Disaster Recovery Assistance Services
Various South Florida School Districts
Florida's hurricanes in the summers of 2004 & 2005 were unprecedented in their number and the damage to property and residents of the State. While most public agencies now have disaster preparation and response plans in place, much more is now known as to how to deal with disasters before, during and after an event. Districts should review current plans and update or upgrade them based on the lessons learned. ZHA assisted the following School Districts with their response to the hurricanes and is uniquely qualified to assist all School Districts in preparing for the future.
Charlotte County Public Schools: ZHA provided cost estimates to replace seven schools (one high, two middle, and four elementary) destroyed by Hurricane Charley. Our estimating process is unique; we used Florida Inventory of School House data to generate space design types and coordinate available school district construction documents. The cost estimates covered 55 structures and 460,151 square feet of buildings.
ZHA assisted the school district with the technical process during the submission of six "Improved Projects." An Improved Project is a permanent restoration project where the school district chooses to make improvements to the destroyed facility while replacing the facility. It involves determining the cost of improved replacement vs. cost of replacement for the actual building destroyed/damaged and designating the financial responsibilities of the owner, insurance, and FEMA.
School District of Glades County: ZHA provided facility condition assessments at five schools with 39 structures totaling 246,309 square feet related to damages from Hurricane Wilma. The assessment product was used by a local architect to develop a CM at Risk construction document for all repairs.
School District of Hendry County: ZHA provided facility condition assessments at 12 schools with 130 structures totaling 1,103,289 square feet. The assessments were related to damages from Hurricane Wilma. ZHA also provided program management as owner's staff extension to repair over $600,000 in damages.
School District of Indian River County: ZHA provided facility condition assessments at 20 schools with 327 structures totaling 2,228,832 square feet related to damages from Hurricane Wilma. ZHA also provided replacement cost estimates for one totally destroyed facility.
School District of St. Lucie County: ZHA provided facility condition assessments at 37 schools with 282 structures totaling 4,498,014 square feet. The assessments identified damages from Hurricane Wilma. ZHA also provided an assessment of the work plan and agreements for the work being performed by the school district's remediation contractor, and developed an eight school mitigation grant that returned $2,300,000 to the school district for repairs.
ZHA provided a cost estimate for the replacement of destroyed classroom buildings, and provided clerk of the works to evaluate the planning and execution of the replacement of 84 portable classrooms that were destroyed. We also provided technical support for a four school Shelter Retrofit Emergency Generator Grant.
School District of Martin County: ZHA provided program/project management staff extension services to manage the repairs to 29 district schools. ZHA provided facility condition assessments, managed design services where needed, coordinated bidding, scheduling, construction contract administration, FF&E procurements and value engineering.
ZHA evaluated all FEMA Project Worksheets (PW) for appropriate scope of work and cost. ZHA compared its detailed school damage assessment against each FEMA PW, and saved the school district hundreds of thousands of dollars. ZHA also provided technical support for an 11 school Shelter Retrofit Emergency Generator Grant.