- Why are some contracts only assigned one architect?
Katy ISD has utilized a number of architects over the years. Six architectural firms, for example, were retained for work associated with the 2014 bond Program. Professional services (i.e. architectural) cannot be bid per the Texas Government Code. Firms are selected based upon their qualifications.
- How was there enough money left over to build two new elementary schools out of the 2010 bond?
Savings were achieved due to the downturn in the economy in 2011 and very favorable bidding conditions. New schools were released for construction proposals in early 2011 to take advantage of the market conditions.
- What is the projected average square footage for:
(To determine approximate cost for each school to be constructed per 2014 dollars.)
* Junior High?
* High School?
The current projected approximate square footage as design work currently under way is 130,000 sq. ft. for an elementary, 195,000 sq. ft. for a junior high, and 615,000 sq. ft. for a high school.
- How does future building design change to accommodate changing needs?
When a design is commenced, whether it be a new design, modified repeat or renovation, we meet with all departments.
- What is driving the 8-10% construction inflation and what is done with any realized surplus at the end of a project?
The rapid growth in many sectors of construction within the Houston metroplex has resulted in a rapid increase in the construction market. The market is attempting to also correct for the losses during the economic downturn. Project savings are placed into an account for use as deemed appropriated by the Board.
- Does the District maintain a Facility Condition Index (FCI) score card of existing portfolio assets?
The Maintenance and Operations Department maintains an in-depth appreciation of component condition and performance on an ongoing basis. Software programs are utilized to monitor and track component performance and condition.
- Does the District have a Facility Asset Management Plan?
Several support departments assume responsibility for aspects of asset management and each have appropriate systems in place to manage assets based upon their area of responsibility.
- What is the CAPEX and OPEX for portables vs. other options and what percentage of the CAPEX to install those is sunk cost lost when the portable is removed?
The capital expenditure (total cost) of a portable installed is approximately $92,000. The annual operating expenditure of a portable is approximately $4,500. The sunk cost when a portable is removed is approximately $5,000.
- Does Katy ISD include contingency costs in project cost for each project?
Yes. Contingency is included within the project cost.