|Volume 5, Issue 23||September 18, 2013|
P3 discussions, decisions occurring at increasing rate
America's Interstate highway system is only 2.5 percent of the nation's total miles of highway, but it handles more than 25 percent of all miles driven each year. It is a critical part of the infrastructure that drives the country. Without it, the continual transportation of goods would be significantly hampered.
But, America's dependence on these highways has resulted in disrepair at an increasingly rapid rate. There is now a growing need to repair, expand and upgrade almost every stretch of road
The Federal Highway Administration predicts usage will increase by almost 70 percent over the next two decades. And, the American Society of Civil Engineers, in a recent report, project improvement costs at $79 billion annually. Both predictions are frightening!
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| Unsolicited proposal leads Florida DOT to issue RFP|
State hopes taking project to private sector will ensure best price, value
An unsolicited proposal from a private company for a tolled east-west belt route on the north side of Tampa has led the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to seek competitive bids for the project. The proposed toll road in Florida originated as a letter from a private developer to Florida DOT Secretary Ananth Prasad (pictured). International Infrastructure Partners (IIP) proposed converting State Routes 54 and 56 into an east-west belt route toll road in Pasco County. The 33-mile stretch of highway could become a first for the state - a privately funded, operated and maintained toll roadway.
|There could be a new toll road in Florida thanks for an unsolicited proposal from a private developer. |
IIP's proposal, which included financial backing for the project by private partner Guggenheim Securities, set the stage for the state to take the proposal public to see what other entities might be interested in bidding on the project, hopefully ensuring the state competitive bids that would ensure the best price.
FDOT, in its request for proposals (RFP), is seeking firms to design, build, operate and maintain the 33-mile roadway that runs east to west under a long-term lease of FDOT's right-of-way.
While FDOT officials are expecting to receive a variety of proposals with what they expect will be a range of prices, the department will be under no obligation to enter into a public-private partnership or privatization of the roadway.
In addition to providing an upgraded road, the RFP requires bidders to also show how their proposal will have a positive impact on the region and the state, protect the environment, create temporary and permanent jobs in the state and improve transportation efficiency.
The RFP also stipulates that the winning bidder will lease right-of-way for the roadway, but the right-of-way will remain under the control of FDOT. Lease rates the bidder will pay the state will be negotiated, and there will be no costs to the state for the project.
Proposals for the project are due and will be opened on Oct. 23. A bid award date has been set for Nov. 6.
| Ten projects to get infusion of millions in road funds|
Ohio Turnpike, Infrastructure Commission jump-starting stalled projects
Some of the nearly $1 billion in road projects that have been on the back burner in Ohio will get a jump-start thanks to the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission. The group has committed funding initial work on the Opportunity Corridor and part of the second Inner Belt Bridge.
The commission will fund the Opportunity Corridor's first phase with a $39 million allocation. Extending from I-490 at East 55th street to East 105th Street, the urban boulevard will offer quicker, better access to University Circle.
"I-490 via I-77 connects to the Ohio Turnpike and will encourage use of the turnpike, particularly by those who are traveling further distances to get to this major institutional center," said Douglas Hedrick (pictured), chief engineer for the Commission. "Therefore, the project has a nexus to the turnpike system."
Demonstrating a "nexus" with the turnpike was one of the stipulations by state legislators before they would allow toll-backed money to secure bonds for projects that are miles from the Ohio turnpike.
In addition to providing funds for the Opportunity Corridor, the commission also committed $340 million to construction of the eastbound bridge of the Inner Belt.
The commission has issued $1 billion so far in bonds, but retained $70 million of that for its own ongoing road replacement work, leaving $930 million for 10 projects for which ODOT sought funding. The 10 projects that were approved will have to be trimmed to meet the $930 million ceiling.
|Upcoming education opportunities|
Purdue engineering, other facilities likely to undergo renovations
Engineering buildings on the Purdue University campus will benefit from part of about $150 million in spending for renovations. New classrooms also will be built, along with a new library building. Work could begin next year, with a completion date of 2018 anticipated. The renovations of engineering facilities on the campus are expected to cost $70 million. Those renovations will help the university as it anticipates 700 new students and 200 new faculty members to the engineering program in the next several years. Plans call for $70 million in renovations for existing engineering buildings as Purdue looks to add 700 students and 200 faculty members to its engineering programs in the coming years. Another $80 million will be spent on the Active Learning Center, including classrooms that will allow greater use of technology. Space will also be available to consolidate six science libraries. The center would be built on the site of the old Engineering Administration Building and a vacant heating and power building. The projects will face Board of Trustees approval on Sept. 27.
