Los Angeles School District Taps Turner for $236M Multi-Campus Project

Together, the three projects Turner is managing will produce classroom space for Los Angeles County students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

September 23, 2010
By Barbra Murray, Contributing Editor

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Deals to build educational properties continue to flow for Turner Construction Company, which has been selected by the Los Angeles Unified School District to spearhead construction of three schools with an aggregate development budget of $236 million. Turner’s management contract has a total value of $101 million.

Together, the three projects Turner is managing will produce classroom space for Los Angeles County students from kindergarten through 12th grade. South Region Elementary School No. 11 will consist of 63,400 square feet of space on four acres, while South Region Elementary School No. 12 will emerge as a 67,500 facility on a four-acre site. South Region High School No. 15, with a 26-acre location just outside the City of Los Angeles in San Pedro, will encompass 133,000 square feet spanning eight structures on District-owned land at the U.S. Army’s Fort MacArthur. The doors of all three schools are on track to open in fall 2012.

With the elementary schools budgeted at a respective $$60.3 million and $63.5 million, and the high school at $113.2 million, the combined development cost of all three pales in comparison to the widely criticized, money-guzzling Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools project that opened its doors on the site of the storied former Ambassador hotel this month. Dubbed the Taj Mahal by its detractors, the campus cost $578 million to complete. However, with Los Angeles County’s 2009 estimated population of 9.8 million–according to the U.S. Census Bureau–it is most likely that nary a desk will go unused.

All of the aforementioned projects fall under the umbrella of the district’s New School Construction and Modernization program, a $19.5 billion endeavor. Turner has received over 20 of the program’s contract awards valued at more than $600 million within the last seven years.

On a national level, projects involving the building of new schools and the upgrade of existing campuses got a boost in March of this year when the federal government announced $11 billion in allocation authority for the issuance of school construction bonds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.