LAFAYETTE - The companies that developed the school system’s facilities master plan submitted the lone proposal to manage its implementation.
CSRS Inc. of Baton Rouge and Lafayette-based Architects Southwest partnered for a proposal to provide construction program management services for a proposed $561 million in new construction and major renovations and repairs.
The School Board is set to discuss a committee recommendation to accept the proposal at its Aug. 3 meeting, said Billy Guidry, chief financial officer.
CSRS Inc. led the district’s master planning efforts in 2009-10.
Architects Southwest was one of several associates on the master planning project.
Planners prioritized the more than $1 billion in identified facility needs into a six-year capital improvement plan.
A bond issue and a separate 2-mill tax dedicated to maintenance goes to voters on Oct. 22.
The first hurdle in the plan’s implementation is the passage of the bond issue, the proposal noted.
CSRS Inc. touted its track record with past bond projects. The firm stated in its proposal that of the eight bond campaigns it’s managed in the past 10 years, it has a 100 percent passage rate.
The firms have proposed a contract fee of 3.3 percent of the project construction cost and offered the following services at no-cost: pre-bond assistance to the board, program website, dedicated program office and community meetings on major projects.
The firms estimated that the no-cost services will save the district about $3.6 million in fees.
According to its proposal, the program management team also would include Assaf, Simoneaux & Tauzin, a Baton Rouge-based engineering firm, and Right Angle, a Lafayette-based public relations and marketing agency, to help manage community outreach efforts.
The proposal also includes “clarifications” on two issues that could be seen as potential conflicts of interest: both firms’ involvement in the master planning process and Architects Southwest’s current contract for the design of renovations to the former N.P. Moss Middle School.
Neither firm had any input on the preparation of the request for proposals for the program management services, the proposal stated.
“Preparing the master plan gives no unfair advantage to the CSRS/ASW team in pursing the program management contract,” the proposal stated.
The former Moss site is now home of Thibodaux Career and Technical High School and is set for renovation and additions.
The high school “is not included in the current scope of services for the program management team and therefore there is no conflict of interest,” the proposal stated.
The district issued a call for proposals for the services in June with a July 18 deadline for responses.
Four companies: CSRS, Architects Southwest, Royal Engineering of New Orleans and CarterUSA of Atlanta, requested information from the school system about the job, according to records from the school system.