Tennis court reconstruction at Tuloso-Midway High School was delayed three weeks last month due to infrastructure testing conducted by engineers under the advisement of attorneys for the Tuloso-Midway Independent School District.

The TMISD is currently involved in a lawsuit against Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. and Ewing Construction over the quality of the tennis courts, which were constructed in 2009.

Attorneys for the TMISD allege failures in the underlying concrete at the tennis courts led to serious cracking and flaking issues, making the tennis courts unusable for the school district.

As the litigation drags on, the district is moving forward with court renovations through D. Wilson Construction, at a cost of about $2.1 million.

TMISD projects advisor Ricardo Rodriguez said during an Aug. 22 school board meeting, the contractor had to use caution in demolishing the top surface of the tennis courts in order not to disturb the beams underneath.

The district believes the existing structure could be used as long as it wasnít compromised in the demolition process.

TMISD attorneys had engineers conduct several underground tests, including the use of radar penetration, to make sure the piers were properly constructed. They checked for defects or fractures during the three-week process, but all reports yielded positive results for reuse, Rodriguez said.

Wilson Construction was given the green light to proceed with reconstruction, which began on Aug. 22.

Originally, the project was set be completed in October, but due to testing, that date has been pushed back to some time in November. Rodriguez said the testing process did provide a substantial amount of information that could prove beneficial to the districtís lawsuit.

The TMHS track is also undergoing a reconstruction process, as Wilson Construction has stripped the track down to its asphalt base.

Testing on the base showed that in its current condition, the contractor would be unable to provide a five-year warranty, as the district had required.

Rodriguez said following a round of negotiations, the district was prepared to move forward with using $40,000 in contingency funds that were already included in the overall $765,000 price tag to pulverize the asphalt and mix it with concrete to strengthen the base.

Following that process, the contractor would then be satisfied in supplying a five-year warranty to the district on the track itself, Rodriguez said.

Completion of the track is still expected by the third week of September, in time for homecoming on Sept. 23, TMISD Interim Superintendent Sue Nelson said.

Rodriguez informed the school board that the completion date for the bus loop at Tuloso-Midway Primary School will be delayed until November after deficiencies were found in the concrete slabs installed by Garrett Construction on the project.

The loop was meant to help alleviate traffic congestion in front of the primary school by allowing buses to drop off and pick up students on the south side of campus, away from parent traffic.

Recently, parents have had to resort to parking in an adjacent lot across the street from the primary school, in order to drop off their children at school. The lot across from the front of campus is not owned by the school district.

The bus loop project cost about $670,000.