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Big Spring Bond Updates (2008)

December 15, 2008 Bond project update for Board of Trustees

Recent activities and meetings:


Project Report:

The past three weeks have been spent analyzing the bids and looking for savings opportunities in the Phase I bid.  We have realized some savings, so I feel that this work has been productive and successful.  We have not changed any of the programming for the science labs or degraded the project in any way.  Most of the savings have been achieved by working with bidders utilizing alternate products or utilizing methods that achieve the same end result without compromising the quality of the design or the functionality of the end product.   

 The planned relocation of A and E Wing activities and offices is underway.  The ribbon cutting for “College at the Mall” was held this past Wednesday.  Community Education classes will be held there. 

These include: 

Seasonal Scrapbooking
Christmas Ornaments
Christmas Stockings
Christmas Recipes
Valentine's Day Scrap Booking
Trash to Treasure Class
Album Workshop
Children's Game Workshop
Easter Scrap Booking
Creative Easter Eggs
Scrap booking Techniques Class
CPR Forsan ISD
VA New Supervisors Training
VA Dealing with Difficult People
VA New Supervisors Training
VA HPDM Training
VA Mentoring Training
VA Best Practices for Interviewing Skills
CPR for Healthcare Providers
Heartsaver First Aid

The relocation of the Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) program to the Lamun-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Nursing Home is complete leaving A-4 vacant.  There are increased numbers and interest in the program as a result. 

The Medical Assisting class will relocate to SWCID on Monday, December 15th.  In addition annual refresher training for 240 Federal Correctional Institute employees has been relocated to SWCID. 

The Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid, Business Office, Controller, and Executive Vice President offices will relocate to the East Room of the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum on Thursday, December 18th.  Phone numbers will be transferred to the Coliseum on that day.

The estimated construction period will be approximately 4 ½ months, at which time we will move back into the A and E Wings.

 

November 24, 2008 – Bond project update for Board of Trustees

Recent activities and meetings:

Project Report:

We have received word that the transfer switch for the Electrical Modification project has been shipped and received.  We have requested that this project be started immediately so that some work can be done over the holiday breaks. 

Much work has been done to refine the Phase I bid.  The bids received indicated that the Science Addition was over budget.  The architect and construction manager are working diligently to bring this project cost down.  We hope to be near estimated costs when this is complete.  Delaying the award of contract until the December Board Meeting will assist in this process.  Potential savings have been identified in numerous areas at this time.

Phase I construction on the Science building will not be a major impact on the operation and classes located in the existing Science building.  The Administration E-Wing will be vacated on December 17 and all functions, including business office, registrar/admissions, and financial aid will be relocated to the East Room of the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.  All telephone numbers, fax numbers and email addresses will be relocated to this area in order to minimize impact to students, staff, and faculty.  The Administration A-Wing classes will be relocated during the remodel.  Med-Assisting classes will be relocated to SWCID.  Certified Nurse Aide classes will be relocated to the Layman-Lusk veteran’s retirement center.  Classes previously held in A-8, including government will be relocated to the Hall Center Auditorium.  Projected construction estimates remain at 132 days for the A and E Wings and an estimated 12 months to complete the Science Building addition. 

The Water/Sewer project is nearing completion of drawings.  This project should be released to bid on 12-1-2008, with a pre-construction walk through on 1-7-2009 and bid opening on 1-15-2009.

The Gas project has been tabled in favor of doing smaller spot replacement of underground gas piping because upon close inspection, most of the old gas mains have already been replaced with newer plastic pipe.  The small amount of old pipe can be easily replaced on an informal as-needed basis which will be a cost saving to the college.

The Central Heating and Cooling Plant and Loop system project has been delayed due to the unexpected resignation of the engineer in charge of this project.  A new engineer has been assigned and will be restarting the design of the project.  Current plans are to have this project out to bid by February and presentation to the Board in March of 2009.

Phase II design will begin this month so that the late spring 2009 release to bid schedule can be maintained.  Phil Furqueron will take the lead on the Administration remodel project.  Phase II will also include work on the Horace Garrett building and the Student Union Building.

At the meeting held on November 17th, the project phases were officially revised, swapping the Administration Main and the Science building.  This will allow the Science Addition construction to be completed before the remodel of the Science building is undertaken.  

 Revised
Phase
Start/End
Date
Projects
17/08 to 3/09Science-Addition; E-Wing; A-Wing
24/09 to 3/10Horace Garrett; Administration-Main; Student Union
34/10 to 3/11Science; Practical Arts

  

October 27, 2008 – Bond project update for Board of Trustees


Recent activities and meetings:

Project Report:

We are still awaiting word on the delayed transfer switch for the Electrical Modification project.  I have asked the contractor to be ready to begin the project when notice of shipment is received on the transfer switch.

Lee George has reviewed the Utility Infrastructure Rehabilitation project plans and submitted questions to PSC.

Relocation plans for the A and E Wings are almost complete.  The entire E Wing will relocate to the East Room of the Coliseum for the duration of the project.  Plans to relocate instructional programs located in the A Wing are still under consideration. Time to complete the A and E Wing project is 132 days.  Science addition will take an estimated 12 months to complete. 

Phase I pre-construction walk through will be held on October 29th.  The bid opening will be at Lee George Construction offices on November 12th.  Presentation to the H.C. Board of Trustees will be at the November 24th board meeting.  I do not believe that any work will begin prior to January 2009 due to the impact of the Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year holidays.

