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    Detroit Public Schools maximized local participation hiring Detroit residents and businesses to work on the $500.5 million Capital Improvement Program

    Detroit— Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy S. Roberts today announced the Bond Construction Program has exceeded average regional participation goals by hiring more Detroit businesses and Detroit residents to work skilled trades and non-trade jobs for the third consecutive and final year of the $500.5 million Capital Improvement Program that is building new and upgrading DPS facilities and demolishing closed and unsafe structures.

    More than 60% of all subcontracts were awarded to Detroit-headquartered businesses and more than 50% of all worker hours were performed by Detroit residents, a mark that well exceeds the regional average goal of 25% to 45%.

    Over the course of the three-year Bond Construction Program, 62% of all subcontracts were awarded to Detroit-headquartered companies. Detroit-headquartered White Construction and their joint venture partner, Turner Construction, have achieved the highest Detroit subcontractor inclusion at 89%. Their workforce is building the new $28.1 million Munger PreK to 8 School which will open for school this fall. Clark’s / Demaria, who completed a $3.8 million renovation at Beckham Academy, and Tooles / Clark, who is building a new $46.3 million East English Village Preparatory Academy on the former Finney High School campus, followed close behind with an 83% inclusion rate.

    Detroit resident architects, engineers, project managers, and other non-trade workers have performed over 58% of the total non-trade hours in the Bond Construction Program. The new Mackenzie PreK to 8 School being built by the MIG/Auch design-build team awarded 76% of non-trade hours to Detroit residents. The Munger PreK to 8 School design-build team of White / Turner hired 69% of its non-trade workforce from Detroit, followed closely by Colasanti / DCI and the 68% non-trade worker inclusion they achieved at Western International High School.

    “When taxpayers entrusted DPS with their support by overwhelmingly passing a bond issue for school construction, the district in turn made a commitment to not only build state of the art learning facilities but also to employ Detroiters while doing it,” Roberts said. “I made sure that my administration kept those promises, and I'm proud to say we beat average participation goals for our region by employing more Detroit workers and businesses, making this bond issue a success not only for our students but for our local economy and the city of Detroit.”

    At the onset of the Bond Construction Program in 2010, the Greater Detroit Building Trades Council and the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters entered into a Project Labor Agreement with DPS that was structured to maximize opportunities for Detroit residents. The PLA set an aggressive 65% participation goal that helped drive participation levels to far exceed the 25% to 45% historical regional averages.

    The unions have been active partners in the recruitment and engagement of Detroit residents throughout the Bond Construction Program. A Labor & Management Cooperation Committee was established to further maximize participation among Detroiters. Members of this committee included representatives of the unions, DPS, the Walbridge Joint Venture, and a contractor representative.

    Detroit residents performed 51% of all skilled trade hours in the Bond Construction Program, a mark that well exceeds the regional average goal of 25% to 45%. With aggressive goals, Detroit resident electricians, masons, carpenters, and other skilled trade workers have performed 67% of the total trade hours by the Tooles / Clark design-build team at East English Village Preparatory Academy. Four more projects at Bunche Elementary Middle School, Mackenzie PreK to 8 School, Northwestern High School, and the demolition of old Cass Tech have achieved Detroit resident trade worker inclusion rates over 60%.

    The Bond Construction Program has also employed 209 DPS students as part of the successful Summer Student Worker Program.
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