Like most urban school systems, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) faces a significant number of capital projects, ranging from addressing deferred maintenance and dealing with consolidation to handing overcrowding. Since starting its work with APS in 1986 on a finite consulting role to help the district secure federal grant money to revamp its energy management program, Heery has completed an additional four assignments on large bond and Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funded programs. The success of Heery’s work for APS more than 20 years ago was the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership to improve K-12 schools throughout Atlanta.
Heery’s track record of delivering cost-efficient, high quality projects resulted in the firm’s being commissioned in 1993 by APS for a five-year, $258 million bond-funded program to renovate 72 elementary, middle and high schools. In 1997, APS extended Heery’s contract to an indefinite delivery type contract to keep Heery on in an ongoing construction management role. When the contract expired in 1997, APS extended it so Heery could continue as a valued extension of its staff. In 2001, APS needed a second phase of renovations at its elementary and middle schools. Heery’s team shepherded design and construction plans through approval, reviewed and approved estimates and contracts, developed and maintained project schedules, processed change orders and provided move management services. For the remaining five schools, Heery served strictly in a construction management capacity.
The long-standing relationship between Heery and the Atlanta Public Schools exemplifies Heery’s approach to client services and relationship building. In its work on behalf of the APS, Heery’s advice and guidance often resulted not only in budgets being met, but in reducing projected costs even further and to significant degrees. Heery’s ability to manage budgets, schedules, and other project tangibles is paralleled by its experience in building rapport with multiple stakeholders and providing the leadership to keep diverse project teams on track.
Key components of the APS projects include: