University Lakes Project Information

The University Lakes Project is being led through University Lakes, LLC. This LLC was established by the LSU Real Estate and Facilities Foundation, an affiliate of the LSU Foundation, to support efforts to restore the six lakes surrounding the LSU campus. This site will be used as an informational portal for initial University Lakes RFQ/RFP information and materials for designers and contractors.

Exciting changes are coming to the University Lakes! 

HERE ARE TWO WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED TODAY:

University Lakes CoMap Survey

Show Us Your University Lakes

If you had a magic wand, what would you CHANGE about the University Lakes? What areas do you feel are safe or not safe? Do you usually walk there, or bike? Tell us more about how you use the lakes today, and what you want to see improved in this 15-minute interactive mapping survey:

Fill Out the CoMap Survey

 

Share Your Lakes Story

Tell Us a Story

What’s your favorite memory at the lakes? Tell us your best flamingo-stealing, fish-catching, kayak-racing stories and see how others have experienced the University Lakes.

Share Your Lakes Story 

 


Press Release

Flood Risk Reduction Design Contractor Selected for University Lakes Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2021

Baton Rouge, La. – The Project Management Committee for the University Lakes Project has awarded a contract for flood risk reduction design services, marking the fourth and final professional services contract for this project.

Stantec was selected to deliver flood risk reduction design services for the project. Responsibilities will include hydrologic and soils data analysis, hydrologic model development, dredging methods and dredge modeling development, earthwork modeling, water quality enhancement and preparing a project construction and implementation plan. This work will occur in coordination with the three consultants that were selected in December 2020: Sasaki, GeoEngineers and Fenstermaker.

Stantec was selected based on its response to a public request for proposals to initiate the restoration of the six lakes surrounding the LSU campus: City Park Lake, Erie Lake, College Lake, Campus Lake, University Lake and Crest Lake. RFQs were issued Dec. 17, 2020, with a response deadline of Jan. 21, 2021. In addition to Stantec, Anchor QEA and G.E.C. also submitted responses for consideration.

On Feb. 2, an evaluation team comprising representatives of each project partner reviewed and scored proposals submitted by the three firms. At the evaluation team’s request, the three firms delivered oral presentations virtually on Feb. 11. Following the oral presentations, the evaluation team finalized its ranking of the three consultant teams and made a recommendation to the Project Management Committee, which then made the final selection for the flood risk reduction design procurement. Together, Stantec, Sasaki, GeoEngineers and Fenstermaker will provide high quality professional skills and guidance to the University Lakes Project.

The coalition that was formed to restore the lakes includes the State of Louisiana, the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge, BREC, LSU and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, with a joint venture of Brailsford & Dunlavey and CSRS serving as project advisor. The University Lakes Project is being implemented by University Lakes, LLC, which was established by the LSU Real Estate and Facilities Foundation, an affiliate of the LSU Foundation.

Visit csrsinc.com/lakes for additional project information. Full responses from all three responders to the RFPs and the evaluation team’s scoring of these responses will be made available on this site and updates on the progress of the University Lakes Project will continue to be released publicly.

 

Contact:

James Taylor, AICP
Franklin Associates
225-768-9060
james@franklinassoc.com

or

Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations
225-578-5685
eballa1@lsu.edu

More news and information can be found on LSU’s media center, www.lsu.edu/mediacenter


Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

University Lakes, LLC, a single-member entity created and controlled by LSU Real Estate and Facilities Foundation (“REFF”) is seeking experienced contractors to support the implementation of the University Lakes Project by issuing one (1) Request for Qualifications:

FLOOD RISK REDUCTION DESIGN SERVICES
ADDENDUM 1 – FLOOD RISK REDUCTION DESIGN SERVICES

Proposal Submittals:

Stantec: Technical Proposal  | Presentation
GEC:  Technical Proposal  |  Presentation
Anchor QEA:  Technical Proposal  | Presentation


Press Release

Contractors Selected for University Lakes Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 11, 2020

Baton Rouge, La. – The Project Management Committee for the University Lakes Project has awarded contracts for master design services, geotechnical data collection and sediment sampling, and bathymetric and stump identification survey services.

