Los Angeles Business Journal

Aecom to Oversee College District’s Building Program

By Deborah Crowe Friday, May 24, 2013

The Los Angeles Community College District this week awarded Aecom Technology Corp. a contract to oversee the final phase of the district’s $6 billion capital program.

The modernization program, financed from voter-approved bonds and supplemental state money, was launched in 2001 at the district’s nine colleges and headquarters.

Aecom, a Los Angeles construction management company, will receive $94.6 million to manage use of the remaining $2.7 billion in funds. The district expects to complete the final phase within five years.

Aecom was among three finalists for the contract, which included the previous program manager, URS Corp. of San Francisco, which had held the contract since 2007.

“The selection of a new program manager for the building program reflects over two years of reforms,” Steve Veres, president of the LACCD board, said in a statement. “The contract’s centralized structure will produce a more efficient and accountable program, and will ensure first-rate results.”

The district fired several subcontractors and implemented a variety of reforms, including forming an Office of Inspector General, following allegations of mismanagement and fraud in earlier phases of the capital building program.