Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 5, Issue 25October 2, 2013
Many new university facilities launched as P3s

Mary Scott NabersPublic funding continues to dwindle and concerns about the impact to colleges and universities are mounting. Increased enrollments and aging campuses have created a growing inventory of much-needed projects that cannot be funded.


And, deferred maintenance on college and university campuses has become a menacing issue. Many are concerned about sustainability for the nation's higher education system.


While some would argue that learning is "going online," the country is not there yet. Most parents and students still expect college curriculum to be delivered in classrooms on a campus.  




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Ohio gets $2.9B for projects
San Francisco seeks private investors
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming opportunities
Who's winning contracts?
News about P3s
Where are they now?
Opportunity of the week
Calendar of events

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Ohio approved for $2.9B in road, bridge construction


Approximately 40 projects throughout state approved by transportation officials

Gov. John KasichConstruction could start within just a few weeks on some of the $2.9 billion in new road and bridge projects recently approved in the state of Ohio. State transportation officials approved the projects, $930 million of which are being paid for in part by Ohio Turnpike bonds issued in July.


The projects are part of Gov. John Kasich's Jobs and Transportation Plan, which the governor (left) said will create 60,000 new jobs and grow the state's economy thanks to a $3 billion investment in state infrastructure over six years.


"Our agriculture, manufacturing and logistics industries, as well as so many others, depend on our world-class highway system for their success and the $3 billion in new funds made possible from our plan keeps them moving so Ohio's economic recovery can keep moving," said Kasich. He said the projects are going to begin without a tax increase and are aimed at keeping the state's highways in top condition.


Jerry WrayWithout issuance of the bonds, officials say some of the 40 projects could have been delayed for years. "We have been working hard to move through the process quickly and get projects started," said Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray (bottom). He said this new plan gets more projects started faster and without a tax increase. The state's transportation budget specifies that at least 90 percent of the bond money must be spent on road and bridge work in northern Ohio.


The $2.9 billion investment includes federal, state and local funds and is aimed at improving motorist safety, reducing congestion and adding capacity. The breakdown of allocation of the funding includes: $1.2 billion for 17 projects in Northeast Ohio, $932 million for nine projects in Central/Southeast Ohio, $494 million for 10 projects in Northwest Ohio and $286 million for five projects in Southwest Ohio.


Among the projects are $340 million to demolish the Inner Belt Bridge in the Cleveland area and to build a second, eastbound bridge. Another $274 million will be spent on the Opportunity Corridor, a boulevard to connect I-490 and I-77 and East 55th Street. To view the complete list of all projects approved for construction throughout the state by the Transportation Review Advisory Council, click here.


San Francisco Housing Authority opts for new program


Encourages private investment for renovations, upgrades in facilities

Mayor Ed LeePrivate investors will be sought for as many as half of the public housing units in the city of San Francisco, as the city's Housing Authority will participate in a federal program whose goal is to allow for renovations and upgrades that the Housing Authority cannot afford to make on its own.


The rental assistance demonstration (RAD) will allow up to 3,000 of the San Francisco Housing Authority's more than 6,000 units to be repaired and rebuilt with private sector capital. Mayor Ed Lee (pictured) proposed using the RAD program, which was approved by U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan. Although private dollars will revamp the units, the operation of the units will be turned over to nonprofits in the city. Donovan said "creative solutions" such as private investment and nonprofit partnerships are necessary because of funding gaps that resulted from the federal sequestration and other funding cuts.


Some of the city's housing areas have become bastions for crime and violence will be rebuilt through private investors under the Hope SF program. These sites will be demolished and replaced with both public and market-rate units. Use of market-rate units allows private investors to make a profit on their investments and also allow residents of existing public housing to stay in their homes.


"Ultimately, we want every site we invest in to become investments for the private sector as well," said Lee. Officials note that private investment may be the only way to solve the longstanding funding problems with public housing.


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Upcoming education opportunities


Nebraska school district passes bond election for school upgrades

A successful $12.93 million school bond issue last week in the Fort Calhoun school district in Nebraska will lead to the renovation and expansion of the Fort Calhoun Junior-Senior High School. Construction could begin as early as next spring. The bond proceeds will be used for new academic, athletic and activity spaces along with upgrades to security, the mechanical system and fire code upgrades to bring the school into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The renovations project will now go into the design phase. Officials are hopeful to finance the bonds over a 25-year period, but the financing will be affected by climbing interest rates.


