The general contractor for the over $29 million in bond improvements in the Brownwood Independent School District outlined for board members what he described as “a very aggressive schedule” for summer construction Monday night.
Much of the heavy, noisy work needed to complete major renovations under way at district campuses is scheduled when students are not in classes to avoid as much disruption as possible. Construction has been under way in varying phases throughout the school system since the summer of 2005.
“We plan to complete construction of the high school auditorium so it will be usable at the beginning of school (in August),” Paul Waldrop Jr. said, “but we will probably need to do curtains, lighting and sound a bit later. The fine arts center will be dried in — the interior will be complete — by the end of fall.”
He said the high school administrative area should have the majority of its interior space completed by the end of summer, but the front entry will not be ready until the end of 2007.
“The first phase of the science wing will be finished this summer, but the other half will be done in the fall,” Waldrop said. The southwest wing where social studies and foreign languages are taught will be a spring 2008 project.
At Brownwood Middle School, all additions with the exception of the gymnasium are expected to be completed by the end of summer, but some detail work will be done in the fall. Buildings on the east side of the campus where the band hall and life skills have stood will be demolished, and the parking lot completed.
A classroom addition and other renovations at East Elementary School will be completed this summer, as will be second floor work at Coggin Elementary. Work on the Coggin first floor will continue in the fall. Summer work is also moving forward at the library there and Old Lions Gym.
Vic Singleton of Waldrop Construction told the board about the complexity of the roofing situation, which has been complicated by extensive hail damage from storms over the past year as construction was under way.
“Roofs and roof leaks have been a major issue,” Singleton said. “We’ve had 10 to 12 inches of rainfall in a short period of time with winds in the 60 to 70 mph that came with it.”
He said temporary patches to damaged roofs have been made while settlement negotiations have continued with the district’s insurer.
“But there’s a reason it’s called temporary,” Singleton said. “It could last until the next rain, or it could last two years. Our problem is we have a lot of roofs to work on. There’s 100,000 square feet of roofs to be done, by one company, and we have 55 working days this summer. That’s flying for a roofing company.”
A change order is being developed that will incorporate insurance repair work with the bond construction, officials said.
“We’re literally talking about every campus in the district,” Dr. Sue Jones, superintendent, said. “It may be two years being completed.”
Singleton praised the cooperation of school district staff as the roof situation has been addressed.
“The teachers have been assisting, forgiving and helping to keep us going,” Singleton said. “We appreciate that.”
In other business Monday night, trustees:
Approved a $176,758 proposal for reconstruction and resurfacing of the middle school tennis courts. The work was removed from the bond package when the middle school project was bid because of cost overruns, and board members agreed it would complete the project later using available district funds. Jones described the courts as the “last big project” that had been removed from the bond construction because of costs. Approved two bids totalling $106,952 for asbestos abatement at Brownwood High, Brownwood Middle and Coggin Elementary schools and Old Lions Gym.