Sasaki was selected to deliver master design services for all phases of the project; responsibilities will include scheduling the related plan of work. GeoEngineers was selected for geotechnical data collection and sediment sampling. Fenstermaker was selected to conduct the bathymetric and stump identification survey.

Sasaki, GeoEngineers and Fenstermaker were selected based on their responses to public requests for proposals to initiate the restoration of the six lakes surrounding the LSU campus: City Park Lake, Erie Lake, College Lake, Campus Lake, University Lake and Crest Lake. RFPs were issued Oct. 16, 2020, with a response deadline of Nov. 20, 2020. On Dec. 10, an evaluation team comprising representatives of each project partner made recommendations to the Project Management Committee, which made final selections related to all three procurements. The project partners and Project Management Committee are excited to begin working with these exemplary firms and are confident they will provide high-quality professional skills and guidance to the University Lakes Project.

The coalition that was formed to restore the lakes includes the State of Louisiana, the City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge, BREC, LSU and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, with a joint venture of Brailsford & Dunlavey and CSRS serving as project advisor. The University Lakes Project is being implemented by University Lakes, LLC, which was established by the LSU Real Estate and Facilities Foundation, an affiliate of the LSU Foundation.

Visit csrsinc.com/lakes for additional project information. Full responses from all 19 responders to the RFPs and the evaluation team’s scoring of these responses will be made available on this site and updates on the progress of the University Lakes Project will continue to be released publicly.

 

Contact:

James Taylor, AICP
Franklin Associates
225-768-9060
james@franklinassoc.com

or

Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations
225-578-5685
eballa1@lsu.edu

More news and information can be found on LSU’s media center, www.lsu.edu/mediacenter


Press Release

Proposals Received for University Lakes Project
Notice of Intent to Award Anticipated Mid-December

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2020

Baton Rouge, La. – University Lakes, LLC has received 19 professional proposals in response to three requests for proposals focused on beginning to restore the six lakes surrounding the LSU campus: City Park Lake, Erie Lake, College Lake, Campus Lake, University Lake and Crest Lake. University Lakes, LLC was established by the LSU Real Estate and Facilities Foundation, an affiliate of the LSU Foundation, to implement the University Lakes Project.

RFPs for master design services, geotechnical data collection and sediment sampling, and bathymetric and stump identification survey were issued October 16, 2020, with a response deadline of November 20, 2020.

The four responders to the RFP for bathymetric and stump identification survey were BFM Corporation, Fenstermaker, Forte & Tablada and NTB Associates. The 10 responders to the RFP for geotechnical data collection and sediment sampling were Ardaman & Associates, Fugro, GeoEngineers, Gulf South Engineering and Testing, Premier Geotech and Testing, Southern Environment Management & Specialties (SEMS), Southern Earth Sciences, Inc. (SESI), S&ME, Inc., The Beta Group and Thompson Engineering. The five responders to the RFP for master design services were SWA + Carbo Team, Design Workshop, OJB Landscape Architecture, Sasaki Associates and SCAPE Landscape Architecture/Stantec.

An evaluation team comprising representatives of each project partner will make recommendations to the Project Management Committee, which will make final selections related to all three procurements. Selections will be announced publicly once all proposers have been notified. Full responses are being kept confidential at this time to preserve the integrity of the competitive bid process.

Upon completion of the design phase for the University Lakes Project, the initial phase of construction will begin and is scheduled to start in fall 2021. It will include deepening and reshaping of City Park, Erie, Campus and College Lakes, as well as pedestrian and bicycle path improvements around City Park and Campus Lakes.