Ball State University to issue bonds to help pay for Central Campus project

Randy HowardTrustees with Ball State University in Indiana have approved the sale of about $39 million in bonds, the proceeds of which will be used to finance construction of the Central Campus Academic and Utility Project, Phase II. The bond proceeds also will be used to complete the Geothermal Conversion Project. Trustees also approved issuance of $35.7 million in housing and dining system revenue bonds to expand Johnson A residence hall. The trustees also approved the refinancing of Student Fee Bonds that will save taxpayers close to $1 million. Ball State Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer Randy Howard (pictured) said the refinancing help provide an environment to help attract and retain students and "continue our tradition of good fiscal stewardship." The renovation of Johnson Hall A is part of a bigger plan to renovate all of the university's residence halls. 

Ohio University considers new interdisciplinary science facility 
The longstanding Clippinger Laboratories building on the campus of Ohio University could soon be a thing of the past. The university is looking to build a new interdisciplinary science facility. OU Associate Vice President for Facilities Harry Wyatt said the Clippinger building may be demolished. The university's capital improvement plan includes a $45 million project that would build a new interdisciplinary science facility. The plan also includes $45 million to renovate Clippinger Hall. But, a study of the proposals showed it might be more beneficial to do away with the Clippinger facility and build a new one. A new facility would likely cost $90 million. Although the Clippinger building has been renovated in recent years, it has never had a complete upgrade of its operating system. The system has already outlived its 25-30 year life span in the nearly 50-year-old building. The university is seeking a firm to begin designing a new facility. Clippinger would likely not be demolished until the new facility opens. If the design phase begins in 2014 and construction starts in mid-2015, the facility conceivably could open by mid-2017.

College in Texas to build new health sciences building on campus

Lisa VasquezThe Collin College Board of Trustees have voted on a construction manager for a project that will bring a new health sciences building to the college's Central Park Campus in McKinney, Texas. Construction is expected to be completed in 2015. The new health sciences building is aimed at helping meet the increasing demand of the health sciences industry for graduates in careers that include nursing, surgical technologies, respiratory care, dental hygiene and polysomnographic technologies. "The addition of the health science building will allow us to take in more students, because right now, we can only accept the students we have space for," said Lisa Vasquez (pictured), spokesperson for the college. Vasquez said the facility will include a larger simulation lab, a state-of-the-art hospital lab, expanded clinical space, meeting spaces and an 850-seat conference area. She said the new facility will be the first exclusive health science building for Collin College and is necessary because of the growing interest in the program.



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City in Massachusetts accepting bids for road project

Domenic SarnoThe city of Springfield, Massachusetts, is seeking bids for a project estimated at a cost of $6 million to reconstruct a section of Boston Road. The project is expected to get under way this fall. "This is not only a public works project, but a significant economic development project that will dramatically enhance the Boston Road corridor," said Mayor Domenic Sarno (pictured). The road work will include full depth reconstruction that includes paving, milling and overlay, construction of concrete sidewalks, wheelchair ramps, driveways, drainage improvements and granite curbing. Reconstruction of five intersections, including new traffic signals, is part of the project as well. The project will be funded with $5 million from the city and $1.5 million from the state, which will include design and construction. Construction is expected to take 54 weeks. The city decided to fund the majority of the project on its own to avoid long delays for other funds. That also helped free up additional state funds for other projects in the area.


Berths at Port Manatee to be enhanced with state funding

Port Manatee in Florida will use $6.4 million in funding from the state to help double the load capacity at six docks. This is the closest major American port to the Panama Canal, and increased activity from the Panama Canal is expected when the current expansion is completed. The $6.4 million is part of a larger $150 million investment by the state in its ports. The money comes from bond proceeds. The project includes doubling the load capacity at six docks. Port Manatee is a deepwater seaport near the head of Tampa Bay that serves bulk, breakbulk, container, heavylift, protect and general cargo customers. It generates more than $2.3 billion in economic impact annually for the local community. It also supports 24,000 jobs in the region without ad valorem taxation. Dave Sanford, the port's interim chief of staff, said the completion of the expansion of the Panama Canal was a primary reason the project was funded. He said as the nation's closest major port to the Panama Canal, "We believe Port Manatee is uniquely qualified to benefit."


