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Los Angeles Unified School District Capital Improvement Program


Los Angeles Unified School District

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the largest public school system in California and second largest in the U.S. The district serves more than 750,000 students and has more than 75,000 employees. In 1997, LAUSD embarked on an unprecedented capital improvement program that has now grown to a total budget of $27 billion, including Bond Measure Q—the largest new school construction and modernization program in the history of the U.S.

WSP USA was selected to provide program management for the district’s repair and modernization program, as well as support for the new construction program that has included more than 130 new schools, 65 school additions, and approximately 18,000 modernization projects. 

Our services included executive level program management for planning, design, construction, and project controls. A key element of these services was the development of a Strategic Execution Plan (SEP) for more than 6,000 repair and modernization projects, which our firm immediately proposed to improve and implement, that lays out a process for managing design, procurement, and construction. We have provided services in the areas of construction management, master planning, maintenance and operations of existing facilities, small business outreach, budgeting, contracting, construction inspection oversight, and design management.

Under the new schools construction contract, WSP augmented LAUSD’s staff in performing oversight of new construction. Our role encompassed tasks such as monitoring progress on all new-school construction contracts, developing policies and procedures, and training construction management personnel. Additionally, as deputy chief executive for facilities under a separate contract, we augmented LAUSD’s staff in performing oversight of all facility modernization projects. In this role, we were responsible for overseeing six construction management firms supporting 11 local districts within LAUSD that managed approximately 5,000 modernization and upgrade projects.