School Business Affairs January 2019 SCHOOL BUSINESS AFFAIRS | JANUARY 2019 35 LEGAL AND LEGISLATIVE ISSUES The new campus represented a new partnership concept between the TSTC system and the school district. Students enrolled in the high school can walk over and attend high-tech, advanced workforce classes at TSTC and receive dual credit as early as their freshman year. While they’re earning the necessary credits to complete high school, they’re also fulfilling hours that can be applied to an associate’s degree in technical education. Normally, construction would take more than a year, but the 104,000-square-foot Industrial Tech- nology Center was completed in nine months due to strategic scheduling and working closely with Red Oak ISD officials. At TSTC’s Fort Bend County cam- pus in Rosenberg, the community also came together to see that cam- pus come to fruition. A community effort of both public and private donations helped purchase 80 acres and secure the $25 million needed for the first phase of construction. “The community decided to bring TSTC to Fort Bend County in a big way,” says Randy Wooten, pro- vost at TSTC’s Fort Bend County campus, who says the school’s pres- ence has benefited students and the local workforce. “One businessman toured our school and saw the qual- ity of education we’re providing. He wants to hire the entire class once they’ve completed the program.” Wooten adds that most TSTC stu- dents have a job secured before they graduate. Saving Money and Time After the financial support for TSTC’s Fort Bend County campus was secure, the next challenge was getting it built in time for the 2016 fall semester. The delivery method that TSTC chose for the project helped expedite the process: construction manage- ment at risk (CMAR). CMAR involves a commitment by the con- struction manager to deliver the project within a defined schedule and price. This method allowed the contractor to engage early in the project, which helped eliminate unneeded processes, cut costs, and reach a budget collaboratively. The construction company helped them reach a budget collaboratively, in part by suggesting an insulated metal paneling system that elimi- nated five or six processes during construction. The overall time sav- ings with CMAR helped ensure that The Red Oak campus houses many of TSTC’s high-tech, advanced workforce programs with state-of-the-art labs. Top: The Red Oak campus offers programs in such programs as industrial maintenance technology, precision machining technology, and HVAC technology. Bottom: Programs offered at the Fort Bend County campus include robotics technology and electrical lineworker technology. the school would be ready to open in the fall of 2016. Since receiving his certification in 2017, José Acosta has used his weld- ing skills in two different industries. Recently, he landed a higher-paying job in the oil and gas industry weld- ing pressure vessels, making more than $18 an hour. “The training is hands on,” Acosta says, adding, “It helped me get where I am today.” Nathan Olson is vice president for pre- construction at Bartlett Cocke General Contractors in Texas. Email: nolson@