Facilities Project Execution
Facilities Project Execution (FPE) FPE is responsible for the construction of new schools and repair and modernization of existing schools as part of a multi-year bond funded capital improvement program. Project Execution is dedicated to the twin goals of providing relief from overcrowding and returning students to a traditional two-semester calendar as well as ensuring that existing campuses are modernized and repaired in support of the education and safety of our students utilizing cost efficient and sustainable materials.is responsible for the construction of new schools and modernization of existing schools as part of a multi-year bond funded capital improvement program. FPE is dedicated to ensuring that existing campuses are modernized and repaired in support of the education and safety of our students and staff utilizing cost efficient and sustainable materials.
Brief History of Facilities Project Execution Branch
FPE was formed in late 2010 as a result of merging the two bond construction execution branches of Facilities Services Division: New Construction and Existing Facilities. Having completed over 130 K-12 new schools and over 20,000 repair and modernization projects; construction continues on the installation of wireless network capability and IT network modernization at 295 District schools as part of the Superintendent's Common Core Technology Project (CCTP).
Departments within the Branch
The LAUSD Construction Safety Management Team provides field support to District jobsites and is committed to enhancing the safety culture of FPE through a goal driven program of safety awareness, safety training, and institution of proven accident and incident prevention techniques. Assistance to contractors is provided regarding health and safety regulations, reporting requirements, safety training, and other related issues. Effectiveness is monitored through metrics that measure leading and lagging indicators of jobsite safety. Partnering with the contractors and labor is encouraged to promote a safe working environment with the shared goal of zero jobsite accidents and incidents.
Construction, Modernization, and Repair (Regional Project Management)
Construction, Modernization and Repair is responsible for construction of new schools and the modernization and repair efforts of the branch. Organized in three Regional Project Management departments which are led by Regional Construction Directors-the majority of the work of the Branch is 'executed' by this team of construction management professionals. Having just completed delivery of approximately two billion dollars in construction in FYs 12/13 and 13/14; Construction, Modernization and Repair continue to execute the remaining repair and modernization projects of the current bond as they begin execution of Measure Q projects. Initial Measure Q projects include the installation of wireless network capability at all District schools as part of the Superintendent's Common Core Technology Initiative.
Specialized Programs: School Occupancy Transition Unit (SOTU)
SOTU is responsible for the commissioning of school furniture and equipment activities in support of new and existing school construction projects including charter schools. SOTU researches appropriate Program furniture and equipment requirements, and assists the school with the selection of furniture and equipment, budget management, space and interiors planning, acquisition, delivery, and installation.
Specialized Programs: Access Compliance Unit (ACU)
The Access Compliance Unit has technical knowledge in Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Access Compliance. ACU provides support and technical expertise to all phases of the construction lifecycle via coordination with various Facilities departments such as Planning, Design and Construction as we upgrade our school facilities with Repair and Modernization projects. ACU also manages the Rapid Access Program (RAP) which supports school generated requests from the Division of Special Education for student accessibility requiring minor ADA improvements, and provides support to General Counselâs Office of Civil Rights requests. Additionally, ACU has been working with the Independent Monitor overseeing the Chanda Smith Modified Consent Decree and specific outcomes defined in the Decree.
How the Facilities Project Execution has positively impacted the LAUSD
Since its inception, Facilities Project Execution has positively impacted the LAUSD by providing construction execution in furtherance of educational programming needs and Facilities Services Division goals. Some significant positive impacts include:
- Over 130 New Schools
- 65 Additions
- Over 20,000 Repair and Modernization projects which have modernized existing campuses including upgrading classrooms, libraries, multi-purpose rooms, auditoriums, food service facilities, playgrounds, athletic field improvements including artificial turf installation and grandstand upgrades, gymnasium renovations, fire alarm upgrades, HVAC upgrades, Small Learning Community (SLC) school site reconfigurations, Career and Technical Education projects, and many more
- Development and Delivery of Full Site Information Technology (IT) Network Modernization Program with a total of 295 projects at District K-12 sites. Currently 62 projects have been completed, 66 projects are in construction and over 150 projects are in design in furtherance of educational programming in support of the CCTP
Facilities Project Execution works in close collaboration with teachers, administrators and Educational Service Center (ESC) Coordinators to respond proactively to ensure facilities are tailored and upgraded to meet the ever changing demands of our operators while striving for continuous improvement and innovation in our delivery of new schools and repair and modernization projects at existing school sites. Workload and resource allocation analysis combined with the tracking of key performance indicators and initiatives have allowed us to pin-point improvements in critical areas. These efforts in concert with significant organizational fine-tuning have allowed us to maximize the effectiveness of a reduced workforce and devote an increasing percentage of bond funds to projects. Moving forward, FPE will continue to respond to the needs of the District in close collaboration with school operators as well as Facilities Services branches including Asset Management and Maintenance and Operations as part of the 7 billion dollar Measure Q effort.
1. Including 4 Capital Improvement Program Reserve (CIPR) funded projects.