Education has always been a focus at LSA and we have developed expertise in accurately predicting K-12 costs for both renovation and new school construction. LSA has worked with almost every large school district throughout California including Long Beach, Los Angeles, Santa Monica-Malibu, Oakland, San Francisco, San Mateo, San Ramon, San Jose, and Santa Clara, as well as many other smaller districts. Our knowledge of school pricing is based on up-to-the-minute information from actual school construction costs, and is adjusted to each local geographic area to ensure accurate budgeting.
While many reputable estimating firms have excellent individual project experience, LSA specializes in providing cost planning, budgeting, and estimating for entire K-12 Capital Improvement Programs becoming familiar with the District’s front-end conditions, bidding processes, and contracting pool. Our accuracy on District wide programs has been excellent, even in the extreme volatility of recent years and our accuracy is averaging 0%-5% variance at San Francisco USD ($845 M, two bond measures), 4% at San Ramon Valley USD ($120 M), and 6% at Long Beach City College ($124 M).
LSA’s in-depth knowledge of school construction, combined with our knowledge of OPSC cost estimating formats, makes us ideal for school projects. In fact, the Saylor cost manuals is the standard that OPSC uses when setting pricing for schools.
LSA has worked with almost every school district in California, including San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, Fremont, Berkeley, Cupertino, and many others. District wide programs recently undertaken include the 90 school Oakland USD Building Program, the 24 school Monterey USD Building Program, and the 20 school Fremont USD Building Program. Tasks have ranged from design phase estimates, to constructibility reviews, to construction scheduling, to value engineering, to construction management.