Del Valle: 3rd Party Sought to Monitor Middle School Rebuild Costs
Featured Photo (above): Del Valle Middle School, opened in 1987, will be demolished and replaced with a larger school and athletic fields on the same campus site. Image: Del Valle ISD
By Edmond Ortiz
Del Valle (Travis County)—Del Valle Independent School District (DVISD) is looking to a San Antonio firm for help in overseeing the estimated costs associated with plans to replace one of the district’s middle schools.
The Del Valle school board voted June 16 to approve $94,700 in fees for AG/CM Estimating Services, which will provide the district with independent auditing of costs for demolishing and rebuilding Del Valle Middle School (DVMS) replacement.
Bartlett Cocke is the general contractor that will handle the reconstruction of DVMS, which is budgeted at $70.4 million. Stantec Architects is the project designer.
The $284 million bond that Del Valle ISD voters approved in November 2019 will fund the DVMS replacement, as well as demolition and rebuild of Hornsby-Dunlap and Smith elementary schools, construction of child development centers, safety and security improvements such as a new entry vestibule at Del Valle High School, renovations to the administration building and maintenance facility, and upgrades at athletic facilities.
The existing Del Valle Middle School was opened in 1987. The replacement buildings will be built on the same campus site at 5500 Ross Road, next to Del Valle Elementary School. No estimated construction timeline has been offered yet.
According to schematic design concepts, the new one-story, 175,000-square-foot middle school will have 1,000-student classroom capacity, and 1,200-student core capacity when the gymnasium, cafe and library are included in calculations.
There will be separate drop-offs for cars and buses, covered canopies at drop-offs for share and inclement weather, secured outdoor spaces with fencing, minimal landscaping, and courtyards that lend themselves to shading, security and easy access for students and staff.
Preliminary conceptual site plan for the Del Valle Middle School replacement campus. Image: Del Valle ISD
School district staff told trustees using an independent third-party audit will “provide administration with our data points with respect to construction costs for this project” and that it will ensure the project “is delivered under budget, on time and with ethical practices.”
AG/CM’s scope of work includes:
Furnishing cost estimating/pricing for the project representing the school district’s interpretation of the full project scope;
Pricing will combine use of parametric and detailed quantity survey to calculate the cost of assemblies;
Design team and owner will have the opportunity to review the pricing and request a revision incorporating clarifications for misinterpretation of scope, omission of scope and/or formatting and clerical errors;
Evaluation and pricing for multiple scenarios, concepts and/or options are included.
Edmond Ortiz is a lifelong San Antonian and a 20-plus-year veteran in local journalism, He previously worked full-time at the San Antonio Express-News, and has been freelancing for outlets such as the Rivard Report.