HPM has worked with Round Rock Independent School District for more than nine years, providing strong advice and tangible cost savings built upon a strong foundation of trust. We are currently serving as the program manager for the district’s $500+ million capital bond program.
HPM’s role with the school district includes the three-year management of the planning, design, and construction of several large projects, including a new elementary school, a new aquatics practice center, expansion of existing schools, modernization of two high schools and more. This also includes technology, security and ongoing maintenance. We provide program controls with a dedicated interface with the accounting and financial systems of the district and development of the master schedule, including all procurement, design, construction, occupancy and startup milestones.
HPM’s planning team recently completed the 2022 Facilities Conditions Assessment utilizing a progressive planning software, Asset Planner from ASG of Ameresco. The FCA scope of work included updating the 2018 bond datasets and implementing an annual, up to date software database for Facilities Capital expenditures to be incorporated into the 2022-2023 Facilities Master Plan. More recently, HPM was selected to develop the 2023 Facilities Master Plan which will be used for the 2024 Bond Program. AS part of the process, the prioritization and criteria was determined, the data for establishing facilities investment framework was assembled, and all data sets were evaluated for the entire Capital Plan. A Facilities Capital oversight committee is being formed and FMP outreach for communications is underway. GIS dashboards are being developed to support the communications efforts and assist with educating the community about the work and investigations the district is completing. Alson underway are capacity and utilization studies, which will provide the datasets for the number of students that can be accommodated for instruction in a building which can be affected by use, size, infrastructure, TEA requirements and District’s policy. The Facilities Master Plan will be completed in early 2024.
Saving the Owner Time and Money, Despite a Pandemic
Construction projects around the world have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For many, it has caused delays and budget increases, setbacks that public-school districts typically cannot afford. At Round Rock ISD, however, we have delivered over $75 million of work in a period of eight months. All summer 2020 projects were completed successfully on time. The projects included miscellaneous HVAC, roofing, bleachers, kitchen and flooring renovations. In addition, there were renovations completed on the PA system, fire alarm system, cafeteria stage, main distribution frame room, a track replacement and a field turf replacement. Electrical renovations were also completed, including replacement of panels and main switchgears. In order to provide a successful completion on these projects, the team helped to redefine and implement schedules, document management and control protocols. In addition to keeping projects on track, HPM saved the owner approximately $1 million in the first year through Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) reviews and pre-audit work.
“HPM was able to mobilize immediately augmenting our understaffed construction department. Greg Ellis and Derek McSween organized the HPM team and aligned with our staff to become immediately effective and efficient. Our immediate needs required HPM staff to assume district duties of ongoing projects. Additionally, HPM was tasked to implement new program controls and reporting systems for the district and to develop a way to reconcile project controls to mirror the district’s finance and accounting departments internally.”
Terry Worcester, COO, Round Rock ISD