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HCC Bond Construction Program Gains Momentum

Institution’s 35% SBE goal to be reached; releases RFP for Construction Managers-at-Risk; names management groups and architectural/engineering firms

Houston Community College continues to make progress in its $425 million bond program – a capital improvement program that involves 14 construction projects at all six HCC colleges.

One of the nation’s largest community colleges, HCC announces an aggressive Small Business Enterprise (SBE) goal of 35 percent for the Bond Program. The college will host an SBE education and meet and greet kick-off event mid-January 2014.

Most recently, HCC issued its Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Bond Construction Managers-at-Risk project. This follows decisions on construction project managers and architectural/engineering firms – see complete list below. HCC will announce the recommendation to award decision regarding its choice for Construction Managers-at-Risk firms in February 2014.

HCC is using the Construction Manager-at-Risk project delivery method for the Bond program, allowing HCC to select, at the early stages of the design process, the firms that will act as the general contractor for the projects. The Construction Managers-at-Risk will work alongside the Program Manager, Project Managers and the project Architects/Engineers, ensuring team collaboration during the development of project drawings and specifications.

Texas law requires that Construction Managers-at-Risk select their subcontractors using a publicly advertised competitive procurement process at the end of the design phase. The subcontractor procurement process ensures that projects are constructed by the trade contractors who offer the “best value” to the project, taking into account both quality and price.

The following core team is working with HCC staff to ensure the best value approach applies to all projects in the Bond Program:

Program Manager
 Jacobs Program Management Co.

Bond Program Legal Consultation
 Rogers, Morris & Grover, L.L.P.

Central College Team
 Project Manager: Freese and Nichols
Project Architect: SHW Group, LLP

Coleman College for Health Sciences Team
 Project Manager: Heery International
Project Architect: HDR Architecture, Inc.

Northeast College Team
 Project Manager: Freese and Nichols
Project Architect: Pierce Goodwin Alexander & Linville, Inc.

Northwest College Team
 Project Manager: Jones Lange LaSalle
Project Architect: PBK Architects, Inc.

Southeast College Team
 Project Manager: Heery International
Project Architect: PDG Architects

Southwest College Team
 Project Manager: Jones Lang LaSalle
Project Architect: Kirksey Architecture

Future Construction/Next Steps
 As the design phase is completed for each project, the Construction Managers-at-Risk will begin the subcontractor procurement process. This process is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2014, and will continue through the fall of 2014, as each project’s drawings are finalized.

About the Bond Program
 HCC’s bond program provides each of HCC’s six colleges with new or renovated facilities and the technology to meet student needs, especially in high-demand areas such as health sciences, as well as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The $425 million bond program was overwhelmingly approved by voters in November 2012, garnering 67% of the vote.

 

Media Contact:

Diana Sanders
P 713.718.5440
E communications@hccs.edu

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