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A fast-track success

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SAN ANTONIO - The Compass Rose Academy is a new open enrollment, tuition-free, 6-12 grade public charter school in San Antonio located in the Brooks community on Outer Circle Road. The academy opened its doors for the fall school year, August 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

    What was to be a 90-day renovation project became a 30-day fast-track project.  Robinson General Contractors (RGC) began the renovation on July 1, 2017 and was successfully completed on July 31, 2017.
    “We met the deadline and customer’s expectations,” says Vice President Kurt D. Robinson, Robinson General Contractors.  He is a seasoned engineering and project manager with 15 years of experience in the commercial construction industry on behalf of both military and civilian contracts.
    In 2010 when Kurt Robinson founded RGC alongside Yvette Garcia-Robinson, his wife and president of the company, the pair sought to bring quality and care back to the commercial remodeling business.  Yvette has expanded RGC beyond San Antonio completing several ground-up projects in commercial and federal markets.
    She has gained six certifications with SCTRCA (WBE, DBE, MBE, ESBE, HABE, SBE) as well as certification with the State of Texas as a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) and has also obtained SBA 8(a) certification.
    This project consisted of a renovation on a fast-track time line, converting an existing building into a useable school in 30 days which required all new floors, paint, walls, electrical, lights, safety and accessibility upgrades, plus metal stud framing, drywall, VCT, carpeting, solid wood doors in HM frames, new lighting packaging and controls.
    “All projects are unique in their own way, no two jobs alike,” says Kurt.  “This one, like any other, had its challenges.  Condensing a three-month job into a single month – converting a loading dock into a cafeteria and infilling dock levelers – every challenge was met with professionalism and determination.  We found a solution way before it became a problem in the schedule.
    “Everyone at Brooks and PBK Architects were wonderful to work with.  The lines of communication were always open to help achieve such a large project in such a small amount of time.  We all worked together as a team to pull this project in on time for this customer.”
    He added that construction is not as easy as it looks.  With the help of the management team at Brooks and RGC, along with the considerable expertise of all of our subcontractors involved made this project happen.
    Kurt continues, “Without the cooperation from everyone involved, we could not have done it.  We would like to send a special ‘Thank you’ to all of our subcontractors on this project:  CRI Electric, Leon Guerrero Concrete, TexDoor, Allegiance Floors, Painting by Martin, Allied Fire Protection and Consolidated Service Company.”
    Key personnel includes Project Manager Kurt Robinson (RGC), Project Manager Dave Reynolds (Brooks), Kent Brittain, AIA (PBK Architects), Assistant Project Manager Steve Collier (Foster Group), and Paul Morrissey, founder of Compass Rose Academy.  –rd
    Compass is now home to more than 150 sixth and seventh graders with plans to expand to grades 6-12 by 2023.  -rd


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