Keller ISD gears up for busy construction season

Posted Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Although the Keller school district is not adding any new campuses in the next few years, officials are gearing up for a busy construction season.

At the top of the list is a $9 million project at Timber Creek High School, which includes a 30-room classroom wing, an extension of Funnel Street for easier access and increasing the parking by 600 spaces. Funds will come from savings in the 2008 bond package.

Officials discussed the Timber Creek addition and many other improvements across the district at the April 8 Citizens Bond Oversight Committee meeting at the Education Center.

After reviewing and rating proposals from four different firms, administrators will recommend to trustees at the April 18 meeting that they hire Pogue Construction to oversee work on the project. In January, the board approved VLK Architects to design the classroom addition and paving projects.

Leesa Vardeman, principal with VLK Architects, said the project will likely go out for bids in late May and go before the board in July. Construction could begin in mid to late summer.

Officials would like to complete an overflow parking lot that would serve as the marching band’s primary practice area before the end of the fall marching season. The permitting process with the city of Fort Worth could slow progress, said Hudson Huff, director of construction and planning. The lot would be located just west of the northwest entrance to the campus from Timberland Boulevard.

The classroom wing would be on the east side of the building, in between a larger wing to the north and a smaller wing to the south. Officials expect it to take about a year to build and to open for the 2014-15 school year.

An extension of Funnel Street from Long Stem Trail to the loop drive on the east side of the campus would provide easier access to and from Alta Vista Road. Other paving portions of the project include more parking by the fieldhouse and by the baseball complex. The total number of parking spaces would be about 1,460.

Roofing projects are the next largest on the list. Trustees are scheduled to vote on April 18 on roofing and weatherproofing replacements and repairs for a number of facilities.

Administrators grouped projects together into four different packages and include extensive jobs at Central High School, Chisholm Trail Intermediate, South Keller Intermediate, the Education Center, the pressbox at the Keller ISD Athletic Complex and Keller-Harvel Elementary. More modest repairs are scheduled at Bette Perot Elementary, Freedom Elementary, Lone Star Elementary, North Riverside Elementary and Hillwood Middle School.

Funding for the roofing projects is expected to come from an insurance settlement for hail damage.

Also on the April 18 agenda, board members will vote on hiring Teague, Nall & Perkins to design paving and parking improvements at Parkview Elementary School and the Keller ISD Transportation and Maintenance Facility at Keller Hicks and Alta Vista.

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