More Money Saved for Bond Program 2015

At Jasmine Engineering we like to focus on saving money for our clients. Harlandale ISD, a client we have worked with since 2007, is a direct representation of money saving. We have helped save Harlandale ISD millions of dollars.

The 2015 Bond Program is no different. We have been able to save 1,328,757 dollars on the HISD Carroll Bell Elementary School and Vestal Elementary School based on reduced consultant fees (soft cost). An additional 66,438 dollars was saved on these same projects by reducing other consulting fees. The 2015 Bond Program also features the District-Wide Security Project. We have been able to save 1,423,855 dollars on the security project through negotiation with the Design/Builder on the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP).

To date, we have saved Harlandale ISD 2,819,050 dollars on the 2015 Bond Program. We look forward to using other cost-effective measures through the completion of these projects.

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Home in Milam

The Milam Building in downtown San Antonio houses several businesses. For Jasmine Engineering it has been home for over 20 years.  This historic building has sat beside the Riverwalk since early 1928 and has watched San Antonio grow into the city it has become.

History was made in 1928 when the building opened its doors for the first time. The Milam building was made of brick and had a reinforced-concrete structure. It stood taller than any other comparable concrete-framed building in America. Surpassing any building in New York or Chicago.

Other than its impeccable frame and height, it was also one of the first buildings with high-rise air conditioning equipment. The building temperature was promised to stay at a constant 75 degrees, a major relief for anyone who understands summers in the South.

In May 2014, the building was inducted into the National Register of Historical Places for the advanced structure and technology that was used in creating this building.

We can thank the original progressive owner, engineers, contractors, and architects-all of whom were from San Antonio-that created the masterpiece that stands at 115 East Travis Street that proudly houses Jasmine Engineering.

Harlandale ISD-Carroll Bell ES and Vestal ES

Jasmine Engineering has had the privilege of working with Harlandale ISD on major projects since 2007. The recent 2015 Bond Program has given us the opportunity to provide continuing project management services for the district.

Two major projects we are working on are the Carroll Bell Elementary School and the Vestal Elementary School facilities. Both of the facilities are totally new replacement schools and are still in the design development phase. We have met with architects and their consultants as they continue to refine the design development for each of the campuses. HISD has requested that the exterior of each school retain a more traditional look. These designs will be presented at the next regular board meeting on August 15, 2016 for direction and approval of the board.

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Picture 1: Perspective Drawing of the front of Carroll Bell ES as viewed from W. Harding Boulevard, looking northeast toward Pleasanton Road

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Picture 2: Perspective Drawing of the front of Vestal ES as viewed from Cantrel Drive, looking southwest


Huebner Creek Enhanced Conveyance

Jasmine Engineering is delighted to announce that we have been selected for Construction Inspection Services for the Huebner Creek Enhanced Conveyence NWWC Segement III Project.

Segment 3 is along Huebner Creek from the city limit line between Leon Valley and San Antonio upstream to Bandera Road.

Channel improvements proposed for this project include channel widening and realignment in order to reduce the floodplain limits in surrounding residential areas.

Some benefits of the Project will include a 73 acre in reduction of floodplains, planting and watering, refurbishing of significant trees into furniture.Number of homes previously purchased for channel excavation/widening: 42

Construction is expected to start in September and last through February of 2018.


Green Schools Gaining More Support In US

New poll from US Green Building Council shows that more than 90 percent of Americans agree that greater investments should be put toward upgrading US public school buildings with green features

In a poll released at last year’s Greenbuild, respondents listed improved energy efficiency and an improved learning environment as the top reasons for schools to be upgraded. Results show increased support for green schools, finding that 8 out of 10 Americans support schools that create a healthy environment conducive to learning, while also saving energy, resources and money.

The study, commissioned by the Center for Green Schools at the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and sponsored by Excel Dryer, Inc., was first conducted in 2011 and again in 2013.

In 2015, saving energy was on par with improved student performance as the two biggest motives for change, followed closely by improved student and faculty health. Additional considerations included reducing environmental impacts, creating jobs, and saving tax dollars.

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How do we promote green building in the cheap energy era?

Years ago I spoke with the builder of a very green prefab, who told me about someone who came in and saw the bamboo floors (yes, they were a green thing once) and asked “how does that save energy?” For years, particularly in the USA, the green movement was positioned as an energy saving, money saving thing. Now we are reaping what we sowed, as low energy prices dampen interest in the green movement. As Martin Holladay notes in Green Building Advisor: In 2016, green builders will need to face the implications of low energy prices. It’s an important article, so thanks to GBA for offering a “GBA Prime Sneak Peek” to non-subscribers so that we can discuss it.

Martin starts with the obvious: Interest in green building is down because energy is cheap.



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Lone project manager good for Harlandale

mccollum_health_science_technologyAn editorial in the San Antonio Express-News, on Nov. 25, stated Jasmine Engineering was receiving 6 percent-plus from the Harlandale Independent School District for bond project management. This is incorrect. Our fee for previous assignments, and based on providing three separate services, were — programming: 2 percent; project management: 2 percent; and commissioning: 2 percent.

We were recently hired by the district to again perform these three services for the 2015 Bond Program, under the title of Total Building Commissioning Authority. To bring maximum savings to the district and its taxpayers, we agreed to reduce our fees on Bond 2015 even further. The fees are: programming: 2 percent; project management: 2 percent; and commissioning: 1 percent.

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