Ad Spot

CASSANDRA JENKINS — Demolition proposal for the West Groves education center approved

The Port Neches-Groves Independent School District is moving forward with the 2019 Bond Project. First on the list is the demolition of the West Groves Education Learning Center.

The school board approved the demolition proposal at Monday night’s monthly meeting.

SETEX Construction in Beaumont received the award bid for $169,850.

Maintenance Director Jeff Bergeron said the job is focused on safety and scheduling.

“We just had a residential demolition, but this of course is a commercial demolition,” he said. “We put a lot of emphasis on safety and scheduling, which plays a big role, not just pricing. Although the folks we did pick were the lowest prices.”

Bergeron said when looking at a demolition company for a commercial building, safety is a big factor in the decision process.

“You don’t want anyone getting hurt on the job,” he said. “So the group that we picked had a superior safety schedule. Their milestones are really good on their scheduling and shows exactly when they are going to reach them. So we felt like for this particular job they were the best option, and they are a local group.”

Superintendent Mike Gonzales said project manager CBRE Heery developed a rubric to grade construction companies on factors important to the district.

“Price is important, but it’s also important to get an organization that knows exactly what they are doing,” he said. “Safety is key in everything that we do. The last thing we want is for something to go wrong in the demolition.”

The West Groves Education Learning Center is set for demolition by the end of the year. An exact date has not been set at this point.

Assistant Superintendent Julie Gauthier said the rest of the bond project is still on schedule.

“We’ve been able to keep all of our timelines with the project,” she said. “Our project manager, CBRE Heery, and our architect, VLK, have been incredible on keeping things on target. They’ve done virtual meetings, emailed, called, anything we need to keep on schedule.”

The Port Neches-Groves ISD Bond 2019 timeline included completion of the planning and designing of campuses serving grades third through fifth.

Construction of those campuses and the planning and designing of prekindergarten through second grade campuses are scheduled for the 2020-21 school year, alongside the demolition of the learning center.

Cassandra Jenkins is a news reporter for Port Arthur Newsmedia. She can be reached at cassie.jenkins@panews.com.

Local

PA Emergency Management Office encourages residents to keep home safe from potential flooding

BREAKING NEWS

4 p.m. Saturday update: Beta is stationary, slow west drift expected

Groves

Groves auto burglaries lead to stolen gun, wallet & medication

Local

Library welcomes limited patrons, hours as Nederland launches phased reopening

Local

Replacement or Demolition? City Council discusses fate of Tugboat Island

Beaumont

Ford Park could again be up for bids, now with proper $43.2M property valuation

Local

Locals share stories of newest SNL funnyman & PNG alum Andrew Dismukes

Local

Port Neches amends budget for Hurricane Laura, other expenses

Groves

Groves sets tax rate, approves slight water & sewer rate hike

Local

PHOTO: Port Arthur Newsmedia member joins Nederland Rotary

Columns

STEPHEN HEMELT — Nederland’s elected leaders go against staff recommendation, open some facilities

Local

Tropical storm warning for Jefferson County, weather officials talk local impact

Local

PAISD student tests for COVID-19, quarantine procedure put in place

Local

Tropical Storm Beta now threatens Port Arthur, Texas coast

High School Sports

QB Rene Cunningham, Nederland teammates adjust to new roles in scrimmage win over Memorial

Beaumont

Sheriff’s Office, DEA raid area vape shop where customers reported “extreme intoxication”

Local

Medical Center of Southeast Texas easing visitor & elective procedure guidelines

Local

Public hearing set for proposed U.S. 69 & Highway 73 interchange improvement in Port Arthur

Local

Indictment: Victim slaps gun from face before it fires

Local

Jefferson County grand jury delivers indictments for meth, cocaine & more

News Main

Bruins turn back Indians in scrimmage, 28-10

High School Sports

Cunningham throws two TDs, leads Bulldogs to scrimmage win over Titans

Local

Weather officials explain why nearest tropical system could cause weeklong impact

Local

Tropical Storm expected Friday, some Port Arthur impact comes into forecast