Dikita\\Vanir, a joint venture, is providing program management services for Dallas Independent School District’s 2015/2020 Bond Program. It is the first time in history that this District has awarded program management services to a minority-led team. The $1.6 billion districtwide program is addressing renovations, additions and new facility needs for educational, administrative and athletic facilities. Our scope of work at each campus includes the pre-design, design, procurement, construction, closeout and warranty phases.
The joint venture team is managing Phases 1-3 of the program, totaling $550 million in construction costs. This work consists of renovations and additions at five high schools, three middle schools and six elementary schools and includes a secondary magnet school. Dikita\\Vanir is leading the effort for the District for developing and implementing K-8 conversions on three existing campuses.
Tornado results in two additional “aggressive” projects
In October 2019, the District suffered the total loss of three schools (Thomas Jefferson High School, Cary Middle School and Walnut Hill Elementary School) when a tornado hit the northern part of Dallas. Two were catastrophic losses and one was deemed a partial loss. The EF-3 tornado caused an estimated $1.5 billion in damage to nearby homes, schools and businesses. The joint venture team was retained to provide program management services for the addition/renovation of a damaged high school (123,000 square feet; future home to 800 students) and a complete rebuild of a new PK-8 school (333,000 square feet; future home to 2,200 students).
To date, the project has exceeded 500,000 manhours of trade partner labor with a high point of almost 400 workers onsite. Each campus will include a storm shelter to provide safety to all assigned campus students and staff in future inclement weather emergencies. The completed projects, which are on schedule for a January 2023 opening, will also provide educational spaces, athletic facilities, a family and youth center to provide medical support services to District students and parks and recreation services for the community