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Program Executive Summary • July 2015

Executive summary

The 2013 Capital Improvements Program (CIP) continues with full operations on active sites.  Contractors are working diligently to make up for rain delays by efficiently adjusting construction schedules and manpower. 

Mobilization and coordination of construction start-up continues with the following projects awaiting permit approval from the City of Houston: Acres Homes, Brays Oaks, Eastside, Felix Fraga and the West Houston Institute. 

The Alief-Hayes Road Campus continues to progress with finish work on floors 1 and 4, and the 3rd floor close behind with door frames, drywall and ceiling installations.  The Northline Garage completed foundations and erection of precast components this period and commenced with topping slabs.  The Northline Central Plant received a permit and commenced earthwork.  The foundations completed at Stafford, while structural steel commenced and site work, utilities and paving continue.  The West Loop parking garage completed its building pad and foundations, site utilities and paving continued, and precast concrete erection commenced.

The Groundbreaking ceremony for the Central South Workforce program took place on July 21st, and the Coleman Campus hosted a town hall meeting, while behind the scenes worked on further coordination with the site layout, bridge pier design and chilled water/utility connections between the design team and the Texas Medical Center and TECO utility organization.

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, in an effort to provide the greatest opportunities for Small Businesses to participate in this historic bond program. 

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