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Program Executive Summary • June 2015

Executive summary

The 2013 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) is recovering from historical wet weather and has resumed full operations on active sites. Contractors are working hard to make up for rain delays by adjusting construction schedules and manpower to the best of their abilities.

Mobilization and coordination of construction start-up continues with the following projects on the Bond Program critical path schedule. Acres Homes, Eastside Campus, Felix Fraga and the North Forest Central Plant construction teams submitted for construction permits this period, the Central South Town Hall meeting, a North Forest Community Meeting and two successful groundbreaking events occurred for both West Houston Institute and the Bray’s Oaks campus.

In the Alief-Hayes Renovation project, construction continues on levels 1, 3 and 4, with a goal for levels 1 and 4 to be open for the Fall Semester. The foundation, utility work, pads and site paving continues for the West Loop Campus, while foundations and pre-cast elements near completion and topping slabs go in at the Northline Campus garage. More Coordination with the site layout and bridge took place this period at the Coleman Campus, while site utilities, foundations and paving were well underway at the Stafford Campus. The Acres Homes team is preparing for demolition and mobilization on site. The remaining designs continue to move forward on all projects and teams are coordinating well with our Architects, CMAR contractors and permitting authorities.

The Bond Team (Jacobs/IDC, Langrand Company and HCC Administration, Communication and Purchasing) have actively pursued feedback from the community from the outreach event on May 29th at the Eastside Campus, and began preparations for the next event to be held at the end of summer. The internship program is working well, with over 40+ interns applying for positions with contractors supporting the CIP effort.

Interested SBE subcontractors link: http://www.hccs.edu/district/departments/procurement/bond2013/sbs/

The Bond team will continue to finalize all of the major logistics and mobilization requirements to achieve successful start-up on the remaining projects as well during this critical 2015 period. Our core strategy includes performing best value analysis, “real time” budget verification, constructability reviews and careful review of competitive bids on all projects. We also remain focused on ensuring project delivery in a timely manner, within budget and constructed for LEED Silver Certification across all 14 projects.

The CIP Bond team continues with reporting coordination efforts with designated members of the HCC Bond Oversight Committee (BOC). This reporting document will be used to provide quarterly updates and event sharing information with and by the HCC BOC. At the discretion of the HCC Board of Trustees (BOT), the committee members will support the Bond team in all forthcoming Community engagements. The Bond team remains engaged to keep the Chancellor, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Facilities officer current on all critical matters related to the CIP Bond Program.

What's Next

A/E teams continue to work through the construction document phase, and coordinate with construction counterparts to ensure the most efficient construction methods are used in the construction phase.

Maintain active communication between the contractors, A/E firms and Project Management firms in order to facilitate coordination of design requirements, site constraints, HCC-procured items (such as furniture and equipment), and lessons learned to share amongst the larger group.

Focus on safety and quality as we transition from the design to construction phases on our projects, with an understanding that our students, staff, construction workers and visitors are to be protected at all times.

Continue to develop ways to provide cost savings to the program without sacrificing quality or safety, while constructing elegant facilities that will enable active and effective learning for many decades to come.

Program Details

A/E Firms

HDR, Kirksey, PBK, PDG, PGAL, and SHW Group

Services provided:

Designs for new and renovated facilities and technology in academic areas associated with medical/healthcare, health sciences, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and Workforce Centers. All programs in CIP total approximately 1Million square feet of academic space

Program manager

Jacobs Program Management Co.

Services provided: 

  • Overall Program Management
  • Master Scheduling
  • Master Planning Management
  • Overall Design Management
  • Construction Process Management
  • Overall Master Budget
  • Overall Cost Estimating
  • Overall Budget Controls
  • Overall Procurement Support
  • Real-time Web Reporting Support

Project management firms

Freese & Nichols, Heery, and Jones, Lang & Lasalle

Services provided:

  • Project Scheduling
  • Project Level Design Management
  • Construction Process Management
  • Project Level Budgeting
  • Project Level Cost Estimating
  • Project Level Procurement