Monday, May 30, 2016

May 2016 Regents Report

Today@Sam has their report on the quarterly meeting of the Texas State University System Board of Regents:

  • Approve the design development documents for the Biology Laboratory Building and the projected total project cost of $65 million to be funded by Tuition Revenue Bonds in the amount of $48 million and by Revenue Financing System Bonds in the amount of $17 million
  • Approve interlocal agreement with the City of Huntsville granting a storm drain easement across the intramural fields to serve as storm water detention in exchange for the vacation of three street segments (parts of Bowers Boulevard, Avenue J and Avenue I), which are needed to support campus infrastructure, construction and master planning activities.
  • Authorization to purchase property at 2416A Sam Houston Avenue for future development.
    • This is property adjacent to Sam South.
The planning and construction executive summary also provides the following news:

I. Project Planning & Programming

1) North Residential District
Programming is complete on Phase 2 of the North Residential District for the additional beds needed per the 2012 Master Plan Update. It will include another residence hall on the north side for 600 beds with both single and shared units. The 500 car parking structure project has been relocated to the center of campus immediately west of the Bernard Johnson Coliseum to accommodate more pressing parking requirements and will be removed from this project’s scope.

2) North Residential District Parking Structure
Programming is complete for the 500 car parking structure as an alternate to surface parking for the North Residential District. This also includes space for a future Transportation office.

3) Coliseum Parking Structure
Programming is complete for the 500 car parking structure to be located adjacent to the Bernard Johnson Coliseum. This will address the ADA issues to the Coliseum as well as alleviate the parking congestion on the south side of campus.

II. Design and Construction Document Phase

4) Biology Laboratory Building
Architect: HDR Architects with Team Hoke Est. Cost: $65,000,000
Contractor: J. T. Vaughn Construction Est. Completion: Summer 2018

The building will be funded by a Tuition Revenue Bond, and is proposed to include biology laboratories, with instructional, research and administrative areas for Biology.  The building is proposed to contain approximately 97,050 gross square feet. Design Development is 100% complete. The Design Development documents and total project cost will be submitted to the Board of Regents for approval at the May 2016 meeting.

5) Lowman Student Center Addition
Architect: EYP, Inc. Est. Cost: $35,000,000
Contractor: Whiting-Turner Construction Est. Completion: April, 2018

Programming began on June 22, 2012 to expand and selectively renovate the Lowman Student Center to provide additional space for the services and activities that support student life. The expansion is planned to be located on the former Smith-Kirkley Hall site. The October 2012 student referendum vote was successful for this project. Programming is complete and was approved in January 2013. The Feasibility study is complete and approved. Solicitations for design and contractor resulted in EYP being selected as the Architecutural firm and Whiting-Turner as the Construction Manager at Risk.

6) Thomason Building Re-Purpose
Architect: PBK Architects, Inc Est. Cost: $8,100,000
Contractor: Whiting-Turner Construction Est. Completion: February 2018

The existing occupants will be moving to the new Fred Pirkle Engineering Technology Center, which is currently scheduled to open in spring 2017. The programming reconfigures the interior spaces to support conversion from academic to administrative space, as well as renovations to bring this 1952 building up to current building, life-safety, and accessibility requirements and to address aging building systems. Procurement of an Architect and a Construction Manager-At-Risk has been completed. PBK Architects was select for design and Whiting-Turner Construction was selected as the Construction Manager at Risk. PBK began the Schematic Design phase in March 2016.

III. Construction Phase

7) Bernard Johnson Coliseum Renovation
Architect: PBK Sports Architects Est. Cost: $12,344,977
Contractor: White Construction Company Est. Completion: November 2016

Extensive mechanical, electrical, plumbing renovation is needed as the original systems are still in place. Locker room and restroom improvements along with replacement and addition of retractable seats and life safety compliance concerns are being addressed through this project scope. The Guaranteed Maximum Price was approved on February 4, 2016. Construction was started on March 28, 2016.

