Planning for Future with Lifecycle Replacements
Planning for the Future with Lifecycle Replacements
Posted on 04/14/2021
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With total enrollment currently exceeding 25,500 students —
and an additional 1,200 students expected to enroll next year — Northwest ISD is one of the fastest growing school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. That growth is expected to continue, so keeping our buildings 19 elementary schools, six middle schools, three comprehensive high schools and one accelerated high school — in appropriate and safe working order is a top priority for the district.

Facilities must withstand wear and tear from hundreds of students passing through the halls and working in the classrooms for about eight hours a day for almost 200 days each year. With time, the daily use becomes burdensome on key facility needs, including carpet, flooring, roofs, and HVAC units. Similar to the upkeep of your own home or car, routine maintenance is crucial.

The May 2021 bond proposal includes several projects to address infrastructure that has reached its end-of-life phase. These “lifecycle replacements” provide an opportunity for Northwest ISD to purchase new models that require less upkeep and save money in the long run. 

Higher quality materials (that may cost a little more) can be used to decrease repair costs and save money for the district’s budget. For example, painted handrails require annual upkeep and repainting, versus brushed aluminum or steel that does not require annual maintenance. 

Another example would be installing a flooring system that is just as durable, but doesn’t require stripping and re-waxing every summer.

Sarah Stewart, NISD’s Executive Director of Planning, explains that the choice to replace outdated materials will save the district in the long run.

“When we replace flooring across a facility, the non-waxed product will help our maintenance and operations budget and reduce our maintenance costs for the facility itself. The floor will not need to be waxed or fixed. It’s more durable and will last longer which saves money.”

Stewart continues in regard to other building lifecycle replacement needs.

“The same goes for roofs and aging HVAC units, both with an estimated 20-year lifespan. Our new campuses will install white rock on the roofs, which are more energy efficient because of the reflection but will also cut the facility’s maintenance and operations budget.”

The May 2021 bond will allocate specific monies to replace aging HVAC units, carpet and flooring, fire alarm and suppression systems, and gymnasium floors.

If approved by voters, the May 2021 bond proposal would fund six new school buildings — elementary schools #22 and #23, middle school #7, and replacement schools for Hatfield Elementary (built in 1998), Seven Hills Elementary (built in 1988) and Pike Middle School (opened in 1992 as Northwest High School). 

For more information on lifecycle replacement projects included in the bond proposal, visit https://www.nisdtxbond.org/project-descriptions/