Los Angeles considering privatizing two-dozen city-owned garages

Jaime De La VegaTransportation officials in Los Angeles are considering privatizing two-dozen city-owned parking garages. Nine of the city's garages are already being operated by private-sector firms. The plan being offered would turn the remaining 15 garages, currently operated by city employees, over to a private partner as well. City officials say privatization of the garages could net the city $1 million in revenue annually, some of that as a result of a private partner brining to the table new technology that could increase revenue. The city currently owns 119 parking facilities, which includes metered lots and free parking garages. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) currently operates all of those except for the 24 being considered for privatization. A previous attempt at privatization of these facilities failed, but the new proposal calls for no turning over of leases, but allowing outside contractors to operate the facilities. LADOT transportation head Jaime De La Vega (pictured) said outside operators have the marketing experience necessary for the parking lots and implementing the latest technology at the sites. "This policy direction has already been set by the council and the mayor," De La Vega said. "We're just implementing it."


City in New York seeking public-private partnership for development

Officials in Troy, New York, are hoping the third time's the charm as they seek a developer to redesign the former City Hall site. The first selected contractor for the project pulled out of the deal and the second time around, negotiations with a possible developer broke down. The city has thus issued a request for proposals (RPF) for a public-private partnership. The project will be supported by $3.9 million in various New York state grant funds. There is also the possibility of financial assistance from the Troy Industrial Development Agency. Developers responding to the RFP must provide a purchase offer and show their ability to financially support the completion of the project. The first time city officials began negotiations, a private firm pulled out after it was revealed that 60 percent of the residential space would be for subsidized housing and the mayor opposed that requirement. A second go at finding a partner would have resulted in more than 100 market rate apartments and 180 parking spaces for public and private use. Negotiations were never completed.


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  • Chameleon Integrated Services has been awarded a $404M indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract by the Defense Information Systems Agency for Enterprise Support Services.
  • Harris Corp. won a $140.7 million contract from the U.S. Army for a vehicle radio designed to link infantry platoons and companies with higher headquarters. The mid-tier networking vehicular radio, or MNVR, runs government-owned software waveforms developed under the now-defunct joint tactical radio system project and adopted by Harris and other vendors for use in their radios.
  • Rolls-Royce Engine Services-Oakland Inc. was awarded a $17,010,320 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract by the U.S. Department of Defense for the depot repair of T56-A-427 engines in support of the E-2 advanced Hawkeye aircraft, including the repair of 20 power sections, 10 torque meters, 20 gearboxes and accessories.
  • SpawGlass Civil Construction won a $45 million contract from the city of Houston to revamp a central traffic point for aircraft moving around Bush Intercontinental Airport. The Houston Airport System proposed reconstruction to a taxiway, a main traffic artery for aircraft moving through terminals, ramps and runways.
  • Boh Bros. Construction Co. LLC has won a $38 million flood control contract in New Orleans from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to build a concrete covered canal, pull and drive sheet piling, modify existing utilities and demolish existing roadways and sidewalks.
  • Sunram Construction, Inc. was awarded a $1,219,072 contract from the city of Anoka, Minnesota, for construction of Mississippi River Trail to connect walkers and bikers to a leg of the national Mississippi River Regional Trail between Anoka and Ramsey.
  • E.C. Smith, Inc. won a $3.28 million contract from the Bureau of Reclamation for decommissioning work on the Red Bluff (California) Diversion Dam. The contract requires the demolition, removal and disposal of interim, research and temporary pumping plant facilities near the dam.
  • Tiseo Paving Co. won a $4.8 million contract from the city of Allen, Texas, for its Exchange Parkway widening project. The project will include the addition of two lanes and related improvements for two segments of roadway, Alma Drive to U.S. Highway 75 and Greenville Avenue to Allen Heights Drive.
  • XTRA Aerospace has won a $15,958,369 firm-fixed-price contract by the U.S. Department of Defense to procure Boeing 737 commercial spare parts for the low rate initial production Lot IV effort in support of the P-8A fleet.
  • East Texas Bridge won a $305,787 contract from the Texas Department of Transportation for replacing a narrow bridge crossing Black Cypress Creek on Marion County Road 113CC, northwest of Jefferson, Texas. The roadway will be widened from 10 to 24 feet.
  • L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace LLC won a $102.6 million, one-year contract extension from the U.S. Department of Defense for logistics support of the T-1A training jet and will do the work at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi, Vance Air Force Base, Okla., Randolph and Laughlin Air Force bases in Texas and Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla.
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News about public-private partnerships (P3)


Kentucky city enters into partnership to save through energy efficiencies

Greg FischerCalling it a "win-win" situation for the city of Louisville, Kentucky, Mayor Greg Fischer (pictured) announced a public-private partnership (P3) that will save the city money. The P3 involves the city and a private company in the energy industry. The private sector firm will provide energy upgrades to government buildings throughout the city. There will be no up-front costs to the city. In return, the nearly $27 million private investment by the private partner to replace chillers and boilers with more energy-efficient systems, update aging electrical systems and install solar-powered hot water heaters will be repaid by the city. The annual payments will come from the energy savings the project produces. The private firm estimates that savings will be about $2 million per year. "If the energy savings are not realized as projected because of the work of Johnson Controls, the city will not be responsible for paying that portion of the project," Fischer said. The mayor estimates that the energy efficiency improvements will reduce the city's annual carbon emissions by more than 12,000 tons, and will help create more than 500 local jobs.


