The Bonham ISD’s Board of Trustees have recently approved WRL-General Contractors out of Tyler, Texas to serve as our, “Construction Managers at Risk” team in the construction of the new BHS. This role will include the tasks of finding suitable contractors, quality control, assisting in the design phase, and keeping the total cost of the project on or under budget.
Stantec and BISD administration are currently in the process of finalizing a draft of the building’s footprint to present to the board for their consideration and possible approval. Early stages of elevation or virtual drawings are in the works and will soon be presented to the Board for possible approval as well. The whole process is exciting and very rewarding and we are pleased to have the BHS Principal, Mr. Ryan Prock, and his staff involved in all phases of the design.
Even with all of the progress that has been made, just like the I.W. Evans project, the overall process is a long one and we know that the citizens of Bonham are just as anxious as we are for the construction to begin. This will be a high school that will accommodate many levels and academic disciplines ranging from remedial to advanced level courses, feed over 1,000 meals and transport over 700 students on an average day. Also, to accommodate the arts, dance, choir, band, 14 separate varsity athletic teams, along with their JV counterparts, the gathering process of all needed information, design and other necessary components can take up to or longer than a calendar year. It takes the utmost care to design a building that will serve a community for decades to come.
With this building our goals are to prepare for district growth, to create a safe and secure environment to ensure maximum security, and to give the community something we are proud of and can enjoy visiting. The new school will encompass the latest technology available to education institutions, all within a budget approved by our community.
Timelines may change a week ahead or behind on construction due to certain causes, but the Fall 2018 opening will not change! We will continue to keep the community posted and if there are any questions please feel free to visit our bonhamisd.org website and continue to the right side of the page to the “Ask the Superintendent” section. We will do our very best to be as transparent as possible during this arduous process. And, remember, you are always welcome at Bonham ISD.
September 23, 2016- Meetings between BISD staff, architects, mechanical/electrical consultants, roofing consultants, civil engineer and the contractor are occurring twice each week to finalize the footprint of the building. The design is changing with each meeting as we work to determine placement of each component (classrooms, labs, locker rooms, access points, parking lots, bus traffic, etc.) The footprint is 90% established at this writing. The project is on schedule.
On May 7, the Bonham ISD stakeholders voted to pass the $30 million bond to build a new Bonham High School. Since the election, District administrators, BHS staff and Stantec architects have been diligently working on the schematic design of the new building.
On May 19, BHS teachers and administrators including Crystal Buckaloo, Chris Dickson, Paul Westbrook, Beth Mizell, Staci Hunnicutt, Gretchen Shook, and Gloria Smith joined Dr. Marvin Beaty, Bill Wakefield and Stantec Architects Terry Hoyle and Lorenzo Navarette for site visits to area school districts. The objective was to see a variety of school designs and configurations in planning for the new high school. The group visited newly renovated McKinney High School, Reedy High School in Frisco, and McMillen High School in Plano ISD.
On June 8, Stantec Architectural personnel met with BHS teachers and administrators and staff to begin programming the features to be included in the design of the new building. Discussions included classroom spaces, offices, library, common areas, weight room renovation, gym, locker room, and stage areas.
Follow-up planning sessions are scheduled for July. During these sessions, actual physical placement of each of the areas will be finalized will include cafeteria and kitchen configurations and finalization of the physical placement of each of the areas.
The design development portion of the project timeline is scheduled for the Fall of 2016, hiring of construction manager and review of bids in Spring 2017. Estimated start of construction will begin June 2017 and substantial completion is projected to be August 2018.