Los Angeles USD Bond Program
Faced with a growing student population and state-mandated reductions in class size, the nation's second largest school district is moving ahead with a 10-year, $19 billion dollar capital program.
LAUSD serves approximately 750,000 students in 900 schools. Over the next 6 years it plans to complete 79 new schools, 60 onsite building additions, and 20 playground expansions.. The 139 building projects will accommodate 76,871 students on a 2-semester basis.
Funding flows primarily from multiple bond programs with the first $2.4-billion bond measure passing in April 1997, and additional funding being provided by alternative funding mechanisms. The first year of upgrades stressed occupant health and safety projects, such as installing air conditioning and fire alarms. About half of the 800 schools are more than 40 years old, and 123 are at least 75 years old. Sequencing and coordination are critical to the maintenance and repair program because It's very fast-paced.
SCS principals have been integrally involved in helping LAUSD New and Modernization programs since 1997. In 2005, SCS was selected by LAUSD (for the 3rd time) to provide Program Management Support District Wide and Project/Construction Management Services for various new construction projects. Our Project Management team provides procedural and operational oversight and directly coordinates with LAUSD Facilities Management staff.
Our selection came about largely because of our extensive experience on school construction and modernization projects throughout the state, and because of our ability to costs-effectively and innovatively manage such projects as we have done with LAUSD since its first BB Bond program.
Project Management scope of services includes in-depth involvement and coordination through design phase; bid & award phase; construction phase; and post construction phase. Land acquisition and design are progressing for new construction. With additional bonds planned and with state matching funds allocated for the bond measure, the total for new construction could well exceed $20 billion over the next 10 years.