University of Texas at Austin plans to build new $310 million engineering facility
A cramped, 50-year-old engineering building on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin will be replaced by a new $310 million engineering education and research center. Expected to be completed in 2017, the facility was approved this week by The University of Texas System Board of Regents. The System, looking for tuition revenue bond approval that never materialized during the 83rd Texas Legislature and that could have helped fund necessary construction, will take on paying for the new building itself. The UT-Austin campus will depend on up to $150 million in bond debt for the building will raise another $50 million in donations and draw on reserves for $5 million. The remainder of the costs - $105 million - will come from the System in the form of bonds. Once the building is completed, enrollment in engineering at UT is expected to increase by 1,000 students. The increase in students will mean an increase in revenue from student fees. That money will help fund additional faculty.
LSU hospital privatization could result in new clinics in affected areas
As the Louisiana State University public hospital in Pineville is taken over in a privatization agreement, Gov. Bobby Jindal is pushing for a $15 million state investment to build clinics for two private hospitals taking over those services. Jindal is hoping to shutter the LSU-run Huey P. Long Medical Center, moving its services to CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and Rapides Regional Medical Center. Part of the deal that would lead to the privatization agreement is a $15 million investment by the state in an inpatient psychiatric facility at the CHRISTUS facility and three new clinics in Alexandria and Pineville for health care for the uninsured. Although the state would build the facilities, they will be owned by the private hospitals, according to Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols (pictured), for as long as they provide services to the uninsured. Nichols said once construction plans are finalized, they must be approved by the State Bond Commission. Unlike other LSU medical facility privatization deals, the private hospitals will not pay rent to operate the new clinics that will be built. But, before any of that can happen, the State Legislature must give its approval when it meets next year. One of the reasons for the proposed closure of the Long facility is that the hospital is 75 years old and has ongoing maintenance costs. The state does not have the money available to build what would likely be a $200 million replacement facility. Jindal has supported privatization because a private provider can offer services state facilities can no longer afford. Five such privatizations have already been approved. This marks the ninth and last privatization deal proposed during Jindal's administration.
University of Tennessee preparing for demolition, then construction
Two facilities on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville have been approved for demolition in advance of new construction. The Stokely Athletics Center and Gibbs Hall will both be demolished and the campus will get a $24.4 million parking garage and a $64.3 million residence hall and dining facility. The football practice fields will also be expanded as part of the project. Once the demolition is completed next year, a 1,000-space parking garage will be built. The second phase of the project will be a new 600-bed, co-ed residential hall with a dining facility. The residential facility will be financed through housing fees and revenue bonds. The parking garage is expected to be completed by summer 2015 and the residence hall by summer 2016. The football practice field expansion, set to begin in 2016, will cost $10 million, funded in its entirety by a private donation.
University of Georgia seeks funding for science center, renovations
Officials at the University of Georgia are seeking a $50 million investment by the state for the construction of a science learning center and renovation of Baldwin Hall. The 122,500-square-foot learning facility would provide space for undergraduate teaching in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. The cost of the facility is estimated at $44.7 million. If the funding is provided, funds from the university totaling $10 million would be used to modernize space where those courses are now being taught in the more than 50-year-old Chemistry and Biological Sciences buildings. The new center would include more than 30 teaching labs for the chemistry, biological sciences, plant biology and physics departments. The remainder of the $50 million being sought from the state would provide funding for expansion and renovation of Baldwin Hall, a 75-year-old building that currently houses the School of Public and International Affairs. More than 10,000 square feet would be added and include three new classrooms and additional office space, while also complying with the access needs of persons with disabilities.
