Vanir, as part of a joint venture (JV) with CBRE | Heery, is providing program management services for Dallas Independent School District’s 2020 Bond Program to fund repairs, upgrades and new equipment for the District’s K-12 campuses and new replacement schools. The JV is currently assisting with 27 of these renovation and new construction projects, with more assignments expected.
Projects managed by the JV include:
- Heavy renovations and the addition of a competition gym at Grady Spruce High School
- Renovations at eight middle school campuses
- Renovations and additions at 16 elementary schools, including administration additions, cafeterias and gyms
- An expedited summer improvement project preparing Arcadia Park Elementary to act as a “swing school” for another campus
Supporting critical changes
Midway through an existing contract, the District changed delivery methods from competitive sealed proposal to CMAR as a result of the community requesting to add a third-grade curriculum at Rosemont Upper. Between a tight schedule and needing to accelerate the project while completing the remaining additions/renovations, CMAR, though relatively new to the District, proved to be the most advantageous delivery method. Along with transferring the site from one contractor to another, reconciling materials and establishing new budgets, the new project is facing many challenges. The JV team is using past experiences to identify best practices and resolutions to these challenges. Adjustments are being suggested and implemented as approved, and the JV is closely coordinating with the District’s internal and external auditors to better manage contractual risk.