School Operations Resource Center

Facilities

 

The TCSA Vendor Member Gallery is a vendor referral system.  The Vendor Member Gallery 1) builds a community of vendors that support and cater to charter schools, and 2) compiles referral information on school resources in one place, saving valuable time for busy charter school operators.  With the exception of Preferred Vendor Members, TCSA does not endorse or recommend any particular vendor member to charter schools.  TCSA Vendor Members are listed by industry.   Visit their websites by clicking on their respective logos.  

TCSA continues its pursuit of innovative vendor members that provide quality services and products to charter schools. See the benefits of becoming a Vendor Member and join the charter community today!

Facilities Vendor Members

Hertz Furniture is committed to offering well-made and reasonably priced furniture and accessory items. We strive to provide the best buying experience beginning with the initial contact all the way through the completed sale. Our goal is complete customer satisfaction and customers' concerns are our number one priority.
 
Daniel Goldfine
(713) - 557-8181

 

Staples Advantage is committed to providing Texas Charter Schools great deals on quality products. Did you know? Staples is more than just office supplies.

  • Office Supplies
  • School Supplies
  • Classroom Furniture
  • School Uniforms
  • Technology Solutions

"An Outstanding Customer Service Experience."
J.D. Power and Associates

Contact TCSA's dedicated account manager, Tim Taylor at tim.taylor@staples.com to learn more


TCSA Electricity Pool - Leverage your purchasing power with member charters and cap electricity rates for up to five years with the TCSA Electricity Pool. 
 
TCSA brings contract language and discounted rates (previously available only to large school districts) to our members.  TCSA conducted a rigorous RFQ process and selected the following firms to compete to offer your school the best contracts at the lowest price:  Constellation Energy, Gexa Energy, Mid American Energy, Reliant Energy and TriEagle Energy.
- Unlimited Swing (No Set Usage to Meet)
- Contract Protection for Your School
- Lowest Pricing with No Hidden Fees
- Flexible Allowance to Add and/or Delete Meters
 
To Participate:
1. Complete and Sign Letter of Authorization
(This allows us to obtain your school's electricity usage) 
2. Provide Your Most Recent Electricity Bill(s) (or a list of your ESI IDs)
3. Provide a Copy of Your Current Electricity Contract (if applicable)
4. Forward all documents to:
Brian Levy at blevy@txcharterschools.org or fax to 512.584.8492

 

Gold Level Vendor Members

The Gallagher Family

Founded in 1968, we serve a growing clientele including independent school districts, municipalities, higher education districts and other government agencies, many of who return to us for new projects year after year.

At Gallagher, we are proud of our hard-earned extensive reputation for responsiveness, objectivity and effectiveness. And we're proud to say that we're a family-owned and operated business with a long list of satisfied customers.

www.gallaghertx.com

Hill & Wilkinson is a general contractor serving the education market across Texas. With offices in DFW, Austin and Tyler, we provide construction services to new and expanding charter schools through CM at Risk and design / build delivery methods.

We typically get involved in projects during the conceptual phase to ensure that budget and schedule objectives are achieved to serve the academic mission.

www.hill-wilkinson.com

 

InSite Education Facility Services (formerly InSite Charter School Services) is a charter-focused real estate brokerage and consulting firm with offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, Austin and Charlotte. We provide real estate services to new and existing charter schools. As a charter school broker, our mission is to help charter schools find the best facility for their needs. We also offer related services including real estate developer representation, asset sales, assistance in financing, entitlement review and approvals. We work only with charter schools and property owners, meaning that all of our attention and expertise is  brought to bear on your needs.
 

NextEra Energy Solutions assists schools districts reduce their total cost of operation through facility renovations and energy conservation. These efforts are often achieved with no additional expense to the district.

www.nexteraenergy.com

 

Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. ("Oppenheimer") is a leading investment bank and full-service investment firm. Our firm has a wealth of experience servicing charter schools across the country while our dedicated team of Texas-based charter school bankers is a leader in Texas charter school financings. We help our clients achieve their strategic objectives through our comprehensive investment banking services, in-depth charter school knowledge, debt structuring, trading expertise and strong distribution channels. Our Texas-based team helps work through local and state-wide relationships to educate charter schools, the Texas Education Agency and Legislators on the intricacies of facilities funding. Our focus is on the delivery of superior client service and establishment of long-term relationships.
 
