BATON ROUGE, LA — June 12, 2019 — Today, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced that the City-Parish has completed negotiations with CSRS and StanTec for program management services for the historic $1.3 billion MovEBR Transportation Improvement Project. The initial term of the agreement for both firms is 18 months, concluding on December 31, 2020.
The City-Parish negotiated a fee agreement with a 2.85 multiplier, which represents roughly a 7.5% profit margin for each program management firm. This represents a not-to-exceed value of $7.4 million contract for CSRS and a $5.6 million dollar contract for StanTec. This is roughly a 20% cost improvement over terms negotiated for the Green Light Program. These fees are inclusive of miscellaneous expenses. All parties will negotiate the scope of work and compensation for extensions of the contract in two-year increments.
“We feel that our negotiations have resulted in a fair and balanced contract for all parties,” said Mayor Broome. “This a win-win for the City-Parish, the program managers, and the citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish. We are also pleased about the speed with which we’ll begin to see progress on these major infrastructure improvements.”
The City-Parish expects the new half-cent sales tax to collect $32 million dollars in 2019. Collection started April 1, 2019, and the Metro Council has approved a spending appropriation on those funds collected. Average annual tax collections are expected to be approximately $46 million.
The negotiation committee included: Kelvin Hill, Mayor-President’s ACAO over Public Works; Patti Wallace, Director of Procurement; Fred Raiford, Director of Transportation and Drainage; Tom Stephens, Chief Engineer; and Bob Abbott, Senior Special Assistant Parish Attorney.
Upcoming MovEBR Dates:
June 12: Program management contracts introduced to Metro Council
June 26: Program management contracts' public hearing and approval
July 1: Execute program management contracts and begin MovEBR program
August: Complete Quick Start process
October: Complete project prioritization process