Katy ISD construction roundup: Barn renovation project moves forward; elementary campuses to receive new lighting, building systems

Phillip Dautrich takes care of his son's pig at the Katy ISD 2019 Future Farmers of America Livestock Show and Katy Rodeo, held at the Gerald D. Young Agriculture Science Center. Seven KISD barns at the center will soon receive upgraded plumbing, electrical and security systems. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
Phillip Dautrich takes care of his son's pig at the Katy ISD 2019 Future Farmers of America Livestock Show and Katy Rodeo, held at the Gerald D. Young Agriculture Science Center. Seven KISD barns at the center will soon receive upgraded plumbing, electrical and security systems. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

Phillip Dautrich takes care of his son's pig at the Katy ISD 2019 Future Farmers of America Livestock Show and Katy Rodeo, held at the Gerald D. Young Agriculture Science Center. Seven KISD barns at the center will soon receive upgraded plumbing, electrical and security systems. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

Students and teachers may not be at campuses during the coronavirus pandemic, but Katy ISD continues to pursue construction projects for campuses and facilities so they are safe and working properly for the next school year.

At the regular April 27 meeting, the Katy ISD board of trustees unanimously approved several construction-related items for the district.

Construction manager selected for barn renovations

Nash Industries Inc. was approved as the general contractor for a $2.8 million project to renovate seven barns at the Young Agriculture Sciences Center.

The board approved the funding for the construction project in January. It will be paid for through savings from the 2017 voter-approved $609.2 million bond.

The estimated project completion date is Sept. 1, per meeting materials.


The seven barns that will be renovated were built between 2003-13 and are no longer up to district standards, according to meeting materials. The project entails improving interior plumbing, electrical and security systems as well as storage.

Seven campuses, transportation center to receive new exterior lighting

E3 Entegral Solutions Inc. was awarded the construction contract for installing exterior lighting improvements at seven elementary school campuses and the East Transportation Center.

The total project cost is $665,198 and is expected to be completed by Oct. 30, per meeting materials. Funding comes from the 2017 voter-approved bond. The improvements include replacing existing exterior lights with LED lighting, and the project will reduce operational costs and improve security.

The following are the schools that will receive new lighting.

  • Holland Elementary School

  • Kilpatrick Elementary School

  • King Elementary School

  • Mayde Creek Elementary School

  • Nottingham Country Elementary School

  • Rylander Elementary School

  • Stanley Elementary School




Six campuses to receive new control systems

Half a dozen elementary schools will receive new building management control systems from Climatec and Unify Energy Solutions for a total project cost of $3.4 million, according to meeting documents.

The project will be paid for via the 2017 bond.

The following schools will receive a new building management control system by Oct. 30.

  • Holland Elementary School

  • Kilpatrick Elementary School

  • Rylander Elementary School

  • Stanley Elementary School

  • Stephens Elementary School

  • WoodCreek Elementary School


“Approval of this recommendation will provide reducedoperational costs, improve safety and improve staff and public comfort,” said Mark Tiedt, KISD executive director of maintenance and operations.


Portable classrooms connection fees approved

The board approved the connection fees totaling $3.6 million for 37 portable classrooms at 17 campuses.

The portable classrooms will provide a relief for student enrollment growth and special program expansions for the 2020-21 school year, per meeting materials. The project completion date is estimated for Aug. 4.

The $3.6 million connection fee—funded via the 2019-20 general operating fund—does not include the cost to move the buildings, which will be an additional expense of approximately $1.2 million, KISD Chief Financial Officer Christopher J. Smith said.

Both the connections fees and the moving expenses are in addition to the 13 new portables the board approved to purchase for $880,171 at the March 30 regular meeting, Smith and Tiedt said.
By Jen Para
Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. She covers education, transportation, local government, business and development in the Katy area.


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