Bond Project Timeline

  • Posted on December 21, 2016

    Bond 2015: Did You Know? December 19 Board Meeting

    Bond Project Updates:

    • Linda Lyon Elementary is on schedule, on budget, and the percentage breakdown of project completion is slab, 100%; utilities, 95%; site paving, 90%; CMU block, 70%; structural steel, 60%; MEP rough in, 30% and studs, 10%.

    • The district expects bid documents for the new Dobbs Elementary and a recommendation to the board in January 2017.

    • RHS, RHHS, Cain and Williams MS tracks are almost complete, only requiring some surface paint and line painting.

    • Cain and Pullen MS roofing projects are expected to be complete in mid-January.

    The board approved the Guaranteed Maximum Price for the College and Career Academy ($42,888,302) and Rockwall High School bathroom renovation ($2,884,696).

    McKinney Security was awarded the contract for Phase I safety and security projects at Rockwall HS, Rockwall-Heath HS, Cain MS, Williams MS and Utley MS.

     

    Posted on December 2, 2016

    Board Approves Construction Method and Upgrades to Schools through 2015 Bond Program

    The Board of Trustees approved the construction methods and consultants for three projects across multiple campuses at the Board Meeting on November 14, 2016. A competitive sealed proposal method will be used for all three projects. The projects and approved consultants include:

    • RLK Engineering was approved to build the parking lot between Cain Middle School and Pullen Elementary per the bond program.
    • Estes, McClure & Associates was approved for the upgrading to LED light fixtures in the gym at Jones and Hartman Elementary Schools, Williams and Cain Middle Schools and Rockwall-Heath High School.
    • Huckabee Architects was approved to perform systems upgrades at Rochell, Nebbie Williams and Cullins-Lake Pointe Elementary Schools.

    These projects are expected to be completed by August 2017.


    Posted on August 25, 2016


    Bathroom Renovation

    At the August meeting, the Board of Trustees approved Huckabee Architects as the Construction Manager at Risk for the Rockwall High School restroom renovation bond project. Huckabee Architects will now begin an evaluation of the restroom areas to maximize space. Once the evaluation is completed, the architect draw plans for approval.

     

    The restroom project is funded through the 2015 bond program and is expected to be completed by summer of 2017.

     

    At their June 20 meeting, the Rockwall ISD Board of Trustees received an update on the timelines of several projects approved by voters in the 2015 Bond Election.

     

    Elementary School 14

    Elementary School 14 is currently in the design phase with Stantec architects. Construction is anticipated to begin in August with completion targeted for August of 2017.

     

    Dobbs Elementary Replacement

    Abatement of the Dobbs annex building is complete. Demolition began the week of June 13th and is anticipated to be complete by start of 2016-2017 school year.

     

    The architects, VLK, presented a Schematic Design presentation to the Board of Trustees during the June 20 meeting. The decision was made to save some of the old gym floor and exterior brick to re-purpose in the new building.

     

    Construction is set to begin in February 2017 and be completed by June of 2018.

     

    College and Career Academy

    Huckabee Architects presented a Schematic Design presentation to the Board of Trustees during the June 20 meeting. Anticipation for construction is to begin in January 2017. Construction is set to finish in June of 2018 with the campus opening for students in August 2018.

     

    Turf and Track Installations

    Cain Middle School and Williams Middle School will have turf installed at their football fields and their tracks replaced by the end of August or September.
    Rockwall High School and Rockwall-Heath High School will have their on-campus track replacement completed in August or September.

     

    Turf and track construction is underway at all sites.

     

    Rockwall High School and Rockwall-Heath High School will also have their on-campus baseball/softball fields turf replaced. Construction documents are completed and the District is currently soliciting bids. The architects are scheduled to present bid recommendations to the Board of Trustees in July.

     

    Architects anticipate the start of construction to begin in August/September of 2016 and the completion by the end of January 2017.

     

    Marching Band Surface and Parking Lot

    Construction on the Rockwall High School marching band hard surface and parking lot is complete and is being used by the Rockwall High School Orange Wave Marching Band.

    Marching Band Surface

    Roof Replacements

    Cain Middle School, Utley Middle School and Pullen Elementary School are scheduled to have their roofs replaced over the summer. Construction is scheduled to begin in August and will be completed during the fall semester.

