New VVISD elementary school a million over-budget
The cost for the $18 million new elementary school will be over-budget by one million dollars, an architectural firm told the Van Vleck Independent School Board’s trustees on Monday. And the costs could go up further.
The drawing and rendering of the new Van Vleck Elementary School were released at the VVISD monthly board meeting on Monday, as Ron Bailey from architectural firm RBK announced that the new structure will be located on the intersection of Avene J and Sixth Street, across from where the current school stands.
But Bailey said that a redesign and logistical reasons have forced the price tag to go up.
“Things changed,” Bailey told the board. “We needed to add five more classrooms than we previously had. We’re not surprised by this, but it’s a need and a challenge.”
Bailey also said that possible costs could also come up in the impending trade battles between the U.S. and other countries. Materials like steel and lumber could face rising costs and tariffs in the months to come, and that could make construction costs of the school go up as well.
“Tariffs are a big unknown right now,” Bailey said.
Bailey did tell the board that he will work to try to lower the costs on the construction of the school and get it close to the budgeted cost.
The construction will begin in December and will undergo three phases. The first phase would begin construction of the new school, with the second phase being the demolition of the existing school, and the paving of a new parking lot over the old school’s location as the final stage. Construction is scheduled to take place until March of 2020.
The new Van Vleck Elementary School will take up 4.2 site acres and almost 76,000 square feet. It will have 31 classrooms, with kindergarten classes in its own wing, first- and second-grade classrooms on the ground floor, and third- through fifth-grade classrooms on the second floor.
There will be also a water collector in front of the school that will be used for science projects and irrigation, Bailey said.
After the old school is razed, a new parking lot and parent drop-off area will be made that will have 60 lots.
The board approved the renderings with a 4-0 vote, with board president Tony Kucera and board members Kevin Ward and Donnie O’Connell absent.
The elementary school is the final project of the 2017 bond package, which includes building a new high school/middle school and renovations to Burl McKinney Stadium. The stadium renovations are underway with no delays, Bailey said.