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Volume 4, Issue 45March 6, 2013
Technology making this clean energy source popular

Mary Scott NabersWind energy is getting more attention as the public sector focuses on sustainability. In particular, offshore wind production is an energy source to watch.

 

Countries in Asia and Europe have been leaders in exploring the untapped potential of offshore wind, but America is beginning to be active now as well.

 

Offshore wind is highly effective in generating energy because of the strength and consistency of coastal wind speeds but, implementing the technology has proven difficult for the United States because of a number of barriers. 

 

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IN THIS ISSUE
Congress to face highway fund woes
Ohio House passes $7.1B transportation bill
Upcoming education opportunities
Other contracting opportunities
Who's winning the contracts?
News about P3s
Odds & ends
Where are they now?
Opportunity of the week
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Transportation, highway fund next headache for Congress

 

Current highway bill will expire in 2014; possible new funding sources to be debated

Gas PumpingThe fiscal cliff has been avoided and sequestration has kicked in. The next big headline for Congress may well be transportation.

 

Although a new highway bill was passed by Congress last year, it expires in 2014. And finding a source of funding that will ensure the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund could be the next big task. They will be seeking to replace MAP-21, the bill that expires next year.

 

"This is a huge challenge we face, and it's a challenge that we have to solve," said Sen. Barbara Boxer, who heads the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee at a recent American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) conference.

 

When Congress does start debate, it will have several options. An increase in the gas tax doesn't set well with constituents, even though it hasn't increased in two decades. And the fund remains unstable because motor 

Sen. Barbara Boxer
Sen. Barbara Boxer

vehicles are more efficient and people are driving more and it is costing less or they are driving less because gas prices are high and the economy has soured.

 

Some other options members of Congress are likely to discuss include are a vehicle miles traveled fee or using royalties from gas and oil found on federal lands to help fund transportation. Neither has drawn much serious interest from members of Congress.

 

Boxer admits that some form of users paying for road maintenance and new infrastructure has to be kept as part of the plan. "Once we give up the idea of a fee-based system then we are in trouble," she said.

 

She said that although the current fuel tax mechanism cannot keep up with the need for reinvestment in the long run, the concept of users paying for the roads must be preserved. "Once we give up the idea of a fee-based system then we are in trouble."

 

Federal budget officials estimate that the Highway Trust Fund can meet its obligations through 2014, but the current fund was pieced together with pots of money from a variety of sources. The new legislation will need to include more stable funding.

 

Ohio House passes $7.1B transportation budget bill

 

To pay for infrastructure, highway maintenance, public safety needs

William Batchelder
William Batchelder

Saying the state's economy depends on a strong infrastructure to support economic development and population growth, Ohio House Speaker William G. Batchelder steered a $7.1 billion Transportation Budget Bill to passage recently in the Ohio House. Batchelder said the bill that passed the House "appropriates vital funding for Ohio's various infrastructure and public safety projects that will ultimately put Ohio in a better position to grow, develop and compete in a highly competitive national economy."

 

The legislation provides funding for four state agencies that collectively are responsible for construction and maintenance of the state highway system, funding for local infrastructure and public safety.

 

Included in the bill is $5.6 billion for the Ohio Department of Transportation, $1.3 billion for the Ohio Department of Public Safety and a total of $136.8 billion to be shared by the Public Works Commission and the Development Services Agency. In proposing the funding, the legislation was based around an overall perception that federal funding will continue to be flat, construction costs are on the increase and there will likely be only moderate growth in the state motor fuel tax revenues.

 

Because a federal highway bill is not likely to increase funds headed to the states, many are saying that infrastructure projects at the state level will have to depend on project financing such as tolls and public-private partnerships.

 

May 2013 Texas Bond Results

Upcoming education opportunities

 

Major school construction planned in Tacoma district

A recently approved $500 million bond election will finance major school construction projects in Tacoma. As early as June, work will begin on the Washington-Hoyt Elementary School. Part of the project includes the consolidation of Washington and its satellite school, Hoyt, which is located a few blocks away. Both are historic structures, but Hoyt does not carry the historical significance of the Washington building. The Washington school, built in 1906, is on the city, state and national historic registers. The estimated cost of the Washington-Hoyt project is $28 million. Two other schools of historical significance will also be reconstructed. The exterior architecture of the schools will be preserved while transforming the interiors into modern classroom space. Included in the projects for Washington includes accessibility features, a covered playground and moving the school's main entrance. An addition to the school that was put in place in 1949 will be demolished, with a new structure added that will include a cafeteria, stage, gym, library and more classrooms. The newly renovated Washington building is expected to be open in September 2014.

