Facilities Project Execution
Facilities Project Execution (FPE) 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.
In 1997, LAUSD embarked on an unprecedented capital improvement program that has grown to a total budget of 27 billion dollars-the largest new school construction and modernization program in the history of the U.S. Begun with the passage of Proposition BB and subsequently Measures K, R and Y, the current bonds were focused at addressing deteriorated and overcrowded conditions at schools and on providing students with the opportunity to attend a neighborhood school operating on a traditional two-semester calendar.
As we near completion of our current bond effort and prepare for Measure Q, the focus of the program will shift from delivery of new schools to providing facilities with comprehensive repair and modernization projects developed in close coordination with school needs assessments and master planning efforts.
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 1301
K-12 new schools and over 22,000 repair and modernization projects; construction continues on three new K-12 school projects, six Campus Redevelopment projects, two Renovation projects, and approximately 700 Existing Facilities Modernization and Repair projects.
Departments within the Branch
Construction Safety 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. The LAUSD Construction Safety Management Team supports the field in regards to safety. Assistance 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 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 âexecutedâ by this team of construction management professionals. Having just completed delivery of approximately two billion dollars in construction this past year; Construction, Modernization and Repair continue to execute the remaining new school and modernization projects of the current bond as they prepare for Measure Q.
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 provides for the research and selection of school furniture and equipment, budget management, space and interiors planning, acquisition, delivery, installation, and transition to the school administrator in support of educational programming District-wide.
Specialized Programs: Facilities Access Compliance Unit (FACU)
FACU is the team responsible for delivering each project submittal in furtherance of release and verifying the accessibility for all projects required as part of the Chanda Smith Modified Consent Decree (MCD) 2
. Additionally, FACU manages the Rapid Access Program (RAP). The RAP program supports school generated requests for student accessibility of small magnitude. FACU also provides support for General Counsel/Office of Civil Rights requests, master-planning projects and construction support in order to reduce the number of access deficiencies. The FACU staff works closely with Inspection and staff to ensure access compliance is achieved District-wide.
1. Including those funded by Capital Improvement Program Reserve (CIPR)
2. In 1996 the District entered into a settlement agreement to a class action lawsuit filed in 1993 on behalf of students with disabilities. As part of the settlement a comprehensive review of the Districtâs special education program was launched. The review found that LAUSD suffered from a systemic inability to deliver special education services. The settlement established a Consent Decree Administrators Office (CDA) responsible for developing a series of plans to improve the Districtâs special education system.
Prompted by dissatisfaction with the results of the decree, parties resumed negotiations in 2001 to revise the settlement reaching agreement in 2003 on a Modified Consent Decree (MCD). The revised consent decree replaced the implementation plans with a series of objective and quantifiable measures that the school district is expected to meet i.e.: the On-Demand (OD), Repair and Renovation (RR), New Construction (NC), and Charter School (CS) programs. In addition to the aforementioned items, the Division of Special Education was required to meet specified objectives as well.