Updates on the progress of the University Lakes Project will continue to be released publicly. The coalition that was formed to restore the lakes includes the State of Louisiana, the City of Baton Rouge, BREC, LSU and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. These project partners have initiated outreach efforts with the surrounding communities, as well as other communities in the greater Baton Rouge area, all of which will enjoy the benefits of these six lakes serving as a major destination for families and recreation enthusiasts.

The University Lakes Project is a major contributor to stimulating and supporting the economic growth of Baton Rouge and providing local jobs. Additional project information is available at the project website: csrsinc.com/lakes.

 

Contact:

James Taylor, AICP
Franklin Associates
225-768-9060
james@franklinassoc.com

or

Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations
225-578-5685
eballa1@lsu.edu

More news and information can be found on LSU’s media center, www.lsu.edu/mediacenter


Thank You for Attending!

Thank you for attending the University Lakes Project Virtual Public Meeting on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. If you were not able to attend, please click the link below to view a recording of the webinar.

 

Submit questions to lakesinfo@csrsinc.com

 


2016 Master Plan & Phase Improvements Presentation

MASTER PLAN Info
PHASE ONE IMPROVEMENTS

 


Request for Proposals

University Lakes, LLC, a single-member entity created and controlled by LSU Real Estate and Facilities Foundation (“REFF”) is seeking experienced contractors to support the implementation of the University Lakes Project by issuing three (3) Request for Proposals:

MASTER DESIGN SERVICES
ADDENDUM 1 – MASTER DESIGN SERVICES
ADDENDUM 2 – MASTER DESIGN SERVICES

Proposal Submittals:

Design Workshop: Technical Proposal  |  Cost Proposal  |  Presentation
OJB Landscape Architecture:  Technical Proposal  |  Cost Proposal
Sasaki:  Technical Proposal  |  Cost Proposal  |  Presentation
SCAPE-Stantec:  Technical Proposal  |  Cost Proposal  |  Presentation
SWA-Carbo:  Technical Proposal  |  Cost Proposal  |  Presentation

OFFICIAL SCORE SHEET


GEOTECHNICAL DATA COLLECTION AND SEDIMENT SAMPLING
ADDENDUM 1 – GEOTECHNICAL DATA COLLECTION AND SEDIMENT SAMPLING
ADDENDUM 2 – GEOTECHNICAL DATA COLLECTION AND SEDIMENT SAMPLING

Proposal Submittals:

Ardaman: Technical Proposal Cost Proposal
Fugro: Technical Proposal  |  Cost Proposal
GeoEngineers: Technical Proposal  |  Cost Proposal
Gulf South: Technical Proposal  |  Cost Proposal
Premier Geotech: Technical Proposal  |  Cost Proposal
SEMS: Technical Proposal  |  Cost Proposal
SESI: Technical Proposal  |  Cost Proposal
SME, Inc.: Technical Proposal  |  Cost Proposal
The Beta Group: Technical Proposal  |  Cost Proposal
Thompson Engineering: Technical Proposal  |  Cost Proposal

OFFICIAL SCORE SHEET


BATHYMETRIC AND STUMP IDENTIFICATION SURVEY
ADDENDUM 1 – BATHYMETRIC AND STUMP IDENTIFICATION SURVEY

Proposal Submittals:

BFM Corp: Technical Proposal  |  Cost Proposal
Fenstermaker: Technical Proposal Cost Proposal
Forte and Tablada: Technical Proposal  |  Cost Proposal
NTB Associates: Technical Proposal  |  Cost Proposal

OFFICIAL SCORE SHEET

 


University Lakes Project Set to Restart

Phase I to Begin September 2020

Baton Rouge, La. – The University Lakes Project is slated to resume in September, restarting progress to rehabilitate the six lakes surrounding the LSU campus: City Park Lake, Erie Lake, College Lake, Campus Lake, University Lake, and Crest Lake. The University Lakes Project is a major contributor to stimulating and supporting the economic growth of Baton Rouge and providing local jobs.

A coalition of state, local and university officials was formed in fall 2019 to restore the lakes. Partners include the State of Louisiana, the City of Baton Rouge, BREC, LSU and the LSU Athletics Department, and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. University Lakes LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the LSU Real Estate and Facilities Foundation, is issuing the contracts and will oversee work that includes dredging all six lakes, building a bridge at May Street, and building sidewalks and bike paths around the lakes.

In January 2020, LSU REFF selected a joint venture of Brailsford & Dunlavey and CSRS as the project advisor for the University Lakes Project. Progress was temporarily suspended in spring 2020 while partners prioritized maintaining the health and wellness of the community during the pandemic. In response to the evolving impact of COVID-19, the initiative will occur in phases. Funding is in place to move forward with Phase I, the scope of which includes due diligence and design efforts for all six lakes that will commence by the end of 2020.

Project partners are finalizing cooperative endeavor agreements to present to both the Metro Council and the BREC Commission at their upcoming September meetings. A grant agreement will be executed with the Louisiana Division of Administration Office of Community Development for Community Development Block Grant Mitigation funds to support the next phase of work. A Request for Proposals for the due diligence and design work will be issued shortly thereafter.

“We are pleased to do our part to ensure this important project moves forward. This is a great step for the City of Baton Rouge and the entire parish,” said Mayor Sharon Weston Broome.

BREC Superintendent Corey Wilson echoed her sentiments: “The COVID-19 pandemic has absolutely highlighted the importance of trails and parks in our community and we are excited to see this work proceed.  The lakes area, including Milford Wampold Memorial Park and City-Brooks Community Park, is one of the most utilized recreational areas in the parish and these improvements will create a truly special place for people to gather, enjoy the outdoors and be active.”

Upon completion of the design phase, the initial phase of construction will begin, on schedule to start in fall 2021. It will include deepening and reshaping City Park, Erie, Campus and College Lakes as well as pedestrian and bicycle path improvements around City Park and Campus Lakes.

“The Lakes are not only important to LSU, but to the entire state of Louisiana. We are excited to be part of the endless possibilities this project brings to our community,” said LSU Interim President Thomas C. Galligan Jr.

“While the University Lakes project temporarily took a back seat to our joint work on protecting the community’s health, the state of Louisiana is fully committed to seeing this worthwhile project come to fruition,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Updates on the progress of the University Lakes Project will continue to be released publicly. Project partners will soon initiate outreach efforts with the surrounding communities, as well as other communities in the greater Baton Rouge area, which will enjoy the benefits of these six lakes serving as a major destination for families and recreation enthusiasts.


 

Project Management Committee

Voting Members:

State
Jay Dardenne, Commissioner of Administration
Mark Moses, Assistant Commissioner, Director, Office of Facility Planning & Control
Shawn Wilson, Secretary, Department of Transportation & Development

LSU
Donna Torres, Interim EVP/CFO (effective 11/15/20)
Scott Woodward, Athletic Director

City-Parish
Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President
Fred Raiford, Director, Department of Transportation & Drainage

BREC
Corey Wilson, Superintendent
Reed Richard, Assistant Superintendent of Planning


Non-Voting Members:

LSU Real Estate & Facilities Foundation
Rob Stuart, Chairman & Project Management Committee Chair
Gary Graphia, Director & Project Management Committee Vice Chair

Baton Rouge Area Foundation
John Spain, Executive Vice President

Community Representatives
Carolyn Moore
George Bayhi

Advisors
Pat Forbes, Director, Louisiana Office of Community Development
Chip Kline, Chair, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
Rick McGimsey, Executive Counsel, Louisiana Division of Administration
Patrick Martin, Assistant Vice President for Real Estate, Public Partnerships, and Compliance, LSU
Carlton (Trey) Jones, Deputy General Counsel, LSU
Tracy Morganti, LSU external counsel
Robert Abbott, East Baton Rouge Assistant Parish Attorney
Leu Anne Greco, VP/General Counsel, LSU Foundation & LSU REFF Secretary