This article originally appeared in the February 18, 2022 issue of Progress Times.
The Mission CISD Board and Trustees have met for school board meetings nearly every week of 2022 to discuss progress at the Tom Landry Hall of Fame Stadium. Each week, representatives from Rick Hinojosa Engineering and G&G Construction submitted the change orders needed to get the derailed project back on track after months of delays. At school board meetings on February 2 and 9, administrators approved long-awaited changes that will help move the project forward.
The most significant change to the contract is that stadium repairs are now split into two projects – the home side and the away side, with the home side being the priority. G&G Construction, also known as RG Enterprises LLC, will submit a new schedule of values, credits and a new schedule to continue and complete the local side as planned.
The visitor side will now be considered a new project. Mission CISD will need to follow protocol for the visitor-side project, which means putting it out to tender and then approving a separate new contract. Construction on the visitors’ side will cease entirely by then.
District leaders decided to split the stadium repairs into two projects in hopes of being able to use the facilities sooner. The idea is to hold matches and events in the stadium and only use the local side for seating.
However, there was also the issue of exceeding the 25% threshold. Legally, MCISD can only approve change orders up to 25% of the contract, but as G&G continued to uncover issues during the repair process, the scope of work kept changing and the cost kept increasing. The district was not yet at risk of exceeding the threshold prior to the contract adjustment, but removing the visitor side of the scope of work helps prevent this from happening.
Some of the issues G&G has reported so far are a lack of pier reinforcement, misplaced concrete flats, and electrical conduits that need to be repaired or abandoned. The contractors discovered these issues during previous renovations in 2017, which Holchemont LTD completed.
In May 2021, the board approved a $1,024,850 contract with G&G to repair both sets of bleachers. But since the parties agreed to remove construction from the visitor side of the contract, the district would receive a credit of $166,235.09. However, the cost to repair the unforeseen conditions on the home side is $155,975.50, bringing the new contract to $1,014,590.41, approximately $11,000 less than the original contract.
The board unanimously approved all changes at both meetings. But ahead of the Feb. 9 vote, Administrator Iris Iglesias asked Deputy Superintendent of Operations Rick Rivera what he thought of the change orders submitted by the contractor and engineer. “We are counting on you,” she told him.
“We all know we need to fix this stadium. We have been through this, and the work has stopped since last year. Personally, I think the most important thing is that this stadium is ready for our students and our community,” Rivera said. “And they worked hard, we all did, and it’s the best they can come up with. I think we need to focus on getting the stadium ready for August for our students and our community. .