Rural areas of Maryland to use P3 to increase broadband access

Residents of South County, Maryland, are taking advantage of a public-private partnership that will allow them broadband access instead of having to use dial-up or DSL Internet access. Through the state's One Maryland Broadband Network, plans are to have a more than 1,200-mile fiber optic broadband network that links more than 1,000 government facilities and anchor institutions in every county. A fiber optic cable has been installed throughout South County, thanks to a partnership between the federal government, the state, Anne Arundel County and a private-sector broadband company. The result is bringing high-speed Internet access and other services to local residents. The private firm has made an investment in infrastructure near the Southern High School, where broadband Internet, telephone and video services will originate. These services will be available to approximately 800 homes in the county. Officials report that in many cases, those with dial-up service were too far away to get DLS service and would go to the local library for access.


Three transportation, infrastructure projects in Pennsylvania approved for P3s

Barry SchochTransportation and infrastructure projects in Pennsylvania, have been approved by the state's Public-Private Partnerships Board. The three projects seek to provide transportation services and infrastructure more efficiently with P3s than through other financing options. The proposals will help replace hundreds of bridges. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch (pictured) said the use of P3s "helps us stretch our limited dollars," and said the state's P3 legislation provides the state with a tool for finding more ways to work with private companies to meet current needs of expand current services. One of the P3 agreements will lead to replacement of hundreds of structurally deficient bridges. The low bidder would manage bridge designs, construction and maintenance. That is hoped to be the model for multiple bridges. Additionally, the P3 board will soon issue a request for proposals (RFPs) for projects to be submitted by private-sector firms. The RFP is expected to increase the number of bids and thus increase competition, which should lower costs. The project results from a proposal by a private company to rent those facilities for placement of wireless antennas and related equipment aimed at improving signals in the surrounding area. The other proposal recommended PennDOT replace its Automated Permit Routing Analysis System (APRAS) used to issue special hauling permits with a turn-key system already being used in other states. 


Group in New Jersey pushes for P3 for development in township

A New Jersey township is looking to a public-private partnership to develop a proposed 192-condo community. The property in the township of Brick, New Jersey, would include a mid-scale hotel, an aquatic center, community activity center and bicycle trails. A group has been organized to push for the new redevelopment idea. They are hopeful to attract a mid-scale hotel of about 100 rooms possibly with an indoor lounge area. The hotel franchise would purchase that part of the property and the remainder would be open for other uses. The group, called Friends of Forge Pond, also is pushing for a 22,500-square-foot aquatic center that carries a $6 million price tag and would be available for the community, for competitive events and therapy pools. A proposed community center costing approximately $4.5 million would include a gym and a kitchen for outside catering. To bring the projects to fruition, the group is seeking public-private partnerships. Councilman Domenick Brando said he is opposed to the condos and would like to have seen the issue as part of a local referendum. There is currently no contract for the proposed condo proposal.


Public-private partnership to bring residential loft to Midland

Midland HousingA $12.8 million urban loft project is going up in Midland, Texas, as developers seek to help the city deal with a housing shortage resulting from the oil and gas boom in West Texas. A public-private partnership, the deal includes a developer building the residential housing facility, the Wall Street Lofts. The city, in turn, is constructing a parking garage adjacent to the building that will be used for both public and private parking. The residential facility is the first for downtown Midland. The developers, from Dallas, are planning a four-story, 108-unit building (as seen in the accompanying artist's rendering). It also will include 5,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. A trio of developers are building the facility with bank financing and a real estate firm part of the project to lease and manage the facility. Officials expect the project to be completed in December of next year. 


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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.comand let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Rebecca Holcombe.


Rebecca HolcombeRebecca Holcombe (pictured) received teacher certification through the Upper Valley Educators' Institute, and completed graduate coursework for her principal certification at Lyndon State College. She has degrees from Brown University, the Simmons School of Management and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she is currently completing a doctorate and has focused on testing and school leadership. She was Director of Academics during the formation of the Rivendell School District, in which four small towns joined to form one K-12 interstate school district. She has also been a principal at Fairlee School for K-8 grades and curriculum coordinator, as well as social studies and science teacher at the Frances C. Richmond School in Hanover. Most recently, Holcombe has served as director of the Dartmouth Teacher Education Program in Hanover, New Hampshire. She was recently chosen by Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont to serve as the state's next secretary of education. She will replace Armando Vilaseca, who a year ago announced he was planning to leave state government. Holcombe is the first new secretary of education to be appointed since 2012 legislation made the Department of Education an agency headed by a secretary who reports to the governor. 


