Vanir Wins 2021 CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter Project Achievement Award

After a bit of a delay, we have been notified that our Louisiana team has won a 2021 CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter Project Achievement Award for its work on the New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School (Sci High)!

Together with CBRE | Heery, Vanir was proud to provide project management services for the construction of NOLA Public Schools’ new Sci High, which was funded primarily by FEMA grants that were awarded due to Hurricane Katrina.

The joint venture team was hired seven months into the construction phase and quickly took measures to address scope creep and minimize potential change orders, reaching substantial completion four months ahead of the baseline completion date.

Our team also:

  • Provided quality assurance and quality control services by inspecting the site daily
  • Met with the commissioning agent weekly to make sure additional MEP/HVAC issues were being addressed in a timely manner
  • Visited different universities to evaluate current equipment available to higher education institutions, which we later implemented into the project
  • Coordinated the move-in of nearly $750,000 worth of FF&E

The new, 129,716-square-foot facility includes classrooms; multiple labs for science, visual arts, digital graphics, maker spaces and computers; a gymnasium/auditorium; outdoor learning and physical education areas; and dining commons with indoor/outdoor seating.

Congratulations to NOLA Public Schools, Sci High, our Vanir team members, our partners at CBRE | Heery and everyone else who contributed to the success of this award-winning project!

Project team: CBRE | Heery, Manning Architects, Charbonnet Associates, Inc., VergesRome Architects, Morphy Makofsky, Inc., the McDonnel Group, LLC