Broaddus & Associates provided program management and planning services on a bond program for the Eanes Independent School District (EISD) in Austin, Texas. Our firm was initially retained to guide the superintendent and school board in planning for the bond program. Our planning group generated a district-wide needs assessment, developed a master plan, and assisted the district in implementing bond layering and a long-term debt management policy. The team then oversaw functional and space programming, selection of architects, engineers and construction managers, and bond election planning.
The bond program itself included $30 million of construction for major renovations to the library, performing arts center, classrooms, athletic facilities, and administrative and support facilities. Work also included site improvements, security upgrades, replacement of HVAC and energy management systems, and extensive accessibility improvements. The program also added a new choir hall and a tennis and softball facility. In addition, Broaddus & Associates oversaw $13 million in district-wide FF&E, including computers, networking equipment, and buses. These improvements were executed on a schedule that accounted for school semester breaks and seasonal district needs.
The team assisted the school district by developing a seamless team composed of district staff and Broaddus & Associates personnel, plus architects, engineers, and construction managers to execute and report on all aspects of the program to the superintendent and school board. Broaddus & Associates provided accurate construction progress and budget status reports to coincide with regularly scheduled Board meetings and any special meetings required.
Additionally, in conjunction with an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Task Force composed of parents of students with disabilities, our team led a comprehensive program to assess, evaluate, and expedite the district’s compliance under the ADA.
The hallmark of our company is using our experience and processes to “value engineer” project savings for our clients. Our work with EISD is a prime example of this, as we were able to return a total of $335,118 in contingency savings to the school district through the course of the program. Furthermore, change orders during the bond program equaled 3.48%, a percentage that is far below the industry standard. Our firm was proud to deliver functional facilities to the school district, while protecting the bond program’s budget and schedule.