The state has canceled Skanska’s $54 million contract for the renovation and expansion of Patrick F. Taylor Hall and instead will move forward on the project with Lemoine Co.
A Skanska-MAPP Construction joint venture announced the team had won the contract in June. Skanska’s piece of the contract was valued at $54 million, with the total contract valued at $77 million.
Meghan Parrish, a spokeswoman with the Louisiana Division of Administration, said the project hasn’t been canceled, just the contract with Skanska-MAPP.
The contract with the joint venture differed from the usual process. The state selected Skanska-MAPP as a construction manager at risk, but the guaranteed maximum price the team came in with was higher than the funds available for the project, Parrish said. The state had the choice of accepting or rejecting the price. The state rejected the price.
Skanska officials could not be reached for comment Friday.
Lemoine Co. is expected to provide the maximum price proposal in April, Parrish said.
“We still expect the project will be complete on time,” Parrish said. At the groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion back in November, officials said the project would be finished by fall 2017.
The expansion involves adding 129,000 square feet of classrooms, labs, offices and an auditorium to the three-story building that houses LSU’s College of Engineering, among the largest in the country.
The renovation work includes reconfiguring the entire existing building to improve and upgrade way finding and student traffic patterns, classrooms, student support areas, engineering labs, and administration and faculty offices.
The project is a public-private partnership. LSU raised $55 million from private donors. Philanthropist Phyllis Taylor, the widow of Patrick F. Taylor, donated $15 million of the total.
The state’s capital outlay budget provided the other half of the money. Supporters said the public-private partnership was what allowed the project to proceed so quickly.