$7.998 million expansion of F.L. Moffett campus approved Friday

Construction could get underway in coming weeks

The Center ISD Board of Trustees on Friday took a big step toward preparing the F.L. Moffett campus for the future.

In a special Friday afternoon called meeting, the board unanimously approved moving forward with plans to construct a 57,000-square-foot addition to the Moffett campus at a maximum cost of $7.998 million. Officials with the Lufkin-based architectural firm of McKinley-Golden Associates said site work could start within two-to-three weeks.

The work will add two new classroom wings to the Moffett campus along with a staging area.. Board member Traci Willoughby made the motion seconded by Casey Lout to move forward with the next phase of work approved by district voters as part of a May 2018 $30 million bond package.

The vote was 5-0 in favor of the motion with board members John Holloway and Allison Johnson unable to attend.

Board members discussed several alternatives which could be added to the project if costs can be contained below the maximum allowed for the expansion. Board President Matthew Mettauer said he felt an energy management system, which could be tied in with the system on the existing part of the campus, would be a prudent investment.

Board members also discussed flooring, including possibly using an alternative material in classrooms like will be used in hallways, which does not require waxing. Supt. Dr. James Hockenberry said he did not have an exact figure for what the district spends each year on waxing floors, but he said it is in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Hockenberry noted the proposed guaranteed maximum price came in under the planning budget and cost estimate for this part of the bond program.

Part of the project will also include additional parking at the Moffett campus, which designers said could pave about another 100,000 square feet of area.