The Utility Infrastructure Rehabilitation project will be ready for the engineers to complete the final drawings in the next few days.  I hope that this project can be bid in time to be taken to the December 15th board meeting, however the window of opportunity is closing.  It appears to me at this time that this project may be destined for the January board meeting.

 

September  22, 2008 - Bond Project Update for Board of Trustees

Recent activities and meetings:

Project Report:

We are still awaiting word on the delayed transfer switch for the Electrical Modification project.  Work on this project will begin when delivery is certain and the project can progress without delay.  Project work should begin around December 1.  Project completion will take approximately three months.

Lee George has completed his cost projections for the Science addition.  Lee’s projected costs were close to PSC”s however they were several percent higher than PSC had projected.  We are hopeful that costs will be as projected by PSC.

There may possibly be a need to revise the Phase II and Phase III schedule of work if the Phase I Science Addition construction phase extends into time frame allocated for Phase II. 

We have discussed timing of the Phase I bid in consideration of the fall HC Board meetings plus considering the impact of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  It is planned to bid the Phase I project including the Science Addition and the A & E Wing renovations in mid October in order to bring the bids to the regular November HC Board meeting for consideration by the Board of Trustees.  Contract work can be completed in late November and early December for an early January project start.

There are no major concerns at this time.  I feel that the project is generally on schedule.  We have met all of our deadlines to-date and PSC has done the same.  I continue to try to expedite the project as much as possible but not at the expense of caution or quality.  An end product as perfect as we can make it continues to be our main goal. 

 

August 25, 2008 – Bond project update for Board of Trustees

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Project Report:

Unfortunately we received word that there will be a delay in receiving the transfer switch for the Electrical Modification project.  Work on this project will be delayed approximately eight weeks while waiting for the switch.  Project work will begin around December 1.  Project completion will take three months.

Lee George is working on cost projections for the Science addition and the A and E Wing projects.  Lee expects to have this completed by September 2.

Phil and Lee George are working on Phasing concerns to ensure that the Phasing schedule is compatible with the college’s schedule and needs.  If necessary Phases I and II will be revised.

We expect to receive the final drawings for the Science Building Addition and the A & E Wing in approximately six weeks.  The project will be ready to bid at that time after final review of the plans is complete.

There are no major concerns at this time.  I feel that the project is generally on schedule.  The delay in the Electrical Modification project should not delay any of the other projects.  

 

July 28, 2008 – Bond project update for Board of Trustees

Recent activities and meetings:

Project Report:

We were pleased with the bids on the Electrical Modification project.  Bids received were almost exactly what had been predicted by job costing prior to bidding. 

Lee George continues to be involved in the early phases of the project.  PSC is progressing nicely on Phase 1 of the construction and renovation projects.

We will continue to refine the 75% design development drawings and the HR/Purchasing layout with staff.   We are continuing to study the three phases of the project for proper overlap and timing.  Some revision of the phasing may be necessary due to a longer than expected construction phase of the Science Building addition.

The Board will consider the bids for the Electrical Modification project on Monday, July 28.

 

June 23, 2008 - Bond project update for Board of Trustees

Recent activities and meetings: 

Project Report:

The Bond Project is moving along well.  We are in the process of advertising for the first project which is the Primary Electrical Modification project.  The project bids will open on July 15 and will be presented to the Board of Trustees for consideration and action. 

The phases of the project continue to be refined with the assistance of the Construction Manager, Lee George.  PSC is completing the design phase of the Science Building addition and will begin drawing project plans and specifications in the near future. 

At the Workshop on Monday, June 23, the Board was given the opportunity to review and consider the direction of the project at this time.
 

Science Building North
Howard College Science Building Expansion - North Evaluation
Science Building Expansion Option II
Howard College Science Building Expansion - Option 2 _REV 3-7, 630 GSF

 

May 19, 2008 - Bond project update for Board of Trustees

Recent activities and meetings: 

Project Report:

The meeting of May 2nd marked a significant milestone for the Howard College 2007 Bond Project.  As of this date the project moved from the project planning phase to the project development phase.  Prior to May 2nd, PSC has been working on an hourly basis to assist the college administration in planning the bond project.  As of May 2nd all projects are sufficiently defined so that the architects and engineers can begin drawing plans and writing specifications.  A&E fees from this date will be based on the contract percentage of project cost.  All projects will be competitively bid as required by Texas State law.

Howard College has requested that a critical path timeline be developed by PSC architects and engineers to guide project development and to aid in timing and managing the three construction phases currently planned for the project.   These projects must be fully integrated with all college operations and functions.  Many adjustments will have to be made in classroom reassignments and the physical relocation of offices and services so that buildings can be taken offline for renovations.

A June 23rd workshop is being planned for the College Board to present the bond project as it is currently defined.  Trustees will have the opportunity to consider, give input, modify, and approve future actions relative to the Bond Project and the planned construction phases.

 

April 28, 2008 - Bond project update for Board of Trustees

Recent activities and meetings:

Campus Restructure Plan:

Note: all projects will interface into the ONCOR/SCORE program to generate rebates as available and to achieve energy efficiencies as appropriate for each project.

Project Phasing Plan:

PhaseStart/End Date Projects *
17/08 to 3/09Science-Addition; E-Wing; A-Wing
24/09 to 3/10Horace Garrett; Science; Student Union
34/10 to 3/11Administration-Main; Practical Arts

Note: All infrastructure work and HVAC work will begin 7/08 and continue until completed.

March 31, 2008 Update

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February 25, 2008 Update

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We anticipate bringing recommendations to you hopefully by March.  A&E work will continue in hopes of beginning some work in mid summer 2008.

January 28, 2008 Update

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