Pearland City Council approves $12.16 million construction contract for Willowcrest subdivision improvements

The Willowcrest subdivision, an area with a history of flood loss, is a step closer to getting a needed drainage improvements. (Andy Yanez/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Willowcrest subdivision, an area with a history of flood loss, is a step closer to getting a needed drainage improvements. (Andy Yanez/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Willowcrest subdivision, an area with a history of flood loss, is a step closer to getting a needed drainage improvements. (Andy Yanez/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Willowcrest subdivision, an area with a history of repetitive flood loss according to agenda documents, is a step closer to getting a needed drainage improvement project completed.

Pearland City Council at its Jan. 10 regular meeting awarded a $12.16 million construction contract to Tandem Services, LLC. Additionally, council also passed a $179,890 contract in a separate resolution with Raba Kistner, Inc. to test subgrade and fill materials for the subdivision project.

“I want to thank [city] staff for continuing to push this through,” Pearland Mayor Kevin Cole said.

The Willowcrest subdivision drainage improvements project is one of the final drainage projects remaining from the 2019 bond program, Cole said. The total cost of the project is budgeted to be $13.89 million, according to the city of Pearland. The project’s boundaries are Cherry Street, Woody Road, West Plum Street and Mykawa Road, according to agenda documents.



Tandem Services will be tasked with updating the subdivision’s drainage, sanitary sewer, and road infrastructure as well as creating an approximately 5-acre detention pond, according to agenda documents.

The city had only two bidders for this project, according to agenda documents. Council Member Tony Carbone asked if that was a cause for concern, and Pearland Director of Engineering Robert Upton said it was not and that it was due to the nature of the market at the moment.

The Willowcrest subdivision project’s projected timeline is 660 days to reach substantial completion, according to agenda documents. If construction starts in February, the city expects for the completion date to be December 2023, agenda documents say.

Cole raised concerns about the potential timeline due to it lasting through two different hurricane seasons, and he asked the contractors and engineers if the project could be accelerated for them to do so.

“When [the project] is done, it will be brand new infrastructure in this neighborhood so it will be great to see that,” Cole said.
By Andy Yanez

Reporter, Pearland/Friendswood

Andy joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Houston. He started off as the South Houston Metro Reporter where he helped each different edition in the South Houston market before transitioning to the Pearland/Friendswood market in August 2021. Andy covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Andy served as the sports editor of The Cougar, UH's student newspaper, where he covered the university's athletics beat for two years and got to cover the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four in Indianapolis.