At a special meeting May 15, the Collin College Board of Trustees voted 8-0 to authorize District President Dr. Neil Matkin to execute a contract with AECOM Technical Services, Inc. for phase one of bond program management.
The action had been under consideration by the board and discussed in public meetings since February, pending the outcome of the college’s bond referendum on the May 6 ballot.
On May 6 Collin County voters approved a $600 million bond referendum to facilitate the college’s long-range master plan, which will provide programs and facilities to accommodate the projected population growth in Collin County over the next two decades. The bond issue carried three out of four precincts in the county, with more than 56 percent of voters in favor of the measure.
With the passage of the bond referendum, the college will move forward with the construction of several new facilities, including a public safety training center already under construction in McKinney. Other projects include a campus in Wylie, a technical center in Allen, educational centers in Celina and Farmersville, and an information technology center at the Preston Ridge Campus in Frisco.
“Retention of a management firm is a common practice for major building projects of this size and scope, to control costs, manage timelines, ensure quality and safety, and administer contracts,” said Dr. Matkin. “AECOM has a stellar reputation, having worked for such clients as the One World Trade Center, the Kennedy Space Center, Los Angeles International Airport, and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and on facilities for educational institutions like the University of Texas System, Texas Tech University, El Paso Community College, the Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston ISDs, and many more. Collin College and the citizens of Collin County will benefit greatly from AECOM’s experience and professional track record in project management.”
The AECOM contract segments the program management services into four phases with phases two, three and four available by exercising written extension notifications:
Phase 1 – Wylie Campus and Technical Training
Phase 2 – Celina and Farmersville Centers and the Preston Ridge IT Center of Excellence
Phase 3 – Student Unions and Welcome Centers at Preston Ridge and Central Park
Phase 4 – Repurposing of Facilities, Traffic Infrastructure and Wayfinding
At this time the college has authorized only Phase 1 of the plan. Additional phases are subject to board approval.
Collin College serves more than 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,100 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas.