An elevation of the planned $90 million Hays County government center. Photo by Sean Batura.
By SEAN MARLIN
The Hays County Commissioners Court hired Broaddus and Associates as its project manager for a $90 million government center to be built near Wonder World Drive and Stagecoach Trail.
Broaddus’s first project with Hays will cost the county $3 million for project management of the $90 million Government Center.
The court prepared for Broaddus by declining to approve the final construction documents from PHS&J a week earlier. The delay will enable Broaddus to look at the documents with a project manager’s eye before the court approves them.
“My main concern with green-lighting the construction document phase is that in order to do that the court must approve the design development documents, and after approval there is a section in the agreement regarding additional work,” said attorney Mark Kennedy of the building commission, “…any changes after it is approved would qualify as extra work and thus cost the county additional money. So I think it would be wise to allow the program manager not to get drawn off the board in the event that Broaddus would be able to talk about changes.”
Brenda Jenkins of Broaddus and Associates thanked the commissioners saying, “We are very appreciative that you did not approve the preliminary designs before we had a chance to get it through our own reviews.”
With input from a building committee, Hays County Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe (D-San Marcos) recommended Broaddus and Associates.
“There were fourteen proposals,” Ingalsbe said. “We reviewed each one of them and scored each. Unanimously Broaddus and Associates came on top. We feel very confident in them.”
Broaddus, which manages approximately $4 billion in construction projects, is over-seeing the Bobcat Stadium reconstruction and managed San Marcos Conference Center building projects. The two projects cost $15.8 million and $23 million, respectively.
As project manager, Broaddus will oversee the design and construction of the government center project, and is supposed to streamline the multiple processes that go into building construction while keeping the county’s interests at heart.
“We are for all intensive purpose the Hays County staff,” Jenkins said. “We don’t do anything that doesn’t go through the steering committee that is headed by Debbie Ingalsbe. We will give a status report to the commissioners to sign off on, basically.”