Introduction and Background
The Austin Independent School District (AISD) Board of Trustees called the 2017 Bond Election on Monday, June 26, 2017. The following outlines the types of construction projects and their respective implementation process within the bond package. The development of the bond package relied on multiple datasets and input including:
- Facility Condition Assessments (FCAs);
- Educational Suitability Assessments (ESAs);
- Facility Master Plan (FMP);
- Community Input; and
- Campus Staff Input.
The bond includes 1.13B in projects with an offset of 83.7M associated with land proceeds and 2008/2013 available bond funds. These reductions bring the total bond election amount to 1.05B. The bond program was developed assuming a 5-year planning and construction timeline.
Procurement Management Approach
As part of the Implementation Plan, AECOM Technical Services, Inc. (AECOM) in collaboration with the AISD Construction Management Department (CMD), and AISD Procurement Office evaluated the most effective and efficient strategy to deliver the projects. The schedule, size of the project, impact on student movement, appropriate risk transfer during construction, comfort within the construction industry, and certainty in delivery were all scrutinized prior to determining a preferred delivery method.
The Texas Government Code – Title 10 – Chapter 2269 allows public institutions including school districts to use conventional and alternate delivery methods for the construction of elementary, middle, and high school facilities. After analyzing all the projects within the bond package, CMD and AECOM recommend that the competitive sealed proposal (CSP) and the job order contracting (JOC) methods be the default method for all projects within the bond. In addition, AECOM and CMD also recommend that two other delivery methods be used including Construction Manager at Risk (CMR) and Design-Build (DB).