Board approves schematic designs for 11 Bond projects
The schematic designs for 11 of the 13 Bond 2016 projects (see below) were approved by the San Antonio ISD Board of Trustees during their regular meeting on Oct. 15, 2018. The schematic designs for two additional Bond projects – Bowden Academy and Brackenridge High School – will be presented at a November Board meeting, after their broader communities have had an opportunity to provide input.
“It is exciting to be able to share with the community the creative designs for the 2016 Bond Program,” said Willie Burroughs, SAISD chief operations officer.
The purpose of a schematic design is to translate the project program into an initial set of drawings and a three-dimensional computer rendering, which illustrates the basic concepts of the site plan including floor plans, elevations, and scale. Schematic design also takes into consideration building systems such as HVAC and electrical, building services such as security and fire alarms, and technical requirements such as phone and data. The schematic drawings are reviewed and refined for functionality, usability, code compliance, security, safety and aesthetics.
Internal and external stakeholder feedback around the Bond 2016 projects is an integral part of the schematic design process. All projects are being presented, evaluated and commented on by multiple groups of stakeholders, from Community Advisory Committee members to Project Advisory Team members, from campus leadership meetings to community meetings, and more.
As a result of feedback, for example, branding that identifies Burbank and Jefferson high schools as International Baccalaureate World Schools will be visible on their buildings, the Fox Tech campus will develop a Master Plan that takes into account its three schools onsite, and existing murals will be incorporated into the designs at Brackenridge, Burbank, Sam Houston and Lanier high schools. Additional feedback has been incorporated as well.
“Our goal is to provide future-ready learning environments that extend beyond the classroom that are fresh, engaging, and flexible while also preserving the rich history of our District and schools,” Burroughs said.
The final schematic design is then produced and is used to estimate project square footage, total project budget, project schedule and occupancy dates.
With the Board approval of the schematic designs, the next step in the process is design development. This phase collects the results from the schematic designs and takes them one step further. Design development yields a more detailed site plan with full dimensions. This phase involves finalizing the design and specifying items such as materials and general structural details.
Once the District and architects are comfortable with the drawings produced from the design development phase, they move on to construction documents. And, of course, the final step is the actual construction process.
The Bond 2016 projects will begin their construction phases in either late 2018 or early 2019.
Some Bond projects, such as those for Bowden Academy and J. T. Brackenridge Elementary School are projected to have completion dates in 2019. Four additional schools are scheduled to be completed in 2020, and these are Davis, Irving and Rogers middle schools and Edison High School. The rest of the projects have estimated completion dates scheduled in 2021.