In a show of support for local businesses – and reaffirming a commitment to help create new jobs to boost the local economy – the YISD Board of Trustees approved a list of eight El Paso-area architectural firms Wednesday night to provide professional services for the first phase of bond projects.
Those firms include ARTchitecture, ASA Architects, Carl Daniel Architects, GA Architecture, Mijares Mora Architects Inc., MNK Architects/DLR Group, PSRBB Commercial Group, and In*Situ/WRA Architects – all of which have El Paso offices, and some of which date back more than 60 years.
The firms have all previously performed work for YISD and several other area school districts, as well as El Paso Community College, UTEP, and the City of El Paso.
“Not only are the lead architects for the first 11 bond projects from local firms, but their pool of local consultants includes businesses such as HKN Engineering, Fluid Systems, Desert Elements Landscape Design, Borunda & Associates, and others,” YISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Xavier De La Torre said.
“Each of these reputable firms will make up very strong teams for each one of our Phase I projects,” De La Torre added.
In November, YISD voters approved a $430.5 million bond referendum to repair, renew, and renovate many of the 100-year-old district’s campuses. Throughout the bond campaign, De La Torre stressed the commitment of hiring local firms to work on bond projects whenever possible.
The largest bond projects that YISD is expected to undertake in Phase 1 over the next two years include:
Installation of artificial turf at stadium fields of all seven comprehensive high schools;
Construction of three new schools, including Bel Air Middle, Thomas Manor Elementary, and Del Valle Middle/Mission Valley Elementary;
Renovation of Parkland Middle School;
Design work for the renovation of Eastwood High School; and
Cafeteria, gymnasium, and fine arts additions and/or renovations at various schools, as well as structural repairs to Constance Hulbert Elementary and Riverside Middle.