Administration Building Conversion of Walnut Springs Elementary
Budget: $4,120,000Completed Work:
- Programming and Early Cost Estimating
- CMAR Board Approval
- Schematic Design
- CMAR Early Cost Estimating
The final major project from the 2018 bond program is the relocation of the DSISD administration offices and daycare facility into the current Walnut Springs Elementary building, once that school relocates to its new campus adjacent to Dripping Springs Middle School. In late 2020, the architectural firm Corgan started the "programming" phase of the project, which consists of studying the functions and needs of the departments that will inhabit the Administration Building. In addition to the current departments that are housed at Central Office, the Child Development Center will have opportunities to significantly expand the number of classrooms that are available for children of DSISD employees. In addition, the Facilities and Construction Department housed in portable buildings at DSHS can be relocated in the repurposed building as well.
On Jan. 25, 2021, DSISD Board of Trustees approved Weaver & Jacobs as the Construction Managers at Risk for the administration building conversion of Walnut Springs Elementary. At the Jan. 25 meeting, the architecture firm Corgan presented a review of the programming process and explained that various options related to scope will affect the project's overall cost. Construction will begin in the fall of 2021 with expected completion in May of 2022.
Why was a decision made to move the district’s central office/Child Care Center to the WSE building? The current DSISD Administration Building was built in 1948 and is well beyond its useful life. Multiple facility assessments spanning more than a decade have identified significant issues with internal and external building components, including roofing, walls, windows, HVAC, electrical and plumbing. This option of converting a former school rather than constructing a brand new administration building was chosen to prioritize instructional facilities, as this approach has a lower cost than new construction. In addition to office space, this repurposed building will serve as a district and community hub. The child care center will double in size to accommodate additional children of staff and DSISD will have appropriate space for professional learning and staff training activities, community education programs, and expansion of support services. For more on the benefits that this facility will provide to the district’s staff and students, see this fact sheet.