     

    Safety and Security

    Shatter resistant film will be installed on the front entrances of all campuses by 2017. Construction is anticipated to begin in June of 2017 and completed by August of 2017.

     

    In addition, access control upgrades will be added at Rockwall High School, Rockwall-Heath High School, Utley Middle School and Williams Middle School beginning in the fall of 2016 and completed by spring/summer of 2017.

     

    Williams Middle School will have its security cameras upgraded by the spring/summer of 2017.

     

    View the bond projects timeline presentation

     

     


    Posted on March 24, 2016


    At their March 21 meeting, the Rockwall ISD Board of Trustees received an update on the timelines of several projects approved by voters in the 2015 Bond Election.

    Elementary School 14


    Elementary School 14 is currently in the design phase with Stantec architects. Stantec is scheduled to present their initial designs to trustees at their May 16 meeting. Construction is anticipated to begin in August with completion targeted for August of 2017.


    Dobbs Elementary Replacement


    Abatement of the Dobbs annex building will begin in April with demolition to start in June and finish before school starts in August.

    The architects, VLK, are scheduled to present their initial designs to trustees at their June 20 meeting. Construction is set to begin in March 2017 and be completed by July of 2018.


    College and Career Academy


    Huckabee Architects will present initial designs the the trustees at their June 20 meeting. Construction would then begin in December. Construction is set to finish in June of 2018 with the campus opening for students in August 2018.


    Turf and Track Installations


    Cain Middle School and Williams Middle School will have turf installed at their football fields and their tracks replaced by the end of August.

    Rockwall High School and Rockwall-Heath High School will have their on-campus track replacement completed in August.


    Marching Band Surface and Parking Lot


    Construction on the Rockwall High School marching band hard surface and parking lot is scheduled to be completed by the start of school in August.


    Roof Replacements


    Cain Middle School, Utley Middle School and Pullen Elementary School are scheduled to have their roofs replaced over the summer. Construction is scheduled to begin in June and will be completed during the fall semester.


    Safety and Security


    Shatter resistant film will be installed on the front entrances of all campuses by the start of school in August. In addition, access control upgrades will be added at Rockwall High School, Rockwall-Heath High School, Utley Middle School and Williams Middle School by the end of August. Williams Middle School will have its security cameras upgraded by the start of the new school year as well.


    View the bond projects timeline presentation
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    Posted on January 25, 2016


    Trustees Approve Issuance of Bonds and Construction Managers

    On January 19, at their regularly scheduled meeting, the Board of Trustees took action on two items related to the 2015 Rockwall ISD Bond Projects.


    Issuance of Bonds


    In order to take advantage of favorable market conditions, trustees gave the district permission to issue up to $125 million in bonds.


    The total includes $26.2 million in bonds that were authorized by voters in 2007 to build Rockwall ISD’s 14th elementary school.


    “We’re issuing bonds earlier than we first anticipated,” said Chief Financial Officer Randy McDowell. “However the current market conditions enable us to secure a lower than anticipated interest rate.”


    The bond issuance will maintain the projected tax increase of two and a half cents this year but lower the lifetime cost of the debt.


    “We’ve completed all of our projections at a 4.25% interest rate to be conservative,” said Jeff Roberts of First Southwest Financial. “I anticipate the actual rate will be below 4%.”


    Through its participation in the Texas Permanent Schools Fund, Rockwall ISD’s bond will be issued with a AAA bond rating. By itself Rockwall ISD has a bond rating of AA2 from Moody’s and AA from Standard and Poor’s.


    Construction Manager at Risk


    Trustees named Northstar Builders and Lee Lewis Construction as the Construction Managers at Risk for three 2015 Bond Projects.


    Northstar Builders will provide construction manager services on Elementary 14 and the College and Career Academy. Lee Lewis will work on the new Dobbs Elementary building.


    A construction manager works directly with architects to ensure that all of the subcontractor’s work on the project meets the architect’s specifications. A construction manager at risk adds the requirement of the manager assuming the risk if the project goes over-budget.


    The construction managers were selected through a sealed-bid process. A selection committee, which included Rockwall ISD representatives and the previously selected architects, opened the 10 submitted bids and rated each of the proposals.


    The selection committee’s recommendation and ratings were presented to the trustees during their meeting. The trustees accepted the recommendation of the selection committee.

