)
  • Water/Sewer
  • Phase IIIA – P. W. Malone Building (Science)
  • Campus Drainage
  • Fitness Center

Projects Under Way:

The Administration Accessibility Improvements & Front Door project is progressing.  All of the trees have been moved that we will be saving.  It was decided that we would save and work around one large tree near the circle drive.  Contractors tell us that this will not be a problem.  We are looking at options to protect the cast stone caps on retaining walls from skateboarders.  We will be working on this with the masonry company.  

The Central Chiller/Boiler Plant and HVAC Loop still needs closure on a few minor items.  We hope to report this project as completed by next month.  The cooling systems have been in operation for a year now.  HC’s maintenance staff has helped to perform an annual cleaning and maintenance on these systems.  We have learned much from this process.  All buildings are cooling very well and are quite comfortable.

The Phase IIIb project (renovation of the Practical Arts Building) is in the second phase and is progressing well.  Wall sections and new windows are being installed now.  The building will be open in time for Fall Classes.  The roof sections in the STEPS lab area have been reinforced due to some weakness that was detected during renovation.  

The Fitness Center project is now complete and has been added to the list of completed projects.  Testing and balancing of the new HVAC units was completed last week.  

The P.W. Malone Building Parking Lot is almost finished.  The base material is leveled and compacted.  The sealant should be installed by the end of the week.  Asphalt paving will be installed shortly after that.

The Seal Coat project for campus streets and parking lots will begin in July.  Bids were opened on April 5th and pricing was very good.  We were able to save over 50% of the cost originally budgeted for this project.  All HC streets and parking will be resurfaced and swept in this process.  We will handle striping in house to save costs.

The perimeter fence replacement will be done with new wood panels.  We are requesting that the new panels be built by HC students and installed by HC staff.  We will be repairing and painting the metal posts and rails as a part of this process.  The fence along Eleventh Place will be raised to 6 feet to better protect Howard Cottage children and to better screen the Men’s Dorm from public view.

Other General Comments:  The bond project is coming to a close.  The last major project, the P.A. building, will be completed in July or August.  We also have the Seal Coat project and the fence repair but this is all outdoor work and will not interrupt classes or offices.  At some point, when all projects are complete, we will expend any remaining funds on remaining smaller projects that are determined to be most important to the College.

Contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.

 

Bond Project Update - March 28, 2011

Recent activities and meetings:

  • March – Various  meetings with Bond Project Superintendent as needed but not on regular schedule as before;  
  • March 9, 23 – Project Meeting:  PSC architects/engineers, Lee George & staff, various sub-contractors, and Howard College personnel met to discuss project progress, problems and projections;
  • March 10 – Met with Big Spring Provost in regard to remaining projects to consider for bond funds expenditures;
  • March 16-20 – Cosmetology move-in to new area in the Practical Arts Building;  
  • March 23 – Review of need for possible strengthening of roof joists above old Steps Lab in Phase 3B;
  • March 25 – College staff and HC President met to discuss landscaping on campus.

Project Report - Completed Projects:

  • Electrical Primary  
  • Phase I -   A&E Wings
  • Science Addition
  • Phase II – SUB
  • Horace Garrett
  • Phase IIB – Administration Building (North)
  • Water/Sewer
  • Phase IIIA – P. W. Malone Building (Science)
  • Campus Drainage

Projects Under Way:

The Administration Accessibility Improvements & Front Door project has started.  We have moved landscape rocks and plant material. Some of the large trees have been moved previously to other locations with others moved this past weekend.  We are utilizing this plant material to fill in other areas of campus.  Full scale demolition of sidewalks, two declining trees in the front bed and retaining walls will begin next week.  We are beginning to “warm-up” to the more open appearance of this area.  We have determined that we will be saving one of the older large trees previously scheduled for removal.  This was a good decision and the construction team will find a way to work around it.

The Central Chiller/Boiler Plant and HVAC Loop is operating well at this time. We completed some maintenance in the chiller barrels and found some silt.  It has to come in from the city’s water system and it may indicate that we need another filter to prevent future contamination of the system.  We hope to close out this project in the very near future.

The Phase IIIb project (renovation of the Practical Arts Building) saw the Cosmetology program relocated to their newly renovated area over Spring Break.  We passed the State of Texas licensure review and the cosmetology program opened for business as planned on March 21st.

The second phase of asbestos abatement in this project was also completed this month.  We are essentially an asbestos free campus at this time, with the exception of some caulking of windows in some of our buildings.  The second phase of construction in the Practical Arts building is under way and will be complete by mid to late summer in time for Fall Classes.  The Phase IIIb project is a little over 60% completed at this time.  

