NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  LSU Real Estate and Facilities Foundation

The recipient entity's physical address:
           3796 Nicholson Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           3796 Nicholson Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          LSU Foundation

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  0408

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $37,000,000

What type of request is this?  Capital Outlay Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Robert M. Stuart, Jr. – Chairman/Executive Director
3796 Nicholson Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Karen DeBlieux - Director
Capital One
201 St. Charles Avenue, 29th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70170

Gary P. Graphia - Director
400 Convention Street, Suite 700
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Charles Landry - Director
5112 Trottoir St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

James E. Maurin - Director
109 Northpark Boulevard, Suite 300
Covington, LA 70433

W. Clinton Rasberry, Jr. - Director
800 Spring Street, Suite 211
Shreveport, LA 71101-3757

Ronald J. Sholes - Director
701 Poydras Street # 4500
New Orleans, LA 70130

Clarence P. Cazalot, Jr. - ex officio Director
990 Stanford Avenue # 250
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Daniel T. Layzell - ex officio Director
3810 West Lakeshore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Tony Lombardo - ex officio Director
212 B Facility Services Building
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Kate Spikes - Treasurer
3796 Nicholson Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Leu Anne Greco - Secretary
3796 Nicholson Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           Restoration and improvement of the six lakes adjacent to LSU campus and City Park, by deepening the lakes, improving water quality, and creating shoreline infrastructure, through a collaborative effort by the State, LSU, City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge, and the Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge.
These lakes are an iconic symbol for LSU and the State Capitol city, as well as heavily used recreational areas. Constructed in the 1920’s with the timbering of old Perkins Swamp and the damming of Bayou DuPlantier, the lake system comprises six urban lakes (University, City Park, Campus, College, Crest and Erie Lakes) with a cumulative area of approximately 275 acres. City Park Lake and Lake Erie are owned by the City-Parish of East Baton Rouge, while Campus, College, University and Crest Lakes are owned by Louisiana State University. LSU’s four lakes combined account for approximately three quarters of the total lake acreage. Over the past decades, the lakes have deteriorated significantly as a result of excessive nutrient accumulation, shallow depth and poor water quality. The lakes have been damaged by vast nutrient polluting in past years due to community development and expansion around the Lakes. These conditions have led to decreased water quality conditions, low oxygen levels
and high water temperatures resulting in poor fishery and wildlife habitat and periodic fish kills. In addition, the water in all six lakes
is repeatedly clouded with algae. These algal blooms and exposed sediment are unsightly and result in obnoxious odors. The lakes have become shallow. A 2014 engineering report concluded that state-owned University Lake, the largest lake in the system (196 acres), has an average depth of approximately 4 ft. City Park Lake, the second largest lake in the system (54 acres), has an average depth of 2.8 ft., more than 2 ft. below the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries average depth requirement of 5 ft., the depth deemed necessary to improve water quality and support aquatic life. A 2008 report by the Army Corps of Engineers concluded that if no action is taken the lakes will continue to fill in with sediment and organic matter, resulting in even shallower depths; the water quality will continue to decline, resulting in increased fish kills and fewer recreational resources; and the fisheries and wildlife habitats within the lakes system will continue to degrade, resulting in decreased wildlife population and diversity. The lake system is located within the Mississippi Flyway, considered a major transit way for approximately 40% of all North American migratory waterfowl and shorebirds. Various waterfowl using the Lakes include mallards, wood ducks, ring-neck
ducks, gadwalls and assorted domestic ducks. Belted kingfishers, the great blue heron, snowy egret and white pelicans also frequent the lakes in winter months. Erosion along the banks of the lakes will also continue to increase, causing even more dangerous road and recreational trail conditions for users of the lakes. The lakes provide recreational opportunities for sailboats, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, fishing, jogging, walking and bicycling, and are a unique setting for recreational bird watchers and students studying waterfowl. Increasing water depth would also create a competitive venue for LSU rowing teams. The Baton Rouge and LSU communities, as well as hundreds of visitors, take advantage of these recreational opportunities on a daily basis. All of these uses are significantly and negatively impacted by the poor condition of the lakes.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Professional Services. . . $4,000,000
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $44,000,000
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $0

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          REFF supports LSU by providing strategic direction and leadership to facilitate all areas of real estate and facilities management, including project development, design and construction, and by developing, expanding and improving LSU's usefulness to the citizens of Louisiana.
The LSU Board of Supervisors may request REFF project facilitation upon finding REFF assistance will promote: (1) Material savings in project costs or avoidance of material financial risk or loss; (2) Project completion by a specific date is critical; (3) Consistency in quality and appearance of proposed improvements; (4) Expedited maintenance or repair for safety or prevention of damage; or (5) Other substantial and material benefit to LSU.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          To facilitate development and completion of capital projects as public/private partnerships in a manner that (1) promotes communication and coordination among LSU, the campus unit(s) benefiting from the project, REFF, designers and contractors; (2) procures high quality goods and services for the project at competitive prices through fair and appropriate processes; and (3) provides efficient administration and timely completion of projects.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           24 months

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship? 

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:
                 LSU Board of Supervisors
3810 West Lakeshore Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:
               Most projects undertaken by REFF utilize a ground lease or use agreement with LSU, followed by a donation or facilities lease of the completed improvements to LSU. Currently active projects utilizing this model include student housing facilities on the Baton Rouge campus and at LSU-E and LSU-S; similar contractual arrangements are anticipated for pending projects at LSU-A.

Contact Information
name:  Leu Anne Greco 
                                       address:  3796 Nicholson Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

                                       phone:  225.578.0525
                                       relationship to entity:  Secretary