Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 5, Issue 28October 23, 2013
Even federal government may become innovative, entrepreneurial 
The federal government owns more than 14,000 buildings and structures that have been classified as "not needed." The government also owns property that is not producing any revenue. These so called federal assets drain resources and cost taxpayers millions each year in maintenance costs. The General Services Administration as well as a congressional committee are looking for innovative ways to monetize or better utilize these assets. That is a very good thing.

Earlier this year, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management sponsored a roundtable to explore the benefits of public-private partnerships (P3s) as a way to monetize the property and facilities. The objective was, of course, to find ways to reduce maintenance and reduce real estate costs.




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Los Angeles County Deukmejian Courthouse completed


Success of project credited to P3, performance-based infrastructure contracting

New Courthouse

The Los Angeles County Deukmejian Courthouse  was completed through a public-private partnership.

Los Angeles County is celebrating the completion of the $340 million Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse (as seen in the accompanying artist's rendering), the result of a successful public-private partnership (P3) involving the Judicial Council of California, Long Beach Judicial Partners LLC and Los Angeles County. The 545,000-square-foot, five-story facility is home to more than 20 new courtrooms and the capability to expand to 30.


In addition to being a successful P3, the project also is the first social infrastructure project in the nation to use Performance-Based Infrastructure (PBI) contracting. This process allows a private team to finance, design, build, operate and maintain the court building.


According to the PBI agreement, the Administrative Office of the Judicial Council of California will own the building and pay Long Beach Judicial Partners LLC an annual, performance-based management service fee for 35 years. The Superior Court Los Angeles County will occupy approximately 80 percent of the space.


The public-private partnership and PBI allow the public sector the ability to leverage the private sector's access to financing, expertise and efficiency. The project had the support of both the executive and legislative branches of California state government. Los Angeles County and the city of Long Beach also threw in their support. The state acquired the site through an exchange agreement in which the city provided the site plus a financial contribution to the court building project in exchange for title to the existing Long Beach Courthouse property, which will be vacated now that the new court building is complete.


In addition to the new courtrooms, the facility also will house the court administrative offices, some 100,000 square feet of Los Angeles County justice agency lease space and retail space. It will also include secure inmate transfer facilities, detention facilities and secure parking for judges. Approximately 110,000 people are expected to visit the courthouse each month. Two of the five areas for retail businesses are already occupied and operational.


Illinois' proposed $103B toll road passes first hurdle


Officials urging use of public-private partnership for major transportation project

Pat QuinnThe Illiana Corridor, a proposed $1.3 billion toll road that would provide a trucking corridor linking Illinois and Indiana interstates, has passed a major hurdle. The Illinois Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee has approved the proposal.


Ann Schneider"This regional highway will not only serve the largest- and fastest-growing areas in Illinois, it will have a long-term economic impact of more than $4 billion in the region," said Gov. Pat Quinn (left), who has hailed the toll road as an economic generator that not only will create jobs, but stimulate the economy.


This was but the first step in the process, according to Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider (right), "But it was a very big step," she added. Schneider said there is still a lot of work to be done in the next year to complete planning and begin seeking bids from private partners who will invest in the project in a public-private partnership with the state.


Those backing the proposed roadway say there is not enough state or federal funding available for the project, and thus support a public-private partnership, because the private sector has access to capital that is needed. Schneider said the project is a prime candidate for the state's first transportation public-private partnership, adding that if private investors are not found, the state will not build the Illiana.


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Virginia school district plans renovation as part of capital improvement plan

Kimball PayneRenovation of three elementary schools is part of the recently approved capital improvement plan (CIP) for the Lynchburg City Schools in Virginia. The plan also calls for the replacement of Heritage High School. The CIP covers additional infrastructure projects through the 2018-2019 school year. The proposed replacement of Heritage High School is slated to cost almost $83.3M, with $8M being spent on renovations for Sandusky Elementary school and the rest being allocated to various maintenance projects across the division. School officials stress the importance of a buy-in from the city for the Sandusky renovation and renovations at Linkhorne Elementary and Paul Munro Elementary. Lynchburg's City Manager Kimball Payne (pictured) said he had not included the elementary renovations in the funding plan to build the new high school and to meet city building needs.


Pennsylvania school board announces $7 million bond issue for school improvements

Officials in the McGuffey (Pennsylvania) school district have approved a $7 million bond issue, with most of the proceeds from the bonds to be spent on safety improvements. The district's two elementary schools will receive upgrades, including replacement of doors, windows and handrails and work on heating and ventilation at both schools. A new air conditioning system would be installed at Joe Walker Elementary, which has never had air conditioning. The bond proceeds would also help pay for land previously purchased by the district that will be used for a parking lot. Work on both elementary schools will begin in the spring in time for the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.


Louisiana community college planning to construct $17 million campus building

Natalie HarderA $1 million investment by the Lafayette Parish School Board in a $17 million building on the campus of South Louisiana Community College (SLCC) would allow for the expansion of the school district's Early College Academy, a high school on the college campus. Students who participate in the Early College Academy can earn an associate's degree from the college at the same time they are attending high school to earn a diploma. The current facility will facilitate 250 students, and the proposed expansion would increase the number of students to as many as 1,000, according to SLCC Chancellor Natalie Harder (pictured). The college had already received a $15 million commitment from the state toward the new facility, but the college must first raise $2 million from the community. SLCC has also requested a contribution of $1 million from the Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority. If the school board makes the $1 million investment, it will be provide approximately 20,000 square feet of space in the building that can be used for its Early College Academy. The school board could make its decision by next month and, if funds are raised, construction of the building could begin in 2015.


University of Illinois gifts to lead to renovations, new construction

Three major financial gifts totaling $6 million were recently announced by University of Illