In 2001, The Accelerated Schools (TAS) selected Gafcon as its project manager/owner’s representative to negotiate with Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to expand an existing campus adding 100,000 sf to build a state-of-the-art kindergarten-12th grade multiplex of schools. The Accelerated School campus in South Central Los Angeles includes: a pre-kindergarten; grades K-8 The Accelerated School; the Wallis Annenberg High School; a Professional Development Center; Early Childhood Development Center; Performing Arts Center; Health and Wellness Center; a gymnasium and public-accessible library. The $30M project broke ground in 2002 and was funded by California Prop 1A, LAUSD Prop BB, private donations, and a $10 million grant from the Annenberg Foundation – the largest grant of its kind in LAUSD’s history.
Gafcon was instrumental in establishing TAS as the first successful public/private partnership to implement a “turn-key” project delivery system within the LAUSD system. Gafcon provided preconstruction, design coordination and development, consultant interface, contract administration, construction management, tenant improvements and move-in coordination services. The new campus includes three new three- and four-story buildings, a permanent two-story modular building, cafeteria, day care center, performing arts center, library, gymnasium, with new furniture and equipment throughout. With students attending classes in the existing part of the campus, Gafcon worked closely with contractors to ensure construction was completed with minimal disruption to students and faculty.