Operations Center 8/5/15
At its August 3 meeting, the Board heard information and viewed a preliminary site plan related to the proposed construction of an operations center on vacant district property between Abrams Road and Greenville Avenue. The facility would provide additional functional space for support operations and consolidate a number of functions currently housed at different locations around the district, including Facility Services, Child Nutrition, Bond Project Management, Purchasing, Testing/Accountability, Textbooks, Warehouse, Print Shop, and Transportation.
Part of the consolidation plan would include the closure and sale of the aging district facility on Security Row, which would otherwise require repair and construction. The operations center would utilize 14.6 acres of the existing 43 acres owned by the district at the location across Greenville Avenue from Restland Cemetery.
The district is filing a zoning request with the City of Richardson, and if approved, could potentially begin construction as soon as February of 2016, with first phase completion in June of 2016 and final phase completion in May of 2017.
The facility would be funded with existing funds and would not be part of a potential 2016 bond package.
Preliminary planning includes consideration of surrounding property owners through inclusion of screening walls, district vehicle traffic not utilizing residential side streets, and thoughtful placement of facilities and equipment on the site. The operations center site would not include the district's 140 bus parking facility that would continue to operate from its location approximately 1/2 mile away on Buckingham Road.