Apr 8, 2013 10:35 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - School officials have already pushed back the completion date of the new Carroll High School to August, 2015 to allow minor changes in the design. The concept was intended to save CCISD money in the long run. So what caused this sudden spike?
"Eagle Ford Shale!" said Susie Luna Saldana.
People suspect Eagle Ford Shale salaries have caused construction companies to raise their salaries to compete for workers.
Saldana said, "it drives the price of the construction labor up and it drives the price of the construction material up which, in turn, has a trickle down affect and it affects the new school being built."
As a result, architects started making some cuts in the plans. In March, the design team told the school board the project would actually cost them about $117.3 million. After making some cuts the project manager said they were able to bring the price down to about $109 million, a total reduction of about $8.2 million in building expenses and professional costs.
The board voted to pass through the new cost of the high school on the condition that architects would still work to lower that cost more without sacrificing the quality of the school. Board members will keep a close eye on any proposed cuts to the project. They have given the architect a month to come up with a comprehensive list of items will be dropped from the new high school.