 

New charter school, other capital projects planned in W. Hartford

Mark Overmyer-Velazquez
Mark Overmyer-Velazquez 

A new charter school is in the works in West Hartford, Connecticut, after the school board voted to include $45 million in its capital improvement plan for the campus, including recommending that the town council build a new facility to house the school. In addition to the new school, the capital improvement plan includes $250,000 for lights on fields at the two high schools, $250,000 in security upgrades and more than $3 million for other building maintenance project. Board member Mark Overmyer-Velazquez said the charter school was something the district "can't afford to not take advantage of." He also called the move "fiscally responsible." The decision of the board came after months of meetings and hearings with community members, and finally a 20-member committee recommended the new school. The town is eligible for reimbursement of up to 80 percent of the construction costs at the school. After those funds are reimbursed, the new 86,877-square-foot school will end up costing the town between $8 million and $17 million. It is now up to the town council to decide the fate of the project and how much of the town's budget will be allocated to the project.

 

UNC Charlotte plans $12.4 million in renovations to Belk Gym

An RFP has been issued by the University of North Carolina Charlotte for a construction manager-at-risk for renovations to Belk Gym. The RFP is seeking professional construction management services during portions of the design phase and, if the GMP is approved, during the construction of the project through trade contracts held by the construction manager. The Belk Gym was constructed in 1969 and houses various entities including the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation Services and Athletics.  It includes approximately 124,000 square feet and five floors. A major component of this design will be to significantly upgrade the building HVAC and pool ventilation/dehumidification system to include air handling unit replacements, air distribution modifications or replacement, controls upgrades from pneumatic to DDC and chilled water connection to Regional Utility Plant No. 1. The other parts of the project include improving teaching and faculty spaces, roof projects, improving accessibility and improvements to the swimming pool area. The budget for this project is $12.4 million.

 

Headlines from around the nation

 

Panel reveals shaky state of NJ's water, gas, power, transportation infrastructures

 

State unveils changes to come with I-4 widening 

 

(To view these stories, click here and look under "News Briefs.")

 

Other upcoming contracting opportunities

 

$3.3 million public works facility moving closer to construction

Barring a bad review by the Bar Harbor, Maine, planning board, a voter-approved $3.3 million public works complex in Hulls Cove could soon be under construction. The project was approved by voters in a bond issue last June. The highway department and water division would move from their current locations into the new facility. The project includes 11,200 square feet of garage space and 8,400 square feet of office space. The site would also house a more than 5,000-square-foot salt and sand shed and a 6,000-square-foot pole barn and new public metal recycling area. The highway department garage would have two, 26- X 36-foot bays and two 30- X 36-foot bays with small and large vehicle lifts. The water division would include six bays with each garage equipped with waste-oil burners for heat.

  

Capital projects in New Mexico headed to Senate for approval

Nearly $174 million in capital projects in New Mexico have been approved by the state House and the proposal is now headed to the Senate. Most of the financing would come from bonds backed by tax money from oil and natural gas production. Included in the funding is $13 million for new school buses, $6 million for new voting equipment and $10 million for water supply projects. The funding also would benefit higher education, with $6 million for construction of a new geology facility at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and $5 million for improvements to a math and science learning center at the University of New Mexico.

 

Georgia city issues RFP for storm water management facilities

Eva Galambos
Eva Galambos

An RFP has been released by the city of Sandy Spring, Georgia, for a qualified firm to design and develop storm water management facilities at the Marsh Creek Headwaters project site. Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos said the pond created would "complement surrounding green space" and not only help regulate storm water runoff but add beauty to the landscape. The project is part of a bigger proposal to improve watersheds that extend outside the City Center area. It will, when completed, improve downstream conditions of the watershed. The Marsh Creek Headwaters Preserve will be planned to include multi-use components, including a water feature, open green space and educational components designed to inform residents about water quality and sustainability. The mayor said storm water detention can be functional and beautiful. This project would also benefit developers, although they would still be required to address water quality on any re-developed parcels using infiltrative BMPs. 

 

Connecticut town seeks consultant to assist with development projects

Officials in the Town of Westport, Connecticut, are seeking a consultant firm to help plan major development projects for its downtown area. The consultant would advise on such issues as parking, streetscape, traffic, public restrooms and better use of the views of the Saugatuck River. The firm selected would be in charge of developing a Master Plan for Development and Implementation (MDPI) for the downtown area. Those who are considering responding have been asked to review the 2007 Plan of Conservation and Development and RTM subcommittee report on downtown priorities, three years of traffic studies and the South Western Regional Planning Agency, maps and a report from the Downtown Merchants Association. The MDPI, when completed, would be presented to the appropriate town authorities. The plan would then be used by the town to apply for state and federal grants for these kinds of projects.  

 

Highway project approved for Rochester, Minnesota

A second section of one of the busiest roads in Rochester, Minnesota, could soon undergo a second upgrade. In 2010, construction of 2nd Street Southwest from Highway 52 to downtown Rochester was completed. Another section of the road on the opposite side is up for upgrades now. The city council recently approved the $7 million project, which will now face assessment hearings and approval by the state before construction begins, probably in the spring. The city also is hoping to urbanize the street so it is more like the downtown area, with wider boulevards, landscaping, bus shelters and more. Officials say the changes not only will be good for businesses, but also enhance safety in the area. If construction begins in the spring, it could be completed by the end of the summer. Most of the cost of the project will be paid for through city sales tax revenues.

 

John Shine
John Shine

Citizens in city in Idaho anticipate $48 million wastewater project

A $48 million bond election is going before voters in Jerome, Idaho, to fund the city's wastewater treatment plant. "This is a growth vs. no growth decision," said Mayor John Shine, who said passing the bond issue should be left up to voters and not to the city council. The current wastewater treatment plant is near capacity and federal officials have been after the city to make improvements. The Council was split on the proposed new facility. There also was some concern that some industries require more wastewater capacity and substance removal than residential users. The election will be in May. 

 

Contracting Opportunities

Who's winning government contracts?

 

Check out these recent awards:

  • Alion Science and Technology has won a three-year, $183 million contract modification with the U.S. Air Force to provide lifecycle acquisition support to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Acquisition and the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Management Office.
  • HP Enterprise Services has won a $48 million contract with the Vermont Health Access Department to help the state of Vermont reach its health care reform goals by relocating the current Medicaid management information system to a modernized data center, upgrade call-center technology, provide claims processing, financial management, drug rebate processing, system maintenance and other services.
  • Rochelle Contracting Company Inc. has won a $4.25 million contract from the city of Florham Park, New Jersey, to construct the Elm Street Recreation Complex fields.
  • Manhattan Construction, Chris-Tel Construction and Casey Construction are teaming on a $42.5 million contract with Lee County, Minnesota, to renovate the Minnesota Twins spring training stadium, including a new practice field, a boardwalk around the existing park's outfield and renovations of the concessions, clubhouse, luxury suites and press box. Parking and seating will also be improved.
  • Horus Construction has been awarded a more than $13 million contract from the City of Charleston, South Carolina, for work on a new Charleston performing arts center. The contract is for masonry work, installation of more than 260,000 square feet of brick for the Gaillard Center project.
  • Judlau Contracting Inc. was awarded a $258.353 million contract by the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority for the station finishes, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, ancillary buildings and entrances for the future Second Avenue Subway 72nd Street Station.
  • Blair Construction, Inc. has won a $2,428,881 contract by the Brunswick County, Virginia, Board of Supervisors to renovate the historic courthouse.
  • McCarthy Mortenson Construction has been awarded a $40 million contract by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to build an 87,000-square-foot utility plant at the site of a $1.15 billion animal research lab in northeast Kansas.
  • Cubic Corp.'s Simulation Systems Division has won three five-year task order contracts from the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division totaling $298.5 million to develop instructor-led and instructor facilitated self-paced courseware for littoral combat ship training.
  • General Dynamics Electric Boat has won a five-year $215.5 million task order contract with the U.S. Navy to perform submarine safety program and intermediate submarine maintenance, including technical management, administrative and technical services, tools, equipment and facilities.
Collaboration Nation

News about public-private partnerships (P3)

 

Cotton Belt corridor to seek public-private partnership for funding

Bruce Glasscock
Bruce Glasscock

A public-private partnership will be sought as the means for financing the planning and building of the 62-mile Cotton Belt corridor, which would extend from Wylie to Fort Worth through Tarrant, Dallas and Collin counties in Texas.

 

The Plano City Council recently passed a resolution asking state lawmakers to create a special district along the corridor, which is necessary to allow a single-government entity to enter into a P3. The special district would include 13 cities. Plano, along with the cities of Richardson, Addison, Coppell and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit all now have approved similar resolutions. Plano City Manager Bruce Glasscock said the resolution does not necessarily support legislation that has been drafted, but shows the city's support for going to the next step in the process.