The Fitness Center project is complete with the exception of testing and balancing of the new HVAC units.  This will be completed in the next few days and will finish this project.  

The P.W. Malone Building Parking Lot is progressing well.  The concrete work is in place and base material is being installed today in preparation for asphalt paving.  I believe this project will be completed by mid-April in time for use at the HC and public school graduation.   It will be a nice improvement and improve accessibility to the P.W. Malone Building and the Coliseum.

The Campus Drainage remediation project is now determined to be complete.  We had planned to install a little bit of concrete in the water flow area, but have decided with the help of city staff that this may not be necessary.

The perimeter fence is still under consideration for repair and/or replacement.  We have built some new sample wooden panels and have looked at manufactured aluminum picket type panels as well.  Wood appears to be the best option to minimize cost and maximize screening for certain areas such as the Howard Cottage Child Care Center, the Men’s dorm exposure along Eleventh Place and the parking lot in front of the Harold Davis Fitness Center.  In some places, we are considering the removal of fencing to reveal building structures and landscaped areas.

Other General Comments:  The bond project continues to progress.  We are still on time and carefully watching the allocation of remaining funds.  As you will see in the monthly bond financial report, the G. O. Bond funds remaining in the project continues to diminish. The President’s Cabinet carefully considers each and every remaining project as we conclude the G. O. Bond work.  The funds remaining at this time will be held for contingencies that might arise.  At some point, when the major projects are complete, we will expend any remaining funds on some of the many smaller projects that are determined to be most important to the College.

Contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.

 

Bond Project Update - February 28, 2011

Recent activities and meetings:

  • January - February– Various  meetings with Bond Project Superintendent as needed but not on regular schedule as before;  
  • February 2, 23 – Project Meeting:  PSC architects/engineers, Lee George & staff, various sub-contractors, and Howard College personnel met to discuss project progress, problems and projections;
  • February 10 – Met with LGC project superintendent to discuss issues in Phase 3B remodel;
  • February 13 – Dr Sparks and I met with Architect, Phil Furqueron to finalize plans for Administration Accessibility Improvements & Front Door;
  • February 14 – Plans for Administration Accessibility Improvements & Front Door released;
  • February 15-18 – Adult Basic Education department was relocated from the PA Building to the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum East room to vacate that space for the Phase IIIB remodel;
  • February 16 – P. W. Malone Building second floor completed;
  • February 24 – Bid opening for Administration Accessibility Improvements & Front Door.

Project Report - Completed Projects:

  • Electrical Primary  
  • Phase I -   A&E Wings
  • Science Addition
  • Phase II – SUB
  • Horace Garrett
  • Phase IIB – Administration Building (North)
  • Water Sewer
  • Phase IIIA – P. W. Malone Building (Science)

Projects Under Way:

The Phase IIIa project (renovation of the existing P.W. Malone Building) is now complete.  We reopened the second floor on February 16, one day later than we had planned.  The building is ready for occupancy and we are moving in this week.  We are very pleased with the outcome of this building.  

The Administration Accessibility Improvements & Front Door bids were opened yesterday.  The cost was more than anticipated, however after Dr. Sparks and I discussed value engineering, possible savings and/or changes in the project, we felt that the project was basic and that any changes that could bring about savings would materially diminish the project, leaving a less than desirable outcome.  It was decided to leave the project as drawn, with the exception of changing the retaining wall cap-stone from limestone to pre-cast stone (concrete).  It was felt that this change would make the cap-stone more durable and that it would not detract from the look of the finished product.  Savings for this change was in excess of $28,000.

The Central Chiller/Boiler Plant and HVAC Loop project continues to deal with a few remaining issues.  The plant is operational but we want an appropriate level of “perfection” before accepting the project and putting it on our completed list.

The Phase IIIb project (renovation of the Practical Arts Building) is moving along well.  We are still on track to relocate the Cosmetology program to their newly renovated area over Spring Break.

We still have the second phase of asbestos abatement and then the second phase of construction in the spring.  The Adult Basic Education program relocated to the Coliseum East room last week so that this area of the building could be remodeled.  We are still looking at a completion date sometime in the summer of 2011 for this building.

The Fitness Center’s new cardio equipment was received since the last report.  This included three new treadmills and two elliptical machines.  We continue to receive many compliments on the renovations in this building.  

The P.W. Malone Building Parking Lot work is progressing well.  The new curbs and sidewalks are almost complete.  We still expect work to be completed in the mid to late spring.  We are excited to have this new parking area and believe it will be an improvement for the Coliseum as well as the P.W. Malone Building.  The new sidewalk to the Coliseum will be a great improvement for persons with disabilities.