Oklahoma's Madill school district voters approve funds for safe rooms
Voters in the Madill school district in Oklahoma recently approved a $2.5 million bond election that will provide safe rooms to protect its students from natural or man-made disasters. Of that $2.5 million, $1.2 million will be spent on the safe rooms. Madill Superintendent Jon Tuck (pictured) said it is "really hard to vote against a safe room in Oklahoma," given the number of tornadoes that strike the state every year. He said the school district currently has no safe spaces for students in emergencies. Tuck said the safe rooms will double as classrooms and will be added to the south end of the elementary school and will connect to the south part of the high school. Although the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) did not provide any of the funding for the safe rooms, Tuck said they will be built close to FEMA standards. The two rooms will be close to 900 square feet and will be built with reinforced concrete walls, roof and with minimal windows. The superintendent said all of the high school students can be fit into the safe rooms and most elementary students in their rooms. He suggested that in the future, any classrooms that are built should have safe rooms until there is enough safe room space to hold all of the students. The rooms should be completed by the spring and available for use by the following school year.
University of Iowa to get $70M pharmacy building, other universities seek funds
A new pharmacy building on the campus of the University of Iowa has been approved by the university's Board of Regents. The $70 million pharmacy building is part of a $689.4 million capital building plan expected to extend over five years. To make room for the new building, the university plans to demolish and replace a more than 50-year-old building currently in use by the College of Pharmacy, along with a newer addition from 1996 that is used for research. The project's total cost will be $96 million, with $26 million to be paid for with private funds. Two other Iowa state-supported universities also sought money from the state for construction projects. Iowa State is seeking $55 million for a new biosciences building and the University of Northern Iowa wants $33 million over five years for renovations to an education center.
Georgia school district to sell $23.5M in bonds for two new schools
The Board of Education in Bryan County, Georgia, has approved the sale of $23.5 million in bonds for construction of two new elementary schools. The district will use some of its $1.1 million in excess sales tax collections over the last five years after using part of it to pay off debt service.
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Madeira Beach to use bond proceeds for part of municipal complex costs
Officials in Madeira Beach, Florida, will use $4 million in bonds to finance part of the expenses of building a new city hall, fire station and recreation complex. The project carries a cost of $9.9 million. The remainder of the funding will come from city reserves. City officials have pared down some of the costs associated with the facility and also are being forced to put some other planned projects on the back burner. The bond financing is expected to be completed by sometime in October, with a groundbreaking on the city hall, fire station and recreational complex between November and December. The city complex is expected to take about a year to complete.
New Jersey township issues RFP for outsourcing collection of trash
Trying to cut down its $1.3 million costs associated with its municipal trash collection efforts, Moorestown, New Jersey, officials have issued a request for proposals (RFP) in an effort to outsource its trash collection. Township manager Scott Carew (pictured) said he will have a better idea of how much the town could save once the bids are returned in response to the RFP. Bids are due in November. A number of other towns in the county are already outsourcing their trash collection and they have reportedly saved anywhere from $800,000 to $1 million per year. The town's current trash collection involves up to eight trucks and several employees. The trash collected is hauled to a landfill in another area. Trucks that don't carry full loads result in a loss of money to the town. The township also is responsible for more than 90 public dumpsters, half of them at apartments and condominiums. Once bids are returned, it will be up to council to determine if it wants to begin outsourcing trash collection. Once the bids come in for trash collection, Carew said the issue will be put on a subsequent township agenda, with a decision hopefully made by the end of the year on whether to outsource.
Gulfport-Biloxi airport to use FAA grant funds for improvements
A $4.7 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration will be used by the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport for infrastructure improvements. Some of the projects planned include drainage enhancements, perimeter fencing upgrades, widening of the taxiway and improvements to the terminal. The enhancements are aimed at improving safety and security at the airfield. "The funding helps the airport to maintain the integrity of its infrastructure," said Airport Authority Chair Richard Matheny. The FAA grant program is geared toward capital improvement initiatives for safety, capacity and noise compatibility projects. Between 700,000 and 900,000 passengers use the airport each year.