 

Last December, the North Texas Council of Governments was named the representative for the cities along the corridor in efforts to seek a P3 for the project. If the public-private partnership can be secured, the project could be completed as much as 25 years ahead of schedule.

 

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Odds & ends

 

Kansas

  • The city of Hays, Kansas, is seeking bids for the installation of floor covering related to the remodeling of the Public Works Building in the city.
  • The City of Fort Scott, Kansas, is accepting proposals for mowing and trimming of public and private properties during 2013. The sites will generally be locations that have been cited for violation of the City's vegetation nuisance ordinances. Services will be on an "as needed" basis and will have to be completed three days from notification. Applicants can submit bids for each of the following: small residential or commercial jobs requiring mowers less than 48" and trimming based on approximately 6,000 square feet or less; and large residential or commercial jobs requiring tractor and brush hog mower, trimming based on 6,000 square feet or per acre, per job.

Illinois 

  • Effingham County is seeking bids for roof replacement and interior and exterior upgrades.
  • The Madden Mental Health Center in Hines in Cook County is seeking bids for renovations for life safety compliance.

Missouri

  • The Missouri Department of Conservation is seeking bids for the printing and delivery the Natural Events Calendars.
  • The Missouri Division of Purchasing and Materials Management is seeking bids for the provision of janitorial services for state-leased buildings located in Sikeston, Missouri.

Ohio 

  • The Columbus Metropolitan Library is seeking bids for all labor, materials and services necessary for the proper completion of Parking Lot Repairs 2013 to various branch library parking lots located throughout Franklin County. The 2013 work is parking lot repairs including crack repairs, asphalt and sealing.
  • The Ohio Department of Administrative Services is seeking bids for food service management for the Ohio Peace Officer Training program. 

Iowa

  • Iowa State University is seeking bids for remodeling of the Coover Hall-Student Advising Center.
  • The University of Iowa Facilities Management Division is seeking bids for design and construction of a new West Campus residence hall valued at approximately $33.8 million. 
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Where are they now?
 Are you a government official who has moved into a new position or to a new agency? Did you recently retire? Were you recently named to an executive-level position at a state-supported college, university or community college? Have you secured a new job as superintendent of a public school? If so, we'd like to hear from you - and so would your friends and colleagues - for our "Where Are They Now" column. Just drop us a line at editor@spartnerships.com and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Michael Sprayberry.
  
Michael Sprayberry
Michael Sprayberry

Michael Sprayberry earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He served in the United States Marine Corps and the North Carolina Army National Guard for 25 years as a Field Artillery and Infantry Officer. He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College. In 2005, Sprayberry was appointed as deputy director for North Carolina Emergency Management, where he was responsible for overseeing the division's budget, as well as the emergency and human services, communications and field staff that work closely with local communities on disaster prevention and response. While a member of that division, Sprayberry was instrumental in the development and implementation of plans to ensure the safety of North Carolinians during disasters including the coastal region evacuation and sheltering plan, and the long-term-care facility disaster plan. North Carolina Department of Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan recently named Sprayberry as the director of North Carolina Division of Emergency Management. He replaces Doug Hoell, who recentlhy announced his retirement.

 

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'RFP Central'

 

Free listings offered for RFPs to public sector entities, nonprofits

ContractIn response to a suggestion by one of our readers, the Government Contracting Pipeline has begun a pilot program we're calling "RFP Central." Any public sector jurisdiction, from local to state government to public and higher education, as well as nonprofits and other quasi-governmental entities will be allowed to place their RFPs free on our "RFP Central" Web page. Each week, we will use this space to provide a link to the RFPs (and RFIs and RFQs) submitted. The only stipulation is that the RFP posting must be sent in one of two formats - as an original pdf or as a link to the posting of the RFP as it is hosted on your Web site. No other formats will be accepted. We'll try the program - a beta, if you will - to see if we can gauge reader interest in the proposal. Please send your RFP in one of the two formats mentioned previously to editor@spartnerships.com. This week's RFPs are listed. 