Piper Jaffray is a national leader in charter school finance. We help our charter school clients achieve their objective - BEING THEIR OWN LANDLORD. Integral to our approach is that our focus is not simply the execution of the transaction at hand, but rather the delivery of continuing, superior client service and the establishment of enduring, long-term relationships. Let us help you with your financing needs.
 
RBC Capital Markets is a national leader in K-12 education financing. Our charter school specialists provide customized solutions to help raise capital for school facilities through the issuance of tax-exempt and taxable debt. Since 2000, we've financed over 100 projects for 60 organizations and raised $1.2 billion for the acquisition, construction, renovation and related costs of these projects. Learn more at:
 

 

Vendor Members

With nearly 20 Public Finance Lawyers, Andrews Kurth represents numerous Texas charter schools including serving as bond counsel for many innovative Texas charter school financings. Our lawyers have also served as Underwriter's Counsel and Bank Counsel for Texas charter school transactions for over 12 years. Andrews Kurth has been active in rendering bond opinions for governmental issuers and charitable organizations for over 25 years. We provide bond and disclosure counsel services for state agencies and local governments and underwriter counsel services for major national and regional investment banking firms throughout Texas and the Southwest. 

www.andrewskurth.com
Anslow Bryant is dedicated to providing our clients with a completed project constructed using best in class practices, employee safety. The desire to exceed our client's expectations is the core philosophy of Jim Anslow and James Bryant. Today, Anslow Bryant Construction is ranked Houston's 9th largest general contractor.  Together Jim and James bring over 70 years of construction experience and leadership to the built environment. SERVICES: Construction Manager at Risk, Design Build, Program Management, Construction Management, General Construction.
 
Campus Real Estate is a full services real estate, development and investment firm that assists charter schools with their facilities solutions in all markets of the United States.
 

Collaborate Architects is a sustainable design-oriented firm based in Texas. The practice experience encompasses a wide range of project types focusing on educational projects of various sizes and budgets. Common to our work on each project is a commitment to clear and open communication, collaboration at all levels of the project and a careful management of resources. We strive to demonstrate that innovative, creative and elegant design is achievable through the collaboration of the project team.

 

www.collaborate-llc.com

 

Consolidated Property Advisors is a Real Estate Consulting company focusing on assisting School Districts and Charter Schools in locating and acquiring school sites and facilities to meet the needs of the growing student bodies. With over forty years of experience in Real Estate Appraisal, Brokerage, and Consulting business, the principles have acquired over 150 sites for various school districts and charter schools.

These consulting services include market studies, purchase contract negotiations, and site evaluations and site selections. During the due-diligence period, CPA will coordinate phase I studies, determine availability of utilities (adequate water and sanitary sewer) and evaluate site drainage. Coordinate survey with title company and review title report; assist purchaser with closing.

www.cpadvisorltd.com

 

Dallas Midwest has been an industry leader since 1950, servicing schools, businesses and institutions nationwide. We offer a huge product selection in a wide range of categories from classroom desks, chairs, tables, boards, storage, filing and so much more! We also offer customization and personalization for items throughout our product line such as skirting, chairs, tables and outdoor benches. Dallas Midwest stands behind the quality of our products with a 25-year guarantee. Our furniture specialists average more than 12 years of experience and can help you locate those hard to find items. Our price match guarantee assures that you will always get our very best price!
 
 
Since 1987, Fields & Associates Architects have been providing personal client based architectural services in Central Texas. Specializing in the educational field of architecture, Fields & Associates has provided creative and practical solutions to their clients. Founded by Chuck Fields, Johnnie Fields and Ken Fields, this family owned practice has grown steadily over the previous 25 years.
 
Commercial Real Estate Landlord. Charter School Buildings in Southwest Houston Texas.

GCSC is a full service Financial Advisory firm specializing in helping Charter Schools navigate the process of issuing debt for the construction of new facilities. We are experts at working through the credit rating process and choosing between public sale or private placement options.

