Message from the President
The third quarter of 2017 brought personal hardship for some of our AG|CM team as they deal with the impact of Hurricane Harvey. Corpus Christi was spared; however our neighboring communities were severely impacted. What has been most impressive is the fellow team members who donated their time and resources in support of others as the recovery began. I am thankful and proud to be associated with such an impressive group of individuals. In a prior newsletter I mentioned our pursuit of Federal and TxDOT programs along with Healthcare so I want to provide more information on each of them.
FEDERAL / TxDOT Programs – by Ken Polasek
Its official, after a few starts and stops, AG|CM is now actively engaged in pursuit of Federal and TxDOT work, with Ken Polasek as our Program Manager for this new sector of work.
Ken has been positioning AG|CM into the Federal sector over the years. AG|CM is actively providing Cost Estimating services as a subconsultant in support of the Air Force, Army, and GSA and looking forward to supporting a fuel services project in Japan and Korea. We are most excited about our recently awarded Prime Contract in support of Ft. Worth Corps of Engineers providing CM & Inspection services. And most recently all of you have been engaged in our FEMA efforts to support disaster relief for Hurricane Harvey and Irma.
Our future goal is to increase our presence in the TxDOT market and leverage our current Federal success to increase future opportunities.
HEALTHCARE – by Dan Haupt
AG|CM, along with J.L. Powers have been busy determining the best avenues to approach the healthcare market including Healthcare Association Memberships, attending healthcare workshops, conferences, and obtaining a data base for local and regional healthcare facilities. Seth Thompson, Kirk Kuykendall of J.L.Powers and Dan Haupt have been searching data base providers that can provide us with the best opportunities to go after in the healthcare markets. Markets such as Healthcare Networks, Capital and Facility Projects, Request for Proposals lists, for design, planning, and programming etc. AG|CM services to the healthcare market include Construction Management, Estimating, pre-Joint Commission surveys including Environment of Care (EOC) manual review and facility assessment, pre-state plan reviews, pre-state construction inspections and hospital network facility assessments.
Development of marketing materials specifically related to our healthcare experience is also making progress. AG|CM Business Development Central Region Charli Valadez has much experience in the healthcare market and has led us to interviews with hospital directors through her contacts. Charli will also be making sure we stay in tune with healthcare association conferences and symposiums. We had an AG|CM booth at the recently held Austin Healthcare Symposium.
We have had opportunities to meet with various healthcare networks such as University Hospital (San Antonio), University of Texas Medical in Dallas to talk about planned projects, and explain the services that we can provide. We also have contacted the Corp of Engineers Medical Division in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Little Rock COE provides the Air Force with worldwide program and project management services similar to AG|CM. I will be meeting with the Little Rock Staff including Program managers, the director of the healthcare Division for the COE and all of their project managers when they visit San Antonio in October. Having worked with the COE healthcare division for several years, I am familiar with the staff and look forward to working with them. The healthcare division for the COE program manager is retired Colonel Allison Keck, with whom I worked with during my tenure at the Dallas/Fort Worth and Little Rock COE offices. Ms. Keck will also be visiting San Antonio during the aforementioned COE visit. This group provides all medical facility management, design and construction tasks for the Air Force.
As you can see there is continuing meaningful and deliberate action on both of these programs while we simultaneously pursue new opportunities in our core market sectors.
We are finalizing some very important upgrades in our business operating systems and have targeted a “go live date” of January 01, 2018. There will be more information forthcoming as we make our software selection and begin the implementation process. Still in development is an AG|CM Drug and Alcohol testing policy to address pre-employment and for reasonable cause during employment and the Paid Time Off policy. Please remember each of these have been part of the Employee Handbook from the very first publishing; however we have recognized a need to clarify a few items in each one therefore the creation of each policy. We will bring them to a future lunch and learn when ready.
- November 17, 2017 AG|CM Thanksgiving Feast at the Corpus Christi Office
- December 16, 2017 AG|CM Christmas Party – Corpus Christi Yacht Club
I appreciate each and everyone’s efforts as AG|CM continues to be the premier provider of construction consulting services.
Keep up the great work!
Scott D. Meares – CCM, LEED AP BD+C
It has been another exciting quarter for Central Texas, with several new and different opportunities presenting themselves, as well as several of our “larger” projects being completed and turned over. Congratulations to the team at Manor on moving into and turning over Lagos Elementary School, as well as New Tech Middle School. These projects are truly unique and innovative in their design and approach to learning, and something our team (Bob, Stephen and Austin) should be very proud of having had a big part in. Wayne Gordon completed our first ever “Central” Dallas venture with Parks at Cliff Creek Apartment complex in Duncanville. The client could not be happier, and is looking for future opportunities for us to assist locally. Falls City ISD had their new Football Stadium turned over, which was done well in advance of the first football game and has made the community very happy. Ryan continues managing multiple projects at the City of Converse. Mari, Nick and Austin continue their respective projects at Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD, while Sean is nearing completion of his multi-year program at Karnes City ISD.
