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Financing set, construction to begin
on IPCISD facilities upgrade project

by Kevin Hamilton
The Iowa Park CISD Board of Trustees met at noon Thursday in a special called session, where they accepted a set price from Pete Durant Construction Company for the upcoming facilities upgrade project.

With all board members present, the motion to accept the price “not to exceed $12,200,660” was made by Greg Deatherage and seconded by Mark Kyle. The motion was uanimously approved.

The amount is to be added as an addendum to the original contract with Durant Construction Company.

Also in attendance were Darrell and Rodney Durant of Pete Durant and Associates, Inc., and the project foreman, John Spillars.

Architects Jackie Lebow and Nichole Schaffer of Secord and Lebow Architects were also in attendance.

The action finalizes the financial aspect of the project, and, according to Assistant Superintent Steve Moody, groundbreaking and the start of construction will begin as early as next week.

The $12.2-million figure came in below the original bond package figure of $12.6 for the bulk of the upgrades project. The remainder of the $14.7-million is designated for in-house work by IPCISD personnel.

Moody noted that, in order for the construction manager at risk to end up with a “not to exceed” amount for construction, they go through the process of breaking down the project and related costs, including CMCAR fees. “They then guarantee the project to be done will not exceed that amount,” added Moody. “If anything is added later to the scope of the project, then the cost will come out of the extra amount financed.”

The Durant representatives indicated that construction trailers and equipment should start moving into Iowa Park this week, with the staging area for the project to be located south of Hawk Stadium.

Groundbreaking could be early next week, with the first stage of construction to be the new football stadium and fieldhouse.

The project timeline indicates the football stadium should be completed prior to the start of the 2013 season. The fieldhouse will likely take a few months more. Coaches and athletes will be housed in the current fieldhouse until that work is completed.

Work on the softball and baseball fields will start at the end of their respective seasons and run through the summer.

Durant is hoping to start on the exterior of of the high school in April, with work initiating at the south end (by the gym). Work will commence on the front of the high school and the auditorium once school breaks for the summer.

The bulk of in-house work on the other three campuses will take place during the summer months.