     

     

     

    Posted on January 7, 2016

    Trustees Approve Plans to Begin First Bond Projects

    On December 14, the Rockwall ISD Board of Trustees approved plans to begin work on several projects that voters authorized in the November 2015 Bond Election. Rockwall ISD selected three different architecture firms to begin the design work on the upcoming projects. In addition the Trustees heard reports on the expected beginning and completion dates of construction on these projects.


    Elementary 14

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    Stantec was chosen to draft plans for Elementary School 14 which was approved by voters in the 2007 Bond Election. The design of the school will be similar to the design for Stevenson Elementary.


    Elementary 14 will be located in the southern portion of the district to relieve Amy Parks Elementary which is currently over capacity. The district is currently negotiating on a site for this campus.


    Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2016 with the school opening in the fall of 2017.


    College and Career Academy


    The Rockwall ISD College and Career Academy will provide junior and senior students at Rockwall High School and Rockwall-Heath High School the opportunity to take specialized Career and Technology courses while also creating additional capacity for the high schools.


    The College and Career Academy will be located on John King Boulevard south of Interstate 30.


    Huckabee Architects was selected to design the Rockwall ISD College and Career Academy. Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2016 with the campus opening in the fall of 2018.


    New Dobbs Elementary


    Rockwall ISD will build a new Dobbs Elementary School at the location of the current Dobbs annex. The current building will then be repurposed for other district uses.


    VLK Architects were selected to design the new Dobbs Elementary. Demolition of the Dobbs annex will begin in the spring with construction of the new building
    scheduled to begin in early 2017. Students would begin using the new building in the fall of 2018.


    Other projects approved by voters in the 2015 Bond Election will have architects or civil engineers approved by the Trustees at a later time.


     

    Posted on December 15, 2015

    New College & Career Academy Positions Community to Lead

    Community leaders see advantage to growing local workforce


    With the new College & Career Academy in the early planning stages, local community leaders see the project as a sign the community is at the forefront of developing a local, quality workforce. At the same time, the Academy will help Rockwall ISD meet new Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board goals for students.


    The new College & Career Academy, a result of the November bond election, is exciting for community and local leaders. “The passing of the school bond is far greater reaching than just preparing our students for college and career,” said Rockwall Economic Development Corporation CEO Sheri Franza. “It truly impacts the culture and climate of our city, our property values, our neighbors and our tax rate.”


    As the Rockwall Economic Development Corporation works to broaden and diversify the tax base in the community, they also recruit industry and corporations to the community. “The number one question asked of a site selector or business owner is ‘what is the talent of your workforce.’   The quality of our workforce puts Rockwall in a position to attract the high-end businesses we want to have in our city.  The businesses we attract have a direct impact on our culture and climate and ultimately affects the value of our real estate,” said Franza.


    For Lake Pointe Health Network CEO and Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce Chair-Elect Brett Lee the new College & Career Academy represents a collaborative relationship between business and schools. “The new college and career academy will pair excellent classroom education with practical, hands on experiences provided by local business leaders,” said Lee. “This combination will prepare graduates to be successful in a rapidly changing work environment.”


    Rockwall ISD has worked collaboratively with community leaders to identify growing industries, such as healthcare, engineering, science, and mathematics. Students can select one of these focus areas to receive in-depth training as part of their high school experience. “The result will be graduates that are prepared for college and highly sought-after in the job market,” said Lee.


    On a broader scale, the College & Career Academy propels Rockwall ISD to the forefront of achieving Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board goals as announced recently by Governor Greg Abbott. The state’s goal, named 60x30TX (60 by 30 Texas), tasks educators and industry to ensure at least 60 percent of Texans ages 25-34 will have a certificate or degree by 2030. The College & Career Academy will offer high school students the opportunity to earn professional certifications and up to a year of college credit by graduation. STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) occupations requiring professional certifications, such as Solid Works, Mastercam, Autodesk, Architectural Revit and cyber security are high need areas that place students in an advantageous position for successful entry into the workforce. Most importantly, Rockwall ISD graduates are ready for the next step of their choice – higher education or a quality career in the workforce.


    Whether meeting local needs or state goals, the new College & Career Academy will position Rockwall and its students at the forefront of education and ready for the future.

     

     

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