Grapevine-Colleyville ISD trustees unanimously approved replacing athletic field turf at three middle schools in the district Feb. 26. In addition to these replacements, other improvements will be made to other track and field components.

The details

The three schools getting replacement turf include:
  • Colleyville Middle School
  • Grapevine Middle School
  • Heritage Middle School
According to GCISD documents, the district’s architectural firm, Huckabee, issued the construction project to replace the synthetic turf fields under the competitive sealed proposal construction delivery method. Two proposals were received from turf general contractors: one from Hellas Construction and the other from Paragon Sports Constructors.

District documents state that the district’s committee reviewed and ranked the proposals based on the criteria outlined in the invitation for proposals. Huckabee’s landscape architect also reviewed the proposals to verify that they were consistent with the scope of work and specifications included in the project manual and plans.

The committee determined that Paragon’s bid at $2.3 million provided the best value. Hellas’ bid came in at just under $3.7 million, according to district documents.

Three additional projects in Paragon’s bid include:
  • Restriping tracks
  • Adding jump pit covers
  • Adding lacrosse lines at GMS and HMS
Superintendent Brad Schnautz said that this project is the second phase of turf replacements being completed. The first phase consisted of replacing turf at Mustang-Panther Stadium, Colleyville Heritage High School and Cross Timbers Middle School.

What they’re saying

Chief Operating Officer Paula Barbaroux said that it made sense for the tracks surrounding the athletic fields to be restriped while Paragon’s crews were out there. She added that jump pit covers will help keep the sand from the jump pits out of the turf itself.

“The last piece was to add lacrosse lines at Grapevine Middle School and Heritage Middle School; one field would be striped for girls lacrosse and one field striped for boys lacrosse,” Barbaroux said. “Collectively, [these projects] are within the district’s budget.”

“It’s going to be a nice addition with the lacrosse lines, so that’s a plus for the community and the teams that practice out there,” board President Shannon Braun said.

According to district documents, substantial completion of the project for Colleyville Middle School and Heritage Middle School is slated for July 15 and July 22 for Grapevine Middle School.