This quarter has also seen the addition of new staff, as well as current staff taking on different roles. Charli Valadez has settled into leading our Business Development endeavors in Central Texas, while Dan Haupt has shifted his efforts into Healthcare, while still maintaining a presence with Kenedy ISD. I am glad to welcome Clancy Reilly and Michael Gottlieb, who have both joined our team and are serving as Construction Inspectors with the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. These folks exemplify what we have come to expect with our AG|CM Family, and I couldn’t be happier to have them on board.
We have also landed new contracts with Cedar Park for their new Fire Station, as well their Police Department Addition……a true testament to the excellent service that Stephen Karp has been providing to them on their current Emergency Admin Buildout.
This quarter, we have started a new HIP (Housing Improvement Program) with the City of San Antonio. We are working with a partner, BBG Consulting and Matt Villareal, inspecting houses on this program which is an extension of the current DPCD contract we have. Again, an opportunity where we got a foot in the door to show what we are capable of, and the Client just wants to keep giving us more once they saw the value we bring.
Lastly, we have been selected for our FIRST Emergency Services District project (ESD) with Wilson County, which has brought us on board to manage the design on their new Fire/EMS Station. As we are seeing more and more ESD’s popping up in rural areas around our major cities, this may prove to be a very productive market for AGCM, which certainly could use our expertise.
I cant say enough how much I appreciate the work ethic each of our folks put into doing their job. Our Clients remain highly satisfied, across the board, which is due to what each of you bring every day. Here is to another great Quarter, with many more in store! Thank you all.
Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on most of the South Texas Region. We were fortunate to not have the wind damage seen further south, but the estimated 55-65 inches of rain dumped in just five days destroyed homes and property throughout the area. Fortunately, no one from our East Texas team was hurt and the property losses were fairly minimal. As citizens of the Greater Houston area, we all have individually donated time, effort and money to the Harvey relief efforts and will continue to do so as long as it is needed. As AG|CM, we stand ready to help the region rebuild.
Although you may not know it by stepping outside, fall has officially begun. In addition, with it comes Bond Elections! There are several that the East Texas Region will be keeping its eye on including Lamar Consolidated ISD ($445.5M), Spring Branch ISD ($894M), Alvin Community College ($48.5M), and several others. Through strategic teaming partners and community involvement, we believe we are positioned well to have shot in several of these pursuits.
I am also proud to announce the new hire of John Nuche, John is helping usmanage the Fort Bend County Justice Center Expansion Project – Please see his Bio link https://www.agcm.cc/professional/john-nuche/
- TAMUS PM – Selected for pool of PMs
- San Jacinto CC PM contract extension (Kenny) – also includes scheduling (Ian)
- Multiple unsolicited contracts with New Hope Housing for renovation work at 5 locations (Alex/Spencer)
- Pearland IBC Inspections contact renewal (BBG)
Pending RFQ Submittals/SOQ
- T1. Brazoria County – CR 288 improvements – Contract pulled from agenda as Hurricane Harvey approached
The South Region’s personnel growth projections of 50% for the second quarter of 2017, and revised projections to the latter half of 2017, have been revised yet again and will occur much more gradually between 2018 and 2020 and are closer to 46%. Beginning the third quarter of 2017, AG|CM has been working with one client in particular to develop milestone schedules for its program(s). Development of these schedules brought clarity to staffing needs not previously understood in detail, helping us to project better our anticipated staffing needs. However, presently we are in search of a Program Manager for the South Region with intent to bring them aboard between now December 2017 and would appreciate referrals.
Recently, the South region secured two new PM contracts, Repairs to the El Constante Condominiums (damage resulting from Harvey) and a new Banking Branch for Kleberg Bank. Paul Jackowski is managing both. A school district located in the South Region contacted us through Central Texas VP Ryan Rosborough for assistance with a program they currently have underway, and we anticipate this will result in additional PM work for the South. Also worthy of mention, a client requested a proposal to amend an existing contract to manage an additional $130 million in design and construction over the next 4 years, to which we gladly responded and are eagerly awaiting approval! As stated previously, our volume continues to increase in the South, but instead of leveling off in the second half of 2017, we may continue to see requests for services given Harvey and the damage it brought to the coastal bend region. We are poised and ready!