UK seeks vendor for dining services willing to make facilities investments
Bids are being sought by the University of Kentucky for operation of its dining service. But, the university is also seeking a partner for that service that is also willing to make a multi-million-dollar investment in the university's facilities. The RFP released seeks at least five new dining facilities and renovation of other existing dining facilities. Vendors would have to be prepared to spend between $25 million and $50 million on those new facilities. Bill Harris (pictured) UK's purchasing director, said the decision on whether to outsource will not be made until the bids are received in response to the RFP. "We're using this RFP as a basis to decide whether to do the outsourcing," he said. The need for more dining facilities goes hand-in-hand with UK's expected increase in student population numbers when it builds enough dorms to increase the number of students on campus to between 5,000 and 9,000. In addition to providing meals in the dining halls, the successful vendor would also be responsible for franchises and take over catering services. They could also bid on concessions for athletics and UK HealthCare, which are already outsourced. The RFP specifically outlines the following new facilities that would be expected: a dining area at Haggin Hall, available in summer 2014, to replace the old K-Lair; a North Campus location to replace Blazer Café in summer 2016; a replacement for dining facilities in UK's Student Center; a dining area in a proposed student center satellite to be built near W.T. Young Library, possibly by 2016; a replacement for the Commons at a yet-to-be determined date; and a dining area at the Gatton College of Business.
Palo Alto issues RFP for renewable energy resources
Palo Alto, California, has issued a request for proposals seeking to contract for renewable energy projects. The goal is renewables that will yield between 20 GWh and 60 GWh of electric output per year. Deliveries would have to begin between 2014 and 2016. The term of the contract would be between five and 30 years. Proposals for the RFP are due by Oct. 9. Palo Alto began implementing renewable energy programs in the 1980s with its first solar heating program. The current target is to use 33 percent renewables by 2015.
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- Teichert Construction was awarded a $5.6 million construction contract by Placer County, California, for the final phase of construction of the Auburn Folsom Road widening project.
- Accenture Federal Services unit won a $95 million firm-fixed-price, non-option eligible, non-multi-year contract from the U.S. Army to provide prevention response and outreach services to the Soldier and Family Services Division of the U.S. Army National Guard Bureau nationwide.
- G4S Secure Solutions won a $1.3 million, one-year contract from the city of El Paso to provide prisoner transport and processing services to transfer prisoners from the regional command centers to jail.
- ABM Industries Government Services won a $42.9 million contract modification from the U.S. Army to provide logistics services at Fort Benning, Georgia.
- CSA Construction won a $4.2 million contract from the city of Gonzales, Texas, for improvements to the city's water treatment plan, including replacing the old pressure filter at the plant with a new gravity filter system.
- RedZone Robotics has been awarded a $398,880 contract by the town of Plymouth, Pennsylvania, to televise township sewer lines to locate breaks and infiltration problems in the towns nearly 60 miles of sewer lines and more than 1,500 manholes.
- Knife River Corp. has been awarded a $2.27 million contract by the Friedman Memorial Airport Authority board in Hailey, Idaho, for phase I of a two-year airport construction project that will primarily include adding pavement to strengthen an apron on the north side of the Atlantic Aviation building.
- Biscayne Contractors have been selected as a new contractor by the St. Mary's (Maryland) commissioners for a $4,988,742 project to finish the stalled Patuxent River Naval Air Museum in Lexington Park.
- Faber Construction has won a $4.7 million contract from the city of Ferndale, Washington, to build the city's new $15,000-square-foot Ferndale Public Library.
|News about public-private partnerships (P3)|
P3 project in Houston draws seven RFQ responses
A request for qualifications (RFQ) for a public-private partnership for a justice complex in Houston has drawn seven responses. The city of Houston is seeking a design-build-finance-operate-maintain partnership with a private sector partner for a facility that will house some of the operations of the city's Municipal Courts Department and the Houston Police Department.
The city received seven statements of qualifications from the following firms or alliances: Hines; PEJP (Plenary Edgemoor Justice Partners); Skanska/AECOM/Honeywell; Griffin Partners; KBR; CGL; and Midway (Page Southerland Page and Manhattan).
The RFQ was issued in June. Houston officials are looking at an 18-acre site held by the city that includes the city's Municipal Courts Building and other structures. The new facility will consolidate operations that are currently conducted at the Municipal Courts Building, the Houston Police Department's Riesner facility and the HPD headquarters on Travis Street.
