Longview ISD pays higher bond service fees

Longview ISD pays higher bond service fees
Longview News-Journal
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Monday, January 16, 2012 - 11:41am

By the time Longview ISD’s bond projects are complete, the district will have paid almost as much in architect and project manager fees as the entire cost of Pine Tree ISD’s new athletic complex.

A look at the Longview district’s architect and project manager fees found about 6.58 percent — or about $17.5 million — of Longview’s $266.9 million bond will go to pay Huckabee of Fort Worth.

Pine Tree ISD is handing over about 4.13 percent of its $29.9 million bond to Houston-based PBK Architects.

Nearby Hallsville ISD is paying 4.53 percent of its $96 million bond to Thacker-Davis Architects of Longview.

Huckabee charged Longview ISD between 4 percent and 7.5 percent of the construction costs on various projects. For example, the company charged architecture fees of 4.25 percent of the $18.1 million construction costs on Bramlette Elementary School; 6 percent of J.L. Everhart’s $18.2 million construction fees; and 7.5 percent of the $9.5 million additions and renovations at Johnston-McQueen Elementary School.

Architect fees typically range from 6 percent to 7.5 percent of construction costs in school bond elections, according to several local school officials.

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