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Tomball ISD moves ahead with new construction company and maintenance projects

September 13, 2018

The Tomball ISD board of trustees voted to move forward with the construction of two schools as part of the $275 million bond and a new stadium approved by voters last November.

On Tuesday, the unanimously board approved Superintendent Martha Salazar-Zamora to negotiate with Gilbane Building Co. as the new construction manager at-risk after an agreement failed to materialize with Drymalla Construction Co..

“Unfortunately, we were not able to come to a contractual agreement with Drymalla. They were not willing to take the necessary risks that we would expect a CMAR by title and by nature of the work to be done. The district was not willing to enter into something that we were concerned about the risk that the other party was willing to take,” she told the board on Monday during workshop meeting.

Once a contract is finalized, Gilbane will be responsible for managing the construction of a $51.2 million stadium, $68.3 million junior high school and $31 million elementary school as well as a wastewater treatment plant and related site improvements.

The new stadium, junior high and middle school will be built on a 180-acre property located along the Grand Parkway and Cypress Rosehill Road.

The board also approved $150,000 in pre-construction costs with Gilbane.

Other maintenance and projects

Decker Prairie Elementary School will have an additional sidewalk and canopy added after the board approved $59,586 for its installation by Corestone Paving & Construction.

The additional sidewalk segment and canopy are part of the 2017 bond.

Salazar-Zamora told the board that the new installments would be added during one of the extended holiday breaks.

“We’re going to get it done safely when we don’t have the traffic continuously,” she said.

The board also authorized maintenance projects from the 2013 bond, including the renovation of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the Tomball ISD Aquatic Center.

The HVAC renovation increased by $14,519, bringing the total contract amount to $1.3 million with Kim Neal & Associates.

“We had some additional cost we had to bring it back to the board before we could actually do that,” said chief financial officer Jim Ross.

The district will also replace the chillers on three campuses that will be funded by the 2013 bond.

Tomball Intermediate School, Northpointe Intermediate School and Rosehill Elementary School will have the chillers that are part of the air conditioning systems.

The cost of the chillers will be $375,000 at Tomball Intermediate, $435,000 at Northpointe Intermediate and $384,000 at Rosehill Elementary.

Ross said the chillers were approximately 15 years old and had excessive service calls, loss of the cooling agent Freon and used of the outdated Freon 22.

“It’s just updating the equipment and replacing troublesome equipment. We have some others that are older, but these are some of our worst-case situations,” he said.

mayra.cruz@chron.com

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