NORTH FORNEY HIGH SCHOOL
Delivering the design and construction of Forney's second high school - North Forney High School - illustrates exceptional collaboration between owner, architect and construction manager under intense time pressure. Even though most projects are not fast-tracked as this one was, the entire team worked well together under extenuating circumstances.
Forney ISD's 2004 - 2005 enrollment was 4,432 and growing rapidly. In fact it grew by 18% the next year to 5,239 for the 2005-2006 year. Demographics indicated a second high school would be needed by August 2009.
District enrollment grew by another 17% the next year to 6,138 for the 2006-2007 year, and after a full year's delay in getting a bond passed, the referendum for the second high school was approved by the voters in May 2007. By this time it required an accelerated schedule to design and build a 350,000 square foot high school by August 2009.
Fortunately, the design team was able to hit the ground running for several reasons. The site was already owned by the District, and WRA Architects and Gallagher Construction had been involved in the bond planning. WRA worked very closely with Forney ISD and Gallagher to make the August 2009 deadline.
The design phase was reduced from 12 months to 8 months, and the construction schedule was reduced from 24 months to 16 months. WRA divided the architectural effort and released an early structural steel package and then a site grading package; we then completed the balance of the CDs to be ready to start the building immediately upon the steel arrival.
It should be noted that the success of this complicate coordinated is largely because the team - Forney ISD, WRA Architects and Gallagher Construction - have been working together for a decade on numerous projects.