The department continues to build new relationships throughout the regions resulting in opportunities on a weekly basis and at times even on a daily basis. As a result, below are a few major contracts and/or unique projects that have materialized over the last quarter. Most importantly, the task order driven contracts offer us the greatest opportunity to develop long lasting relationships with now new clients. Additionally, we’ve teamed-up on various federal pursuits that will allow us to gain even more federal experience as a team. In short, the continued dedication and momentum from everyone is greatly appreciated as we complete the year. Keep up the good work!
Recent Projects & Awarded Contracts
- Bexar Cnty Raymond Russell Restroom Improvements – Teamed with Workshop
- City of San Marcos Public Cmplx Sitework – Teamed with PGAL
- Dobbins Air Reserve Base Facility 729 Renovation – Teamed with POND
- H.S. Truman Courtyard Infill Study – Teamed with AECOM
- Fort Worth ISD On-Call Estimating RFQ – 5 Year Initial Term
- AFCEC Fuels Advance Planning Design Charrettes
- Teamed with POND
- Future Trips to Japan & S. Korea Air Bases, 4 Total
- Sul Ross State University A/E IDIQ
- Teamed with RVK Architects
- 2 Year Initial Term with Option to Extend 1 Additional Year
Pending Projects / Contracts
- Lamar CISD Elem #27, Roberts MS & Fulshear HS Shell Buildout
- Hardberger Park Land Bridge – Teamed with Rialto Studios
- TDCJ Powledge Unit Roof Repair – Teamed with Chesney Morales
- SARA Westside Creek Trails – Teamed with Pape-Dawson
- Fort Bliss Blood Donor Clinic – Teamed with PAGE
The third edition of AG|CM’s Employee Spotlight features Harvey Anzaldua – Construction Manager. Hear the story of how Harvey came to AG|CM along with one of his favorite moments.
AG|CM in the News
GALVESTON BEACH CLEAN-UP
General Land Office Galveston Beach Clean-up on September 23, 2017. AG|CM teamed with IDS Engineering and conducted a beach clean-up effort.
As all are aware, several communities in the South Region sustained significant damage from Hurricane Harvey. A few of our staff in the South were significantly affected. In response, several of our folks volunteered their time and resources to help those affected. I am proud and humbled at the same time with the outpouring of generosity and willingness to help from AG|CM’s folks, and from the dedication of those affected to our clients and projects because, despite their loss, they never left their projects unattended. Thank you all, proud to work with all of you and wishing those affected speedy recovery.
ASPE CONVENTION, DENVER
Our senior estimator, Heather Mendez, at the recent ASPE convention in Denver, CO. Most likely, she was in heavy discussion about estimating techniques or raising goats on her ranchette in Dripping Springs. Fun times and looking forward to more attending next year in Pittsburgh!
Project Spotlight | CENTRAL
CLEMENS HIGH SCHOOL RENOVATION/ADDITION – SCUC ISD
Architect – Marmon Mok
General Contractor – Bartlett Cocke
Construction Manager(s) – Nick Tuttle, CCM/Austin Anderson, CMIT
Construction Cost – $55,769,000
Scheduled Completion – Feb 2020
Procurement Method – Competitive Sealed Proposal (CSP)
As part of the approved 2016 Bond Program, Samuel Clemens High School is to receive multiple additions and renovations across the campus. This three year, multi-phased, project is designed to meet current educational / industry standards and to increase capacity to over 3,000 students. The construction will result in 162,283 square feet of new facilities and 33,904 square feet of renovated space.
The primary scope of work included in this project:
- New Event Center (connected to Beard Gym) will house a 994-seat auditorium, 300-seat auxiliary gym, choir and dance areas, new locker rooms and support spaces.
- New Career & Technology (CTE) Building (near Baseball Field) to house welding, woodshop, floral design, small animal management, STEM Lab, and 3 general classrooms.
- New Front Addition (facing Elbel Rd.) will include 19 new classrooms, administration, and support spaces.
- The existing Auxiliary Gym will be increased structurally to support a second floor within the existing space. Once structurally enhanced the space will include a new culinary arts studio, lifetime nutrition classroom, three health occupation classrooms and lab, and a computer lab.
- The existing auditorium will be removed to enlarge the current courtyard space.
- JROTC will be renovated to include expanded restrooms / locker rooms in addition to support spaces such as staff multi-purpose room and offices.
- Additional renovated spaces throughout the building will include; art rooms, science labs, computer labs, teacher workspace, nurse’s clinic and remote administrative suites.
- Improvements to student walking patterns throughout the school will include a new enclosed west stair near the science and JROTC hallways, bridge between the new event center and B-wing, and new bridge west of D-wing and new health occupation floor (renovated auxiliary gym).