The Campus Drainage remediation project is complete with the exception of a little concrete work in the drainage ditch.  The City is helping us with this and the crews are busy with other projects right now.  When they get caught up we will finish this project.

The perimeter fence is still under consideration for repair and/or replacement.  We have built some new sample wooden panels and are looking at manufactured aluminum panels as well.  No final decision has been made at this time.  We are considering every option to minimize cost and maximize results on this project as we have done on every project so far.

Other General Comments:  The bond project continues to progress well.  We are still on time and watching the allocation of remaining funds very carefully.  As you will see in the monthly bond financial report, the G.O. Bond funds remaining in the project are diminishing. The President’s Cabinet carefully considers each and every remaining project as we conclude the G.O. Bond work.

Contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.

 

Bond Project Update - January 24, 2011

Recent activities and meetings:

  • December - January – Various  meetings with Bond Project Superintendent as needed but not on regular schedule as before;  
  • December 15, January 5, 19 – Project Meeting:  PSC architects/engineers, Lee George & staff, various sub-contractors, and Howard College personnel met to discuss project progress, problems and projections;
  • December 15 – Meeting with Midwest Glass, PSC architect and Lee George to discuss fix for glass problems in Phase I;
  • December 15 – Pre-construction meeting with P.W. Malone Parking Lot contractor, Williams Construction;
  • December 18 – Campus wide power outage to install new transformer to P.A. Building area;
  • December 28 – Campus wide power outage to re-connect new transformer to P.A. Building area;
  • December 31 – Campus wide power outage to resolve primary electric problem found during previous power outages;
  • January 12, 15, 17 – Meetings with Construction Manager and HC staff regarding semester start-up issues;
  • January 18 – Meeting with Oncor representative regarding street light poles on campus.

Bond Update Presentation

Project Report - Completed Projects:

  • Electrical Primary  
  • Phase I -   A&E Wings
  • Science Addition
  • Phase II – SUB
  • Horace Garrett
  • Phase IIB – Administration Building (North)
  • Water Sewer

Projects Under Way:

The Administration Building front area is in final design stages with our architects and engineers.  We hope to have pricing in February for Board consideration.  The new tower clock is on campus and a representative will be on campus February 1st to install it.  The Howard College building lettering for the front Administration Building tower is on site and should be installed soon.

The Central Chiller/Boiler Plant and HVAC Loop projects still lack a few punch-list items.  We are looking forward to having this project on our completed list very soon.   All HVAC systems are working well.

The Phase IIIa project (renovation of the existing P.W. Malone Building) continues to progress well.  The first floor opened ahead of schedule and was ready for Spring semester’s classes.  Everyone is very pleased with the new look and configuration.  The second floor is still on track to re-open on February 15th.  

The Phase IIIb project (renovation of the Practical Arts Building) is moving along well.  We are something over 40% complete at this time.  We are on track to relocate the Cosmetology program to their newly renovated area over Spring Break.

We have the second phase of asbestos abatement and then we will begin the second phase of construction in the spring.  The GAP program relocated to the Coliseum East Room over the Christmas break as planned.  We are still looking at a completion date sometime in the summer of 2011 for this building.

The Fitness Center reopened on time on January 10th.  The building looks beautiful and we have had many positive comments regarding it.  We are continuing to address equipment issues and have ordered some new cardio equipment to meet the growing demands and needs of our clientele.

The P.W. Malone Building Parking Lot work began in early January.  We are expecting work to be completed in the mid to late spring.  We are excited to have this new parking area and believe it will be an improvement for the Coliseum as well as the P.W. Malone Building.

The Campus Drainage remediation project is complete with the exception of a little concrete work in the drainage ditch.  The City is helping us with this and the crews are busy patching streets right now.  When they get caught up we will finish this project.

Other General Comments:  The bond project continues to progress well.  We are still on time and watching the remaining funds very carefully.  We have purchased some items that support educational activities with a portion of the remaining bond funds.  We definitely feel the end of the G.O. Bond Project nearing.

On a general note, we still need to determine exactly what will be done to address the aging fence around the perimeter of our campus.  Thoughts are that some of the fence could go away while other parts will remain.  We are looking at options for the fence at this time.  A few days ago an unidentified vehicle ran through a portion of this fence in front of the Hall Center.  We did not appreciate this kind of help taking this portion of the fence down.  The culprit vehicle fled the scene and could not be found.

Contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.

 

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