8) Fred Pirkle Engineering Technology Center
Architect: The Lawrence Group Architects Est. Cost: $22,000,000
Contractor: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. Est. Completion:November 2016

This 53,000 gross square foot facility provides an emphasis on specialized instructional capabilities for a mix of engineering technology labs (e.g., prototype production/innovation, electrical, environmental design / sustainability, “solar” outdoor terrace) and agricultural science instruction labs (e.g., wildlife/physiology, animal science research). Distributed gathering spaces with exhibits from the works of Fred Pirkle and a showcasing of the technologies being taught in the facility will be interwoven throughout the facility. Design Development documents were approved at the February 2015 Board of Regents Meeting. The Groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 12, 2015 and a Notice to Proceed with Construction was issued on June 15, 2015. Construction progresses with completion of the exterior envelope, interior framing, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing rough-in. Construction is 45% complete.

9) South Dining
Programmer/Architect: Kirksey Architects Est. Cost: $15,131,295
Contractor: BE&K Building Group Est. Completion: August 2016

This 29,000 gross square foot food service/dining facility is located adjacent to the existing South Paw Dining as an enhancement to support the south food service capacity. The existing bakery and food service offices will be moved from the Belvin basement to the new facility. The expansion is located over an existing parking lot. Board approval of the project was granted at a Called Meeting on April 6, 2015. Notice to Proceed with Construction was issued July 1, 2015. Exterior envelope is underway, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-in is in process. Construction is 33%

10) South District Parking & Related Infrastructure
Architect: Gessner Engineering, LLC Est. Cost: $4,323,934
Contractor: SpawGlass Civil Construction Completion: Summer 2015

This project includes construction of 421 parking spaces, concrete surface sidewalks, the 22nd Street extension between Avenue J and Avenue I, and underground storm water detention facilities. It will be located on the site of the recently-purchased Richmond Apartments and adjacent parking lots. Design Development documents were approved by the Chancellor pursuant to authority delegated by the Board of Regents in May 2014. A Notice to Proceed with Construction was issued in October 2014. The project is 100% complete, and payment of retainage is pending. The parking lot is in use.
11) South Residence Complex
Architect: Stantec /Treanor Architects Est. Cost: $67,400,000
Contractor: SpawGlass Contractors, Inc. Est. Completion: August 2017

The project includes construction of a Living & Learning Community including 700-bed residence halls of approximately 233,000 gross square feet each. Large open green spaces and pedestrian walkways will provide ample access in both directions.  The project will include a chiller plant and associated infrastructure to support the residence halls. The project is intended to create the south residential district of the Sam Houston campus. Design Development documents were approved by the Board of Regents in November 2014. A Notice to Proceed with Construction was issued on July 6, 2015. Construction of foundations is 100% complete with structural framing up to Level 6, and interior partitions have started on level 3. Construction is 30% complete.

12) Student Health and Counseling Center
Architect: The Lawrence Group Architects Est. Cost: $11,332,000
Contractor: Tellepsen Builders, L.P. Completion: August 2014

The new 29,000 square foot center houses both the University’s physical health and mental health services. The project is located next to Old Main Market where former King Hall was situated. The Design Development package and project cost were approved at the August 2013 Board of Regents meeting. Construction began on October 14, 2013, with an interior substantial completion issued August 22, 2014.  The Physical Health Clinic has reported an increase of 49% and Counseling reported an 8% increase in student use. Close-out is in process.

13) The Woodlands Center Level 4 Nursing Build out, Phase 2
Architect: WHR Architects Est. Cost: $891,000
Contractor: eContractors Est. Completion: March 2016

Construction of Phase 1 (Simulation Lab, Skills Lab, home health learning, and office suite) was complete in December 2014. Construction of Phase 2 includes a second Skills Lab and office space, and recently was completed. Close-out is in process.

IV. Completed Projects


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