- Parking space, is currently designed to increase from 788 to 1008.
Project Spotlight | SOUTH
CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI
The City of Corpus Christi is undergoing a vast amount of road, utility and facility maintenance, rehabilitation, replacement and upgrades as part of Bonds 2008, 2012 and 2014. There isn’t a part of town free of traffic controls and construction. AG|CM has been serving the City in augmented staff capacity for a couple of years now on this effort, at one time having as many as 9 personnel assigned. Currently, Marcus, Gene, Manuel, George, Bobby, Robert and Russell are assigned to the program covering over 14 ongoing major road replacement and facility projects and numerous utility and road maintenance projects spread all over the Corpus Christi area from Padre Island to Calallen and everywhere in between. The team has already completed several projects. The projects have been and continue to be very challenging for many reasons including logistics, communication protocols, documentation, scheduling, insufficient staffing, technology difficulties limited availability of qualified contractors, long and irregular working hours, Local Government Participating Projects subject to TXDOT requirements, frequent turnover and the requirement for our folks to act as a liaison for the City with property owners and citizens. Despite the challenges, our team continues to work successfully with the client, pushing projects to completion. All but one assigned are under contract through December 2017. We are uncertain as to whether the client wants them to continue serving beyond 2017, and while our first choice is to make our staff available to continue with the client, we must continue to seek Civil opportunities elsewhere so in the event they elect not to continue with our folks, we have other projects to move them onto.
Project Spotlight | EAST
SAN JACINTO COMMUNITY COLLEGE 2015 BOND PROGRAM, NORTH CAMPUS – HOUSTON, TX
In 2015, San Jacinto Community College (SJCC) approved a $425M bond program to build, renovate, and repurpose campus facilities, many of which are 30+ years old. AG|CM is responsible for all projects on the SJCC North Campus. New construction projects include the demolition of the existing Lehr Library to make room for the new 55,000 SF Cosmetology / Culinary Center, which will provide the latest in updated classrooms and state-of-the-art labs to enhance workforce training for those entering the cosmetology and culinary fields. Additional projects include the renovation of Wheeler Building (70,968 SF), Brightwell Building (42,822SF), and Spencer Building (52,000 SF) to provide updated classroom/instructional space for existing and new programs, and various site/infrastructure projects throughout the campus to increase security, access, and systems efficiency.
AG|CM, as a subconsultant to AECOM, is providing Program Management for the 2015 Bond Program on all North Campus projects. Responsibilities include coordination between the Owner and Programmers, Architects, Engineers, 3rd Party consultants & the Contractors. We are conducting progress meetings and preconstruction meetings, time management, cost management, processing payment requests, processing change orders, quality management, acceptance and performance testing, final inspection, maintenance of record drawings, document control.
Program Budget: $79.8 Million
Anticipated Program Completion: 2021
Program Manager: Kenny Eldridge
Project Spotlight | PRECONSTRUCTION
CITY OF SAN ANTONIO CITY HALL ACCESSIBILITY COMPETITION
“CITY HALL FOR ALL”
We recently had an opportunity to assist Beaty Palmer Architects in estimating their winning design to enhance the accessibility at San Antonio’s 128 year old city hall main entrance. The competition collected over 20 designs with a panel of four judges picking the winner using an anonymous process. A special thanks to Ryan & Charli for the connection. Another exciting & unique project for San Antonio as it prepares to celebrate its 300th anniversary in 2018!
Statistics on the AG|CM On-Line University through Red Vector
- December 1, 2017 will mark our one year anniversary with the AG|CM On-Line University
- 213 courses have been completed since the on-line university “opened”
- Students are currently enrolled in 148 courses that are pending completion
- On an average, the courses have received a 3.9 rating on a scale of 1 to 5
- Take advantage of the on-line courses offered through Red Vector
- If you would like to have courses added, let Human Resources know
- If you are interested in a certification, but do not find a study plan, let Human Resources know
- If you feel that a course is either exceptional, or lacking in content, include comments in the course survey as this will help improve the quality of future courses
- If you have any questions, please contact Rosalinda in Human Resources
Martin Schmitt, CCM
Vice President East Texas Region
Austin Anderson, CMIT
Assistant Construction Manager
Lawrence Gaertner, CMIT
Assistant Construction Manager
Robert J. Hausler
Construction Manager / Superintendent/p>
Ian Davis, CSS
Program / Project Manager
Upcoming AG|CM Events
October 6 – 8
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SCUC ISD CASINO NIGHT
CMAA HOUSTON CHAPTER SKEET SHOOT