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In time for school

image Dr. Linda G. Mora Elementary

SAN ANTONIO - Since 1989, David Bandy’s insistence on quality service, hard work and responsiveness to client needs remains the company’s credo and has led to Bandy Constructors’ success in a competitive industry. Bandy has grown to be one of the most respected general contractors in Central Texas, with a continually expanding roster of successful projects and loyal clients.


    Bandy created the company with a belief in old school values of integrity, openness, and responsibility, and with a desire to create a business built on lasting relationships with clients, architects, employees, subcontractors, and local communities. Regardless of the situation, they have preserved what has always been important to their company. To them, these are not values that change from situation to situation or person to person, but rather they are the foundation of their company culture.
    Specializing in all types of commercial general construction and construction management in both the public and private arenas, the Dr. Linda G. Mora Elementary School was a good fit for Bandy.
    The new construction project was approximately 101,000sf with a footprint of 81,000sf. The ground-up project included new infrastructure, utilities, site work, playscapes and a complete landscape and irrigation package.  Mora Elementary School also included a complete commercial kitchen, elevator and specialty gymnasium equipment. Bandy’s workforce performed 15 percent of the work on this project.
    With work beginning in March 2017, the project was completed in August 2018 in time for the 2018-2019 school year at a cost of $22.465 million.
    The structure was comprised of a pier supported slab-on-grade; elevated concrete structure for the gym and cafeteria; pan slab construction for the two-story academic wing; and beams and joist structural steel package for the roof framing systems. The project also included a four-line hydronic mechanical system, an electrical package including energy management and plumbing and technology packages. The building finishes included paint, architectural casework, wood trim, tackable wall surfaces, platform curtains, VCT and ceramic tile.
    After commencing site and excavation operations, it was determined that, for a portion of the building, the required bearing stratum was not at as originally indicated by preliminary site borings. To achieve allowable soil loads, approximately 8,400cy of additional excavation was required along with approximately 5,500cy of additional imported select fill. Working with NISD and their design team, the Bandy team was able to reuse almost 5,800cy of the existing soils in non-structural fill areas of the site, thereby reducing the amount of imported fill and saving the district taxpayers almost $135,000. This additional work added approximately two weeks to the overall construction schedule.
    The Bandy team also experienced a delay in getting water service to the site when it was discovered that the existing CPS main was dry. This delay in obtaining the required fire protection water held up the necessary vertical construction aspects of the project for one month.
     With significant support from their construction team partners, they were able to overcome these scheduling obstacles and complete the project for the start of school.
    This particular school was the third one built using a prototype design by Noonan Rittimann Architects, LLC. The previous two had been delivered in 2013 and 2015 utilizing the CMAR delivery method. For the Dr. Linda G. Mora elementary, NISD decided to utilize a competitive sealed proposal process. Of the three, this was the only prototype design delivered utilizing this delivery method. This was also a CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools) project and Bandy completed all necessary documentation and management practices to ensure the CHPS program was successful.
    Project Executive Robert Harrell, Project Manager Scott Hilston, Project Superintendents Rodney Harrell and Anthony Zuniga along with Project Architect John Rittimann, Noonan Rittimann Architects LLC, maintained a great working relationship with the NISD board, administration, and the Facilities and Operations Department.
    “Principal Jill Holmes and her entire team played a significant role in making the transition from construction to a functioning academic building a smooth and seamless process. This was our first opportunity to work with Noonan Rittimann Architects, and we could not have found a better partner in John Rittimann. The quality of the design prepared by John and his consultants, along with their high standards and willingness to work as part of the team, was a crucial component in the overall success. We are better for the experience in having worked with John and his team,” says Harrell.
    Bandy Constructors is a full-service general contractor in San Antonio and Central Texas. -cmw

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