PA ID# 000-92040; University of California Los Angeles
DSR ID# Multiple; Stunt Ranch Restoration Project
Citation: FEMA-1005-DR-CA, P.A. 000-92040, University of California-Los Angeles, DSRs 44709/09789, 44710/09790, 44711/09791, 17198, 44708/09788 and 83713/09792, Stunt Ranch Restoration Project
Cross reference: Time Extension, Project Performance
Summary: Stunt Ranch was a five-building complex that was destroyed by fire during the 1005-DR event. The DSRs listed above were prepared to provide funding to restore the pre-disaster design and function of the complex. In the approximately 5.5 years that have passed since the disaster, there has been a change in subgrantees, modifications to the scope of work and corresponding adjustments to eligible estimated funding, and various appeals. However, the eligible disaster-related work has remained substantively unchanged. By letter dated May 21, 1998, the University requested a time extension until the spring of 1999. On August 31, 1998, FEMA advised the University that its request was not sufficiently supported, but provided an opportunity to submit additional documentation. The University submitted its first appeal on
September 30, 1998, summarizing its efforts to obtain FEMA funding for various site alterations and improvements at the Stunt Ranch location and discussing geotechnical concerns affecting the site. Instead of submitting plans and specifications as requested, the University included a construction cost model and a generic project schedule indicating that construction would begin in the summer of 1999. On November 4, 1998, FEMA notified the University that its request for a time extension was not justified. The University submitted its second appeal on March 30, 1999. It claims that FEMA caused delays in project performance.
Issues: Has the University sufficiently supported its request for a time extension based on extenuating circumstances or unusual project requirements beyond its control?