TEXARKANA, Texas -- The Pleasant Grove Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a Guaranteed Maximum Price of just over $7 million for a new high school field house project during a Friday meeting.
The GMP of $7,071,336 was approved through the district's project contractor, Harrison, Walker and Harper Construction. The field house was listed as one of the projects related to the $39.9 million bond passed by voters in May.
"It's been a long process to get this field house designed to be the best for our students and faculty," Director of Operations Matt Fry said. "It's going to be a multi-use venue, but it's also going to be something that our community can be proud of. It's going to be really nice."
The field house will include classroom space, boys and girls locker rooms, sports medicine facilities, coaches' rooms and a film room. Part of the project will include a new jumbotron video board.
The new facility and video board will be constructed where the current scoreboard is located. The video board will be integrated into the building in a way where the computer system can be updated in 10 to 15 years without affecting the building's infrastructure.
The building will have a room for PGTV students to run the video board, which will feature live video with scores and replays.
Fry said the district looked at examples of field houses from a variety of different schools to come up with the overall design, including Melissa and Celina ISDs.
"Melissa and Celina are projects that HWH has done, and the architect was able to bring in some examples of things they have done," Fry said. "And that's what it takes to make something work when you're custom designing something."
PGISD hopes to break ground on the project within the next month. HWH will start executing contracts with subcontractors very soon, Fry said.
Cory Wood, vice president of pre-construction at HWH, said the field house should be "one of the nicest facilities in Texas."
In other news from the meeting, the district swore in a new board member. Dr. Mary Beth Womack was appointed to the Place 1 position.
Womack is replacing Mark Addington, who is retiring after serving the board for 15 years. The board and Superintendent Chad Pirtle honored Addington with a plaque and a few other items to recognize his many years of service.