MARSHALL, Texas – Marshall ISD’s Board of Trustees awarded the renovation project to convert Sam Houston Middle School into the district’s new STEM Academy to WRL General Contractors, Lt., of Tyler during a Special Called Meeting Monday afternoon in the Pat Smith-Gasperson Board Room.
The renovation is the final project to be awarded in the district’s Legacy 2017 building program. The other four projects in the program – new elementary schools at current sites of William B. Travis Elementary, Price T. Young Middle School and David Crockett Elementary, along with a new junior high school on East Travis Street, are already well into construction and on schedule to be completed in time to open for next school year.
The renovation project will convert Sam Houston Middle School, which currently serves students in grades 5-6, into a K-5 campus for students in the district STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program. The project will include a new addition to the current building, which will serve as the school’s kindergarten wing. Included in this new wing will be five classrooms, each including a restroom; a teacher workroom; an assistant principal’s office; in-classroom storage space; two faculty restrooms; and custodial and mechanical space.
Renovations to the existing facility will include a commons/collaboration area; a new science lab; renovation of four existing restrooms; addition of a controlled entry vestibule; repurposing of the stage area of the existing cafetorium into two additional classrooms; and realignment of existing fifth grade classrooms. Other areas of the existing facility will receive cosmetic improvements such as new paint and flooring.
The current gymnasium in the facility will be renovated with new heating and air conditioning units, a new rubberized gym floor, and additional insulation.
Outside the building, a new two-lane parent drop off to accommodate up to 50-70 cars at a time will be constructed on the west side of the facility, to ease traffic on East Travis Street during drop-off and pickup times. Additionally, a new faculty/staff parking lot will be constructed on the northwest end of the facility.
The renovation will also include the addition of a playground on the east side of the building, as well as chain link security fencing around the property.
WRL’s base bid for the project was $5,675,095.00. The bid approval took place following a Competitive Sealed Proposal (CSP) in which WRL was the lone general contractor to submit a bid for the project.
WRL also serves as the general contractor for the new elementary school currently under construction at Price T. Young Middle School.
WRL, based out of Flint, Texas, has completed various commercial, industrial and educational buildings throughout East Texas in 35 years of experience. WRL is currently involved with or has completed projects in Brownsboro ISD, Bullard ISD, Gilmer ISD, Hallsville ISD, Longview ISD and Tyler ISD.
The projects in the Legacy 2017 building program were approved by MISD voters during the district’s $109,210,000.00 bond election in May of 2015.