 

People

 

Dennis SmithCindy MartenRonald BrownWisconsin State Health Services Secretary Dennis Smith (top left) has stepped down from his post to take a job with a Washington law firm's health policy practice as a managing director, and Deputy Secretary Kitty Rhoades was elevated to the top spot. The San Diego Unified school board in California has named veteran elementary school principal Cindy Marten (top center) as the new district superintendent, replacing Bill Kowba, who announced he will not be seeking a renewal of his contract. Wayne State University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Ronald T. Brown (top right) has been named the lone finalist to fill the post of president of the University of North Texas at Dallas. The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has announced the appointment of Meredith Ward, who has spent more than seven years with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, as a senior policy analyst. The superintendent of the Ottawa, Kansas, schools, Dean Katt, has resigned his position, but plans to stay on with the district as a consultant through Oct 31, and Assistant Superintendent Brian Kraus will be interim superintendent.The Laguna Niguel, California, City Council has selected Rod Foster George Bickert Duane Nellis Marcia Somers from Colton in San Bernardino County as its new city manager. George Bickert (middle right), principal of Crownpoint High School in the Gallup-McKinley County School District, will become the new superintendent of the Ruidoso Municipal School District. M. Duane Nellis (middle center), president of the University of Idaho, has been named the sole finalist for the presidency of Texas Tech University. Marcia Somers (middle left), former assistant town manager of Danville, California, has been selected as the new Los Altos city manager. Palm Beach County Fire Marshal Jeff Collins has been promoted to fire chief following the retirement of Chief Steve Jerauld. Chad Fuller, current chief deputy auditor for Licking County, Ohio, has been hired as the new finance director for the city of New Albany, succeeding James Nicholson, who resigned to become finance director in Pataskala. The Croswell, Michigan, City Council has chosen Samuel Moore, community development director for Cass City, as the Croswell city administrator. The Wentzville, Missouri, School District Board of Education has approved the hiring of Pam Frazier Pam Frazier Dan Curia Terry Allison (bottom left) as chief financial officer for the 2013-14 school year, replacing Kari Monsees who was recently named the new superintendent of the Raymore-Peculiar School District. Dan Curia (bottom center), a 23-year veteran of the Durham, North Carolina, Fire Department, has been named to lead the department as its new chief. Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced the selection of Terry L. Allison (bottom right), provost and vice president of academic affairs at Governors State University in Illinois, as the new chancellor of the IU South Bend campus. Michael K. Sublett, fire chief in Hunstville, Alabama, has announced he will step down April 1, with Deputy Chief Howard "Mac" McFarlen to serve as interim chief. Winston-Salem (North Carolina) State University has hired Jamie B. Slater, director of institutional research at Queens University in Charlotte since 2008, to serve at its assistant provost for institutional effectiveness, assessment and sponsored research. Dale Weimaster, who joined the Russell, Kansas, Police Department as a patrolman in 1994 and named captain in 2009, has been named police chief, replacing Jon Quinday, who has been named city manager.

 

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National Public Employer Labor Relations conference set

The National Public Employer Labor Relations Association's 42nd Annual Training Conference has been set for April 7-11 at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio. The event will feature daily networking opportunities as well as exhibits. There will also be a variety of concurrent sessions. A pre-conference workshop will address "Managing the Marginal Employee Western Ways in Changing Behavior & Improving Performance" and the post-conference workshop will address "Preventing Workplace Harassment, Discrimination & Retaliation." Information on the agenda and registration are now available.

 

AGC 94th Annual Convention set in California in March

The Associated General Contractors of America will hold its 94th Annual Convention March 6-9 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Springs, California. Dr. Peter Diamandis, chair and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity, will be the keynote speaker for the opening general session. Other speakers include Michael Hayden, Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency; Andy Stefanovich, chief curator and provocateur at Prophet; and Matt McFadyen, adventurer and world-class storyteller who addresses adventure, leadership, team work, motivation and inspiration. The convention schedule is available for viewing and registration is now open. The convention program will focus on innovative ways to grow a business, with an emphasis on doing more with less. More information on the conference, including numerous sessions and activities is available.

 

TxDOT to host 2013 Small Business Briefings across Texas

The Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) Office of Civil Rights-Supportive Services Section will conduct briefing conferences around the state for small, minority- and women-owned businesses providing contract opportunities and information on how to do business with TxDOT and the state. Arlington is the location of the second of four briefings events being offered in fiscal year 2013. The day-long briefings include general industry sessions and specific information on how to do business in the construction, goods and services, information technology and professional engineering service industries. Breakout sessions will cover small and minority-owned business certifications, resources for business development, marketing for state contracts and information on TxDOT toll projects. Each briefing also includes a contracting opportunity fair, industry sessions and a multitude of networking opportunities. Please join us! Briefings include Wednesday, March 20, in Arlington; Tuesday, April 23, in Lubbock and Tuesday, June 11, in East Texas (location to be determined). To register, click here. For more information call 1-866-480-2518, Option 1. For questions regarding the Office of Civil Rights-DBE/HUB/SBE and Supportive Services programs, click here or call 512-486-5510.

 

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