Chaparral High School is a 432,000-square-foot facility that can accommodate over 3,000 students. The campus is Killeen ISD’s sixth high school and the first traditional, comprehensive high school built for the district in 22 years.
The two-story Chaparral High School is organized around a central commons and media center area, which provides a variety of spaces – like the striking learning stairs – for students to engage in project-based learning and personal exploration within their studies. On either side of the main entry, the school incorporates 2-story classroom wings, while two extra curricular wings sit to the back of the site. The project also included construction of the 4,500-seat Joseph L. Searles III Stadium, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, and an athletic training facility.
Design Aspects – American Constructors led the installation of large glulam beams in the central commons and entry area. These single-piece wood beams – which exceed 100 feet in length and weigh 25,000 pounds – created a clean and architecturally-pleasing appearance, despite the exposed structure approach of the spaces. The beams also protrude from the interior to the exterior of the building, creating large overhangs that cantilever and support the roof soffit area.
Scheduling – Roughly one year into construction of the project, the football stadium and athletics facility’s scope was expanded by $10 million. The project area was put on hold for a period of time while the new design was developed, rebid, and bought out. American Constructors maintained an aggressive schedule and closely managed the sequencing of subcontractors to ensure the training facility and field were ready for summer workouts and football season – ahead of the original schedule – despite time lost during the redesign.
Value Engineering – During the design and bidding stage of pre-construction, American Constructors developed several value engineering solutions, saving the owner money and maintaining or improving the quality of the new facility. Overall, American Constructors presented Killeen ISD with roughly $3.87 million of cost savings, which they accepted, during contract buyout to get the project into budget.
For the outstanding work on this project, American Constructors received the ABC Central Texas Excellence in Construction (EIC) Eagle Award. The EIC strives to honor those who exemplify the highest quality of workmanship in their projects, while upholding a dedication to building projects on time and on budget.
“American Constructors’ leadership and approach to collaboration and proactive communication has been critical to the success of our projects, and that success has instilled confidence in the district from the community’s perspective.”Adam Rich,Executive Director for Facilities Services, Killeen ISD
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