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Friday, October 6, 2017

New faces added to facilities as the Bond 2016 program hits milestone

Facilities team members at SAISD meet every week to discuss projects

The architects have been assigned. The finalization of each contract is underway. And the people inside the facilities building on North Alamo Street are busy getting their crews together.

SAISD’s Bond 2016 program is in full swing!

Part of the process to get everything up and running is hiring people to do all of the work.

Meet Kedrick Wright. He is the director of planning and construction.

Wright, who has been in education management for 12 years, was first in architecture. Before coming to SAISD, he worked at the private firm of Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. Before that, he was Houston ISD's senior manager of facilities design.

Wright’s experience on both sides of the aisle, from architecture as a project coordinator and program manager, to a school district, has given him insight he said he believes will help provide a successful bond program to the students, teachers and families of SAISD.

“The biggest impact I think that I can make is holding architects accountable on the promises made to voters and taxpayers,” he said.

Wright earned his bachelor's degree in environmental design degree from Texas A&M University and a master's in architecture from the University of Southern California.

Another new face in facilities is the director of construction support.

Meet Victor Valdez.

Valdez has been in education since 1999 and previously worked at Judson and Northside ISDs.

He said his role will involve the important task of making the Bond 2016 program run efficiently. As the director of construction support, his job will to be “eliminating the 20 questions” from the project. Instead, he will be ahead of the game by providing the firms a detailed list of the project scope. He’s currently updating the District’s design guidelines to create 21st-century classrooms and the best learning environment for SAISD students.

Valdez believes that the facilities and curriculum departments will work hand in hand to build the best classrooms possible.

“Small districts get what architects come up with,” Valdez said. “We will outline all the details so that there are a lot fewer questions, thereby saving time and money. Our collaboration with the curriculum department will ensure that the equipment, technology and other features of the facility adhere to the District’s standards.”

Valdez believes his strengths include bringing different perspectives to his position at SAISD. Among his experiences are architectural school design, engineering design, accessibility design, energy management and playground safety. He received a bachelor of fine arts in architectural design from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is licensed to practice architecture in this state.

Citizens Advisory Committee offers guidance as Bond 2016 program rolls along

Kedrick Wright, (standing) director of planning and construction, delivers a presentation to members of the Citizens Advisory Committee. T...