Illinois lawmakers support funding for locks, dams on two rivers
There's a bipartisan effort afoot among Illinois members of Congress as they seek to ensure repairs and upgrades to locks and dams on two rivers in the state. The Water Resources Reform and Development Act would benefit locks and dams on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. Once the bill makes it out of committee, it will head to the full House for a vote.
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (pictured) called the legislation a "bipartisan, common sense bill" that is aimed at modernizing locks and dams in the region. She said improving the locks and dams on the two rivers is necessary to keep the economy moving forward. She added that the state cannot wait decades for the needed improvements. Bustos is joined by Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk and Congressman Rodney Davis to try to get the measure passed. In March, the four filed legislation that allows public-private partnerships for improvements to the nation's water infrastructure.
These P3s are expected to speed up the projects and save taxpayers' money. This program calls for a pilot project of five years that will identify up to 15 projects involving navigation, flood damage reduction and hurricane and storage reduction projects that have been previously authorized and reopen them to additional private investments.
University of Alaska-Fairbanks opts for P3 for campus Wood Center
The University of Alaska-Fairbanks has entered into its first public-private partnership, a project to finance and build an expansion to the university's Wood Center. A team has been put together for a $28 million project that will add 34,000 square feet to the center's dining facilities and will seat 420. Another 9,000 square feet of space currently being used by a variety of organizations and others will also be renovated. The private-sector partners will pay for most of the cost.
This is the first P3 for the university, but officials are looking ahead to a needed upgrade of campus student housing that might qualify as well. Community Properties Alaska (CPA), Inc. (which will own the dining facility) and Lorig Associates are heading up the project with CPA responsible for financing. HEMM Co. is the contractor and Perkins+Will is the engineering firm. CPA will lease the land from UAF and own the expansion until it is paid back, at which time it will be gifted back to UAF. The costs to the university were minimal on the front end of the project. As the project is paid for, the university is responsible for annual payments up to 30 years.
Florida International enters into P3 to help build pedestrian bridge
A public-private partnership will play a key role in building a pedestrian bridge (as seen in accompanying artist's rendering) across a busy street near Florida International University (FIU). The P3 is being led by FIU. The project was recently helped along thanks to an $11 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The partnership that led to the grant includes FIU, the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, IBM, the city of Sweetwater and others. In addition to the pedestrian bridge, part of the funding will also pay for street improvements at the university and in the nearby city of Sweetwater.
Part of the grant will also be used for software for a Smart Parking System aimed at making it easier to locate parking spaces on campus. The system will alert smartphone users to available parking spaces in a new FIU garage.
California looking for private partners for early earthquake warning system
The California Office of Emergency Services is looking for a partner to help develop an earthquake early warning system. Lawmakers approved a system, but didn't authorize money to pay for it. The office is now looking for federal and state agencies and private stakeholders to assist with the program.
Based on the California Integrated Seismic Network, the system could possibly help lessen damages from earthquakes in the state. Officials believe the system itself would cost about $23 million to install technology and another $12 million for its operation. It would use sensor-detected underground movements before an earthquake to warn in advance. Thus, transit systems, factories and building operators would have time to prepare for the earthquake.
The Office of Emergency Management has until Jan. 1, 2016, to find a funding source, which could include local funding, federal grants and bond funds. But, no additional state funds will be tapped.
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Hillary E. Gitelman (pictured) holds a bachelor's degree in history of art from Yale University and a master's degree in historic preservation from Columbia University. Early in her career, she held increasingly senior positions in planning and historic preservation. She served as the environmental review officer for the San Francisco Planning Department, where her job was to make sure the city complies with the California Environmental Quality Act. Between 2001 and 2004, she directed the planning department of the Presidio Trust, a federal agency charged with preserving the Presidio in San Francisco for public use and keeping it financially self-sufficient. There she was responsible for developing the Presidio Trust Management Plan, the PresidiGo shuttle system and parking-management program. Gitelman has spent the last eight years in Napa County, where she was responsible for current and long-range planning, building permits and code enforcement. She also has extensive experience in parking and traffic management. Gitelman was recently chosen by Palo Alto City Manager James Keene to serve as the city's planning director, replacing former planner Curtis Williams, who retired in June.
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AGC Building Contractors Conference slated for Oct. 16-19 in Colorado
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