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Dwight FerrellG. Wayne CloughDr. Carey WrightThe Fulton County, Georgia, County Commission has chosen Dwight Ferrell (top left), former deputy general manager and chief operating officer for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) as the county's top administrator, replacing Zachary Williams, who left to become COO in DeKalb. G. Wayne Clough (top center), secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, has announced that he will retire in October 2014, after having served as president of the Smithsonian for six years and as president of the Georgia Institute of Technology for 14 years prior to joining the Smithsonian. Dr. Carey Wright (top right), a 36-year veteran of teaching and school administration and founder and CEO of Wright Approach Consulting in Maryland, has been named Mississippi's new State Superintendent of Education. Commissioner Edward F. Davis, who has served the last seven years as head of the Boston Police Department, has announced that he is resigning to pursue a fellowship at Harvard University. The longtime director of South Dakota's Legislative Research Council, James Fry, has stepped down after leading the agency's staff since 2000. The Port Arthur (Texas) Independent School District has named its interim superintendent, Dr. Mark Porterie, as sole finalist for the superintendent spot, putting a veteran of 20 years of education experience at the Adrian Gardner Jamienne Studley Carol Steckel helm of the district. Adrian Gardner (bottom right), who has been the NASA Goddard Space Center Chief Information Officer since January 2010, will take over as CIO at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), replacing Jeanne Etzel, who is now working for the Homeland Security Department's CIO office. Jamienne S. Studley (bottom center), a former president of Skidmore College and a former top lawyer for the U.S. Department of Education, has been appointed as a deputy under secretary of education to help lead the department's higher-education policy initiatives. Carol Steckel (bottom left), North Carolina's state Medicaid director, has resigned after only eight months on the job to take a position with Wellcare Health Plans in Tampa, Florida. Lafayette (California) School District Assistant Superintendent Rachel Zinn, who joined the district in 2006 as the director of curriculums and instruction, has been selected to replace Superintendent Fred Brill, who is leaving to become the top administrator of the San Lorenzo Unified School District. The College Station (Texas) City Council has appointed Kelly Templin, who has served as the city manager of Seabrook since 2011, as its new city manager. Jerry Speziale Jr., the number two police executive with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department and a former sheriff of a county in the New York Metropolitan area, will become the new chief of police for the city of Prichard, Alabama.
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NASCIO 2013 Annual Conference planned for Oct. 13-16

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) will hold its 2013 Annual Conference in Philadelphia on Oct. 13-16 at the Philadelphia Marriott. Registration for the conference, "Leadership Through Innovation and Collaboration," is currently open. Information is also available by contacting Shawn Vaughn at


AGC Building Contractors Conference slated for Oct. 16-19 in Colorado
The Associated General Contractors of America will host its Building Contractors Conference Oct. 16-19 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Theme for the conference is "Increasing Your Firm's Productivity through Industry Innovations" and brings together high-level leaders in the building construction industry to share, learn and discuss the issues that are essential to them and their business. The sessions on Oct. 18 are led by the AGC Public/Private Industry Advisory Council and are open to all Conference attendees. The conference is focused on sharing best practices, learning from each other's experiences, exploring challenges and solutions and encouraging an open dialogue. There are also numerous networking opportunities. Senior-level building contractors, large project owners and other key industry stakeholders will gather at the breakfasts, luncheons, networking breaks, evening receptions and golf tournament featured throughout the conference. The conference schedule and information on registration are now available.


Florida PPP workshop to address projects, new state statute

"PPPs - A Solution for Florida Public Construction Projects," an interactive workshop on public-private partnerships, is set for Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Crowne Plaza Orlando-Downtown, 304 West Colonial Drive in Orlando, Florida. Florida has extensive experience with PPPs for transportation and also has new state legislation that provides the same opportunity for social infrastructure projects. This full-day workshop will offer both Florida and nationally recognized PPP professionals, who will cover the new statute and the methods for its use for with projects from education to water and a host of other infrastructures. Fundamentals of PPPs, First Steps in the Process, The Unsolicited Proposal Process and Financing Tools are among the topics for discussion. The agenda is now available and registration is open. 


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