The Grayson College board of trustees named a construction manager at risk Tuesday to assist with the college’s construction of a new distillery and a manufacturing classroom.
The board selected Plyler Construction to help oversee the two projects, which will benefit Grayson’s Viticulture and Enology School, as well as its middle skills programs, which serve both high school and college students. Plyler beat out six other applicants and withstood two rounds of interviews for the contract position.
Grayson College Board Member Debbie Plyler, who is the spouse of David Plyler, did not attend the portion of the meeting in which the construction company was selected, nor did she cast a vote in the matter. Grayson College Board President Ronnie Cole said the steps were taken to avoid a conflict of interest and stated that Debbie Plyler was not in any way involved or consulted in the selection of the construction manager at risk.
With all the legal and ethical requirements met, Grayson College President Jeremy McMillen expressed optimism regarding the partnership with Plyler Construction.
“We have a lot of confidence in their ability to deliver, both economically and in terms of a quality level that we’ve come to expect,” McMillen said.
The planned distillery is slated to be built at the site of Grayson’s standing vineyard, which lies just east of North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field. Features of the building include flexible wall configurations to section off areas and classrooms, high ceilings to accommodate machinery, bay doors for the shipping and receiving of supplies, shelving for barrels and outdoor space for both events and seasonal harvests.
The proposed manufacturing classroom will take the form of an addition to the northwest corner Grayson’s standing Career Technology Center. The $1.25 million building will boast 6,500 square feet and fit large, industrial machinery, as well as instructional and utility space.
Grayson College Vice President Giles Brown said Plyler’s role as construction manager at risk will be to deliver the two projects in their entirety and under a guaranteed maximum price.
“This basically brings the contractor on board with the owner and architect to complete the design and follow through the bidding process,” he said.
Board President Ronnie Cole laid out the college’s desire to have the two facilities built and open for operations by the spring 2018 semester and asked David Plyler, whether he felt confident his construction company could deliver by that date.
“We believe, based on our schedule, that yes we will have time to complete them,” said Plyler, alluding to the schedule his company presented to administrators during the application process. “We’ll be moving pretty quick.”
Satisfied with the construction manager’s answer, Cole thanked Plyler and said the board was eager to get started on the projects.
“We’re looking forward to seeing some things come up out of the ground,” Cole said.