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Program Executive Summary • January 2016

Executive summary

The 2013 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) continues with full operations on multiple active sites. 

January was a busy month with eleven out of fourteen projects in the construction phase.  Four campuses remain either fully or partially in the permit process (Northline, North Forest, Coleman and Missouri City) while several projects have been permitted for several interim packages to get construction started at an earlier date (demolition packages, sitework packages, structural and building packages, etc.).  Depending on the project, we have variations of these packages that have already been approved, thus helping our mission.

The Alief Hayes Road Renovation is wrapping up with final punch list items, but is open for students in the new spaces, with an official ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for February 3rd.  The West Loop Garage is completing metal exterior panels, courtyard slab and outdoor furniture installations.   The Acres Homes Campus is making rapid progress with a heavy focus on concrete slabs and the steel structure.  With a break in the weather, Brays Oaks began structural steel erection and is working toward storm line installation and parking lot concrete placement.  Central South Campus continues with the construction of a 1.5 mile storm drain to Simms Bayou and is focused on building and parking lot slabs.  Coleman Campus received its permit and began foundation piles immediately.  The Eastside Campus is now moving into concrete pad preparation and is working with the City of Houston to get permission to build vertical steel.  The Felix Fraga site is also preparing for concrete slabs and vertical installation of steel.  The Northline Campus is progressing nicely on the Central Utility Plant, and is finalizing details before completing the parking garage.  The Stafford Campus is rapidly installing interior systems including electrical, security, mechanical and finish work.  Finally, the West Houston Institute is progressing rapidly with concrete slabs and tie-ins to the central utility plant.

Despite an unusually wet year (2015 saw 75% higher rainfall compared to the average of the last 6 years), all contractors have been making progress on their construction sites, working  as quickly as possible to get projects out of the mud and plan for maximum construction speed. 

Throughout this program, the Bond Team has actively pursued opportunities for Small Businesses to participate and have provided the following link for interested SBE subcontractors: 

http://www.hccs.edu/district/departments/procurement/bond2013/sbs/

HCC continues quarterly information briefs to local neighborhood groups affected by the bond program.  This active information campaign was implemented in August 2015 in an effort to inform the public about progress (successes and challenges) of campus construction projects in local neighborhoods.  An informed public is vitally important to Houston Community College, and community updates from this campaign will continue until each project is completed. 

The Bond team will continue to finalize all of the major logistics and mobilization requirements to achieve successful start-up of the remaining projects as well as begin an efficient closeout of completed projects as they conclude.  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.

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 and permitting phase, and coordinate with construction counterparts to ensure the most efficient construction methods are used in construction.

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