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A Word From the Head

August 29, 2014
Mr. Rod Gilbert, Head of School

Eight Noteworthy Construction FAQ’s

After 28 months of Vision 20/20 Phase 1 Construction, we are crossing the finish line.  Whew!  It was a wild ride!!  Here are the five most common questions about our campus construction that we have received this summer…

What was the total cost of the project and what is the final price after all things are complete?
We projected $18.2 million for the entire project and the final price tag is $17.8 million.  We are completing Vision 20/20 Phase A under budget thanks to the hard work of our Construction Development Committee. This exceptional team included board members, administrators, parents, and construction company employees.

What happened in the 28 months with Vision 20/20 Phase 1 from May 2012 to August 2014?
1) Parking expansion, 2) Floodplain work, 3) West Campus athletic fields, 4) Rhetoric Hall, and 5) Approval to build the future Fieldhouse/Gym on West Campus.

Why are there two modular buildings on the West Campus that we can see from the street? 
We installed Locker Room/Bathroom modulars for athletes and Nature Center participants.  With the expansion of three athletic fields, our students and parents needed locker rooms and bathrooms in the vicinity. The modular buildings are located on the city-approved “footprint” for our future Fieldhouse/Gym. Gaining advanced approval for this Fieldhouse/Gym will allow for a more rapid construction timeframe when that time comes.

Are the Locker Room/Bathroom modular buildings open on the West Campus?
The modular buildings are fully completed and we anticipate the ability to actively use them in less than 10 days.  We are waiting on a final signature from the City of Austin. 

What is the large conical brown container that can be seen above the cedar trees in the far corner of the West Campus?
It is a storage container that holds water from our well.  The city approved the installment and we set up the 110,000 gallon water storage this summer. To give you a visual of the area, when a Regents baseball player hits a long, long foul ball down the third base line, he may hit that storage container. For more perspective, when a baseball player hits a homeroom over the head of the second baseman, the ball may likely land in the Nature Center ponds.

Why does the school sometimes have the sprinklers going when it is raining or when it appears the fields are plenty wet?
In compliance and partnership with the City of Austin’s environmental standards, we capture water in various systems around our campus. Two large water retention ponds are located behind Logic Hall. Recharge sprinkler systems across the campus function on automatic time and water level triggers. Therefore, if we are having a heavy rain and the retention ponds are full, our sprinklers will redistribute that water.

What was the rumor about West Campus fields closing down during the day on Wednesday?
Not a rumor. We had a misunderstanding with a government official that required us to stay off the fields for a couple of days, but we expect to be back on the fields next week.

What is the key verse as we enjoy this chapter in Regents life?
“We walk by faith and not by sight.”

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Rod Gilbert
Head of School

B.S. Economics
M. Divinity, Mid Amer Sem
Ph.D. (candidate) S Baptist Sem
Interests: soccer, Alpine dairy goats

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