Increased Opportunity Awaits 26 Graduates of Project Legacy’s Small Business Program

December 03, 2013

NEW ORLEANS – Thanks to a greater understanding of construction management, increased opportunities await the 26 local graduates of Project Legacy’s Construction Management University (CMU) Building Blocks program. The program's interactive course sessions have been offered since 2011 and are led by local industry experts and members of the Clark/McCarthy Healthcare Partners joint venture team, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ general contractor for the replacement medical center project known as Project Legacy.

This free, six-part construction management training series is designed to supplement the capabilities of New Orleans’ local, small, Veteran-owned, and disadvantaged business community and better prepare them to bid, win. and perform work on large construction projects. The program’s curriculum includes scheduling, submittals, federal contract compliance, construction document plan reading, and billing and change orders.

The program has been a benefit to both established and newer companies. The latest 26 graduates represent 17 companies including general contractors and subcontractors in the electrical, concrete, window coverings, relocation, low voltage, safety and general construction trades. In all, 75 members of the local business community have completed the CMU Building Blocks program since fall 2011.

One company that is putting the program’s lessons to good use is Gee Construction, LLC. This New Orleans-based economically disadvantaged, woman-owned, small business holds various contracts in and around the New Orleans area.

All of the classes were well organized and informative,” said Robyn Gee, CEO of Gee Construction, “the Government Compliance 101 class taught me the most...they didn't just talk about the OFCCP rules and regulations my company must comply with, they gave a compliance solution that's easy to understand and implement.” Moving forward, Gee plans to use lessons learned on compliance within her company's  own practices on projects of all sizes.

For Geraldine Prudhomme, President of equipment supplier Alliance Medical Equipment and Supplies, CMU Building Blocks is aiding her transition to larger government contracts.

The information was priceless to help and keep our company professional and, most of all, legal,” said Prudhomme. Alliance Medical Equipment and Supplies is a New Orleans-based small, disadvantaged, woman-owned business.

The Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System replacement medical center in New Orleans is transforming 12 city blocks into a state-of-the-art medical campus including buildings for inpatient, diagnostic and treatment, outpatient, transitional living and rehabilitation, administrative services, research and a central energy plant. The 1.6 million square-foot project also includes two 1000 vehicle parking structures totaling an additional 800,000 square feet.

Companies interested in participating in the next CMU Building Blocks Session can learn more about this session and future programs, as well as Project Legacy’s business opportunities, at http://www.vahospitalreplacement.com.

Clark/McCarthy Healthcare Partners is a joint venture of Clark Construction Group (www.clarkconstruction.com) and McCarthy Building Companies (www.mccarthy.com).