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Program Executive Summary • October 2015

Executive summary

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

October was a busy month with the startup and site mobilization of Acres Homes, Central South, Eastside and West Houston Institute.  Two campuses (Central South and West Houston Institute) received permits this period, while additional permits are in the works for various aspects of the Coleman, West Houston Institute (Phase 2), Missouri City and Northline Academic building are currently in the permitting process. 

The Alief Hayes Road Renovation continues with punch list, security system and signage, while the West Loop Garage started the installation of metal panels, CMU block and MEP installations.   The Stafford Campus continues construction with commencement of roofing operations, interior framing, mechanical/electrical/plumbing rough in and waterproofing.  Brays Oaks made progress with the establishment of dirt work at the pad and parking area sites, excavation of the detention pond and concrete placement of the elevator shaft and all drilled piers.  Felix Fraga continues with the installation of the underground utilities, and the Northline Garage continues with the Central Utility Plant installation as well as the electrical, cabling and signage for the garage.

With the advent of the rainy season, all contractors have been diligently working around the weather to maximize production in spite of flood events this month.  It is anticipated that this will be a wet year, and HCC is working with the contractors to keep construction going. 

Throughout this program, the Bond Team (Jacobs/IDC, Langrand Company and HCC Administration, Communication and Purchasing) have actively pursued allowing opportunities for Small Businesses to participate in this historic bond program and have provided the following link for interested SBE subcontractors: 


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 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