TEMPLE, Texas — The Temple Independent School District is staying local with several of the architectural firms and construction companies hired as the district begins to move forward with projects approved in the Bond 2022 package.
The TISD board of trustees conducted architect interviews for the Bond 2022 projects on Thursday (June 16). Eighteen requests for proposals were submitted to the district and eight candidates participated in the interview process. Three architects were selected by the board to complete the bond projects including local firm – MRB Group – who submitted their proposal in partnership with Grace Herbert Curtis. In addition, two local construction management firms – Cloud Construction and Emerson Construction—were selected this spring along with American Constructors and Hill & Wilkerson. The other two architect firms selected by the board of trustees are Stantec and PBK.
“Hiring multiple architects and construction managers allows us to have more competitive bidding and a faster project implementation timeline,” said Dan Posey, president of the TISD board of trustees. “That is an expectation we heard loud and clear from the community during the Bond 2022 campaign.”
“It is important that the 2022 Bond, which was supported by our local taxpayers, provides opportunities to give back to our local economy,” said Dr. Bobby Ott, superintendent of schools for Temple. “When you consider that our local businesses employ parents and others that are personally invested in Temple ISD, it adds a personal touch in working these projects. MRB Group, along with Cloud Construction and Emerson Construction, submitted exemplary proposals and we are thrilled to partner with them on these exciting projects.”
Specific projects will be assigned in the coming weeks with the exception of the new elementary school campus, which was awarded to Stantec, and the elementary school security vestibules project, which was awarded to MRB Group. Those two projects have been identified as priority projects by both the community and the district. Planning for those projects will begin immediately and construction will be underway as soon as possible.