Trustees for the Calallen Independent School District received an updated proposal for a multi-purpose facility that is part of the district's $43 million bond projects.
School board members were given a brief presentation by Tom Ferrell, of Ferrell/Brown & Associates Inc., about the proposed facility during a special meeting on Monday. This was a result of a previous presentation last month when trustees learned that the cost for the facility would be nearly double the $2.3 million the district had budgeted for the project.
The $4.5 million price tag was attributed to the fact that preliminary designs called for an air-conditioned facility that was high enough to throw passes and baseballs, an eight-lane pool with a cool-down area and a pavilion-type cover.
On Monday, Ferrell returned with a slimmed-down version of the facility, with air conditioning to be available in the pool area, multi-purpose room and bathrooms. The practice portion of the facility could potentially be used for indoor baseball and football practice, according to the proposal presented to the board.
The roof was also lowered from 30 feet to 20 feet at its lowest point, Ferrell said. At its highest, it will reach 27 feet, but the facility will not be suitable for kicking footballs or high passes, he added.
The perimeter structure of the facility would be on piers and the bottom would be covered with a fence-like material, Ferrell said. The pool portion of the facility may incorporate overhead garage doors in order to make use of the outside ventilation.
The new cost estimate for the facility is now $3.3 million, still $1 million what the district has budgeted for the project. However, Ferrell has said it would be nearly impossible to reduce the original $4.5 million proposal to the budgeted amount without significantly altering the scope and use of the facility.
District staff has looked at facilities in San Antonio, Rosenberg and Corpus Christi, Ferrell said, and helped to comprise plans for a facility big enough to allow for a swimming pool and practice fields football, baseball and band.
Trustees did not take action on the item, opting instead to table it in favor of a workshop on Monday during the board's regularly scheduled meeting in order to allow the public an opportunity to voice their concerns about the project before making a decision.
Trustee Paul Peeler, however, said he would not be able to attend the meeting on Monday, and expressed his support for the latest proposal for the facility.
Trustees will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Calallen Independent School District Administration Building, located at 4205 Wildcat Drive.