AECOM, the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, announced today its joint venture with Corporate Environmental Risk Management (CERM), a minority owned and operated engineering, environmental, and program management firm, was awarded a contract by DeKalb County School District to perform program management services for its Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST) VI Capital Improvement Program. This marks the third consecutive contract AECOM has held with the District in this capacity, first serving as its program manager in 2012. In addition, AECOM and CERM have partnered on program management assignments for the District since 2012.

“We’ve been honored to serve as DeKalb County School District’s program manager for ten years and look forward to continuing to perform to a high level of technical excellence in this role,” said Bane Gaiser, chief executive of AECOM’s U.S. East and Latin America region. “We’re especially proud to partner with CERM, capitalizing on the success and momentum from our previous work together and leveraging our existing experience, knowledge of District processes, and alignment with various public and project stakeholders throughout the Atlanta region to together deliver equity, quality, and value across this program.”

The joint venture will serve as an integral member of the District’s capital improvement team by delivering program management services for modifications, renovations, additions, and new construction projects that address safety and security upgrades, technology enhancements, and vehicle and equipment improvements. The joint venture’s services are expected to include cost management, scheduling, design standards review, quality and risk management, contract administration, technology integration, and project and program controls and reporting.

“Through our efforts managing assignments for hundreds of K-12 school programs across the country, we’ve developed proven approaches focused on collaboration, communication, and cost-consciousness,” said Chris McDermott, senior vice president and lead of AECOM’s U.S. East and Latin America Program and Project Management business. “These best practices help guide our outcome-driven solutions that prioritize our clients’ overall program goals while optimizing capital investments. We’re pleased to bring this depth of experience to support the DeKalb County School District’s vision of inspiring a community of learners to achieve educational excellence.”

Serving 93,000 students, DeKalb County School District is the third largest in Georgia. Its Capital Improvement Program prioritizes meeting the teaching and learning needs of its students through safe and healthy learning environments. This includes facility equity, diversity, and inclusion, with a focus on providing sustainable innovations and learning principles to promote academic opportunity.

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