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VLK Breaks Ground with PBT-ISD on Maintenance Facility

Photo courtesy of VLK Architects
Photo courtesy of VLK Architects
PECOS, TX — VLK Architects recently joined Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD (PBT-ISD) to break ground and begin construction for the new Maintenance | Child Nutrition | Technology | DAEP Campus Facility. Funded by the district's 2021 $178.6-million bond, this project's construction was the first priority on the list of bond projects in order to clear sites for the upcoming elementary school projects. This is the largest bond PBT-ISD has ever passed.

Additional bond projects will consist of a new Pre-K to 1st grade Early Childhood Campus, a 2nd to 5th grade elementary campus, Pecos High School Phase 1 (CTE and Science Wing), and renovations to the existing Austin Elementary into a District Day Care/Adult Learning Center.

"There have been several key 'steps' to get to this point," said Brent Jaco, Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD Superintendent. "The development of this facility has been in the works for almost a year. Breaking ground on this facility is truly an exciting step in fulfilling the plans outlined in the 2021 bond. We couldn't be more excited to begin work and get our support staff this much-needed state-of-the-art facility!"

The new facility will feature over 10,000 square feet of maintenance and custodian storage/warehouse space, offices, a dedicated carpentry shop, and a grounds equipment repair shop. The new location will prioritize child nutrition by containing a district food service warehouse area that includes a walk-in cooler and freezers, offices, and a test kitchen. The district’s server will be located in this building in addition to technology offices, prep rooms, and storage areas.

Other notable details include DAEP classrooms for elementary, junior high, and high school students; DAEP play areas such as an elementary playground and a paved play area for JH and HS; and other support spaces such as a multi-purpose training room, break rooms, and conference rooms. Separate drives will be provided for different departments, as well as a dedicated delivery drive with a secure shipping and receiving area at the warehouse spaces.

"VLK is excited to partner with PBT-ISD and BTC to kick off their 2021 Bond Program with this new facility. We understand what this bond program means to the district and their community. We are fortunate to be involved from the start and look forward to working with them on the future projects," said Monika Castillo, AIA, Principal of VLK Architects.

BTC is the main contractor on this project, and other consultants include Dunaway Associates, Ponce-Fuess Engineering, DBR, Inc., and Foodservice Design Professionals. The cost of this project will be $13,157,140, and the estimated completion date for this maintenance facility is summer 2022.

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