Now more than ever it is important to have a Financial Advisor whose fiduciary responsibility is to your organization. Government Capital Securities Corporation and our experienced Financial Advisors are dedicated to fulfilling that role.

www.govcap.com

HighMark School Development serves charter schools exclusively by providing 100% financing and turnkey development of permanent, high quality school facilities. Since 2005, HighMark has developed nearly 30 properties nationwide. And unlike commercial or bond financing, the HighMark model suits start-ups, operational schools, and multi-school operators. HighMark separates itself from the crowd with a dedicated source of capital that requires no money in from the school; a rapid, efficient, and fully transparent development process; and building designs that enhance a school's program. HighMark Partners with schools that demonstrate exceptional governance and operate with academic excellence, fiscal responsibility, and policy savvy.
 
Jefferies, is a full service investment firm with dedicated bankers focused exclusively on Texas educational issuers. With extensive charter school understanding and experience, Jefferies is pleased to support the Texas Charter School Association and all the charter schools' success in Texas.
 
LIIF is dedicated to creating pathways of opportunity for low income people and communities. Serving the poorest of the poor, LIIF is a steward for capital invested in community-building initiatives such as affordable housing, child care centers and charter schools. In so doing, LIIF provides a bridge between private capital markets and low income neighborhoods.
Mobile Modular Management Corporation rents, leases and sells modular relocatable buildings and portable storage containers. Since 1979, Mobile Modular has been providing modular buildings designed to meet the specific needs of administrators, teachers, and students, with a level of individual service second to none. Honoring our motto "Your project - Our commitment", we have developed the "Charter Starter", a product line designed specifically with the facility needs of charter schools in mind. As members of BuyBoard and serving the entire state, let us help you provide an environment conducive to the success of your faculty and students.
 

Mutual of Omaha Bank is a full-service bank providing solutions to individuals and businesses across the United States. With $6 billion in assets, Mutual of Omaha Bank is a subsidiary of Mutual of Omaha, a Fortune 500 insurance and financial services company founded in 1909. For more information about Mutual of Omaha Bank, visit:

www.mutualofomahabank.com

 

Established in 1984 and located in San Antonio, Texas, OCO Architects is an award-winning firm with a long and proven track record of designing environments that support the creation and sharing of knowledge and culture. We have built a solid reputation as a regionally sensitive firm with sensible architectural solutions. We are known for our thoughtful detail, innovation and level of quality expected by us and our clients.

Palomar Modular Buildings is a Texas-based manufacturer of advanced modular buildings. We offer a number of exceptional floor plans custom engineered to meet the needs of both charter and public education school systems. By employing our accelerated modular construction strategy, Palomar can deliver a temporary or permanent modular building solution in weeks instead of months. Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Desoto, Texas, staffed with a dedicated workforce of skilled tradesmen and production managers has produced hundreds of modular projects from simple additions to complex integrated facilities.

www.palomarmodular.com

 

Self-Help is a community development lender founded in 1980 that creates and protects ownership and economic opportunity for minority, women, rural and low-wealth families. It has provided over $6 billion in financing to help more than 75,000 low-wealth borrowers buy homes, start and build businesses, and strengthen community resources, including public charter school facilities, nationwide. In our seventeen years of lending to charter schools that serve low-income, minority and rural students well, we have made more than $200 million in loans to charter schools in 16 states and shared best practices for construction, governance, and facility financing with schools in 19 states.
 
Specialized Public Finance Inc. ("SPFI") was formed on November 6, 2008 in response to unprecedented events in the global credit markets.  SPFI's founding partners recognized a need in the municipal market for an independent firm dedicated exclusively to providing financial advisory services to select governmental entities. Combined, the firm's advisors have over 100 years of public finance experience. SPFI is dedicated to the principle of conservative, client-appropriate advice.
 
Providing financial advisory services to Texas Charter Schools.
 
With more than 100 years of experience, Ziegler is a recognized leader in the educational sector throughout the U.S. We continue that tradition with our dedicated services to the charter school market nationally. Ziegler provides creative, tailored financial solutions that are just right for your organization. Ziegler is one of the few financial services firms in the country that has a dedicated team of charter school finance professionals. We can offer unbiased advice and a full menu of financial solutions to help you advance your mission.
 
 

 

For more information, please contact Carly Hamilton at chamilton@txcharterschools.org or call 512.584.8272.