In 2007, the Recovery School District (RSD) required a program manager to make funding decisions, and develop processes needed to expedite the obligation of disaster relief funding for New Orleans public schools devastated by flooding from Hurricane Katrina. As a result, RSD engaged CSRS, along with a joint venture partner.
In the program management role, CSRS implements disaster closeout operations and long-range closeout objectives while integrating Environmental and Historical Preservation program standards. We provide advice and guidance concerning grants, agreements, and disaster assistance determinations, analyze documentation and contracts to ensure compliance with federal program requirements, and facilitate meetings and negotiations with the grantee and stakeholders.
With a focus on federally funded programs, CSRS utilized our embedded policy-based Funding Team experts to manage the funding from many sources. These sources include the FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program, the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), and Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). The focus of the Funding Team is to identify additional damages, maximize reimbursements, maintain eligibility of project costs, and create a predictable flow of operating capital to fund the program.
The Funding Team led the effort to secure the $1.8 billion precedent-setting FEMA settlement for use in executing the City’s Master Plan.
The Project Management team uses these funds within the federal criteria and guidelines to ensure proper execution of the design and construction of the new schools within the district. We also use our experience and policy expertise to ensure the funds are not de-obligated during future audits. As one collaborative effort, the CSRS Project Management and Funding teams ensure successful execution of project delivery as well as funding and compliance management.
All of these specialized services are utilized to provide the most effective and efficient management of the design and construction delivery process for the schools. It is this type of personalized service that has enabled CSRS to successfully re-compete as the Program Manager for the RSD three times during the past six years.
Over the past seven years, CSRS, its joint-venture partner, and the leaders and educators of Orleans Parish have planned, facilitated funding, and are delivering 21st Century learning spaces for every public school student in New Orleans. Our goal is to complete the reconstruction helping the citizens of New Orleans to build a sustainable facility portfolio to serve the students for the next 50 years.
We have been engaged in a supporting role with the Master Planning process from the initial planning meetings in 2007 through three iterations of Master Plan revisions. Through these intense planning efforts, we have supported the RSD with technical expertise and community engagement services.
CSRS and its joint-venture partner continue to enhance efforts by proceeding to help balance the demographic needs with the building program, assess standards and specifications in light of economic conditions, and increase community engagement to help the RSD navigate future changes in the plan.
Jonathan Perret has over 12 years of professional experience in Architectural Design and Construction Administration. He has developed a broad skill set through career experience as an Architect in traditional practice and as an Owner’s Representative. His areas of expertise include design reviews, construction administration, code analysis, program analysis, contract documentation, specifications writing, proposal writing, project management, design team management, client development, and construction team management.Contact