In 2012, a ballot initiative passed in Baton Rouge to expand the local funding for the Baton Rouge Capital Area Transit System (CATS). This additional funding came with increased public scrutiny and vastly expanded service requirements. TMG Consulting was hired to evaluate the immediate needs of the agency’s management and provide an actionable plan to ensure that the agency would be ready to transition into its expanded transit role. TMG met with the Board to fully understand their goals and concerns and then executed extensive outreach to staff and stakeholders to assess the additional resources that would be required to grow a transit system in less than 2 years.

TMG provided the Board with a peer agency analysis to demonstrate the agency’s base line condition with current staffing and funding levels compared to transit agencies that resembled the level of service and operations CATS anticipated to implement by the year 2014. Finally, TMG Consulting identified a range of management alternatives and case studies available to CATS to deliver the additional transit service including fully contracted, partially contracted, and direct employment alternatives. TMG was able to act efficiently to provide this in-depth analysis within 6 weeks so that the Board would be fully informed and prepared to take action.


In June of 2010, the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office began construction on the first phase of its $300 million recovery project. Inundated and destroyed by the waters of Hurricane Katrina, OPSO is rebuilding the entire Orleans Parish Prison complex, including administration offices, an intake and processing center, inmate housing, kitchens, warehousing, and plant operations. TMG has been integral in helping the Sheriff’s Office navigate a myriad of local regulations, and in representing the Sheriff’s plan to legislative bodies, public regulatory agencies, and neighborhood organizations. TMG has also provided engineering and design analyses for the project, and forensic analysis of the complicated land ownership issues going back 200 years. The second phase of development is slated to commence in early 2011, and the entire project will be completed by late 2013.


TMG performed a highest and best use study on a parcel of land located in Biloxi, Mississippi. The study reviewed zoning restrictions on the property as well as the demographic characteristics of the area surrounding the property. TMG evaluated the feasibility of various uses allowed by the zoning code based on the property’s ability to support them and the community’s demand for them. Finally, TMG made recommendations regarding the highest and best use of the property.


TMG provided contract administration services for LG Design during the demolition of the Wirth Building in New Orleans, Louisiana. This demolition was the first phase of the New Orleans Bio-innovation Center project. Services included the monitoring of the contractor to ensure conformance with specifications, safety requirements and the site security program. TMG provided the owner with progress reports and processed payment applications on the owner’s behalf.


As a sub-consultant to CH2M HILL, TMG oversaw the clean up of the Folgers Coffee Plant which was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. TMG oversaw the removal of contaminants from the processing equipment by the contracted cleaning crews. TMG also monitored the removal and disposal of contaminated Folgers’ products.


After Katrina, Louisiana’s highway right-of-ways were littered with debris. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LDOTD) hired TMG to oversee the removal of debris from the right-of-ways under its jurisdiction. TMG monitored debris haulers as they arrived on site to remove debris and issued chain-of-possession documents which were presented to LDOTD/FEMA officials at the dump site in order to ensure the origin of the debris being dumped.


TMG prepared a Joint Development Solicitation for the sale or lease of the Arabella Streetcar Barn in New Orleans, Louisiana. TMG assisted the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) with the evaluation of the proposals and subsequent negotiations with the successful proposer. As a result of this process, RTA sold the Arabella Streetcar Barn for $3 million to a high-end retail developer that assured the preservation of this historical landmark. In 2002, the developer opened the facility with a food store as well as a historical exhibit featuring the Arabella Streetcar Barn and Magazine Streetcar Line. New single-family homes have been constructed on the back half of the site to help minimize the impact of the development on the surrounding neighborhood.


TMG Consulting completed a Master Plan for the Mississippi River Road Commission. The plan encompasses the historical sites between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana. Working closely with the Department of Transportation and Development, members of the River Road Commission, and the communities along the river, TMG successfully completed a Master Plan that lays out what is needed to preserve the many historical sites and to encourage and promote tourism. Sites were cataloged, evaluated and researched for historical importance and preservation priority. TMG, working with the Commission, laid out a plan that allows it to work with the local governments, the State of Louisiana, local industry and the various federal agencies to meet the goals of the Commission. The plan includes operational elements as well as capital improvements in the historic corridor.


Maynard Batture Venture (MBV) sued Jefferson Parish after it denied the firm a rezoning of certain property it owned between the Mississippi River levee and the water’s edge (“batture”). Allegedly, MBV desired this zoning change so that it would be able to conduct docking (“fleeting”) operations for barges adjacent to residential areas. TMG provided expert witness services to show that Jefferson Parish was within the law in denying the rezoning based on the police power of local government as well as the doctrine against spot zoning. Spot zoning is inconsistent with maintaining zones of similar land uses and the police power allows the local government to prohibit noxious uses for the public’s welfare. The trial court, court of appeals, and the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled in favor of Jefferson Parish.


As a sub-consultant to Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc., TMG provided contract administration services for the redevelopment of the Fischer Public Housing Development. TMG’s duties included field monitoring of the contractors’ work as well as management of shop drawings/data/information/invoice submittals and the Request for Information and change order processes. The work included demolition of existing infrastructure and construction of new roads and utilities.


Since July of 2006, TMG has been working with the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans to restore its facilities following the impacts of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The work involves analyzing operating systems, primarily water pumping and power generation, developing task items, impacted equipment lists and project scopes to guide the priority and sequence of repair and mitigation projects.

TMG is also providing on-site technical support to the Boiler Operations and Water Pumping and Turbines sections, applying 50 years of combined experience. TMG is working with Board staff to coordinate project worksheets, cost assessments and eligibility analysis for the Sewerage and Water Board's application for grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Work is on-going to draft an operational assessment of Water Pumping and Power Department with recommendations on improvements.


TMG provided consulting services to the City of New Orleans for 8 years to implement the city's Capital Improvement Program. TMG was involved in many aspects of the Capital Improvement Program from conception to implementation.

The Rebuild New Orleans Now! program was a 5-year project of former New Orleans Mayor Marc H. Morial and the New Orleans City Council that pledged $300 million in bond revenues to the revitalization of New Orleans' streets, playgrounds, parks and public buildings. Some of the more notable projects included the expansion of the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center and the reconstruction of the Tchopitoulas Transportation Corridor -- the main vehicular access route to the Port of New Orleans' Mississippi River Wharves. These infrastructure improvements attracted new jobs, industries, businesses and residents to the city.


TMG provided Program Management Services to the Downtown Development District for the Canal Street Improvement Project. This $15 million project significantly changes the character of the City of New Orleans’ main street. Thirty-seven blocks in the heart of downtown will be completely reconstructed including new granite sidewalks, enhanced lighting and palm trees. TMG’s Program Management Services include financial, design and construction management.

The project will be funded by two city agencies -- The Canal Street Development Corporation (CSDC) committing part of its revenue stream to issue bonds and The Downtown Development District (DDD). TMG assisted DDD with the CSDC bond issue by providing coordination services and by preparing the project budget. The complicated construction phasing and scheduling requires coordination with the Regional Transit Authority, Sewerage and Water Board and Entergy (the electric company) to minimize the impact on the area’s businesses and traffic. Contractor productivity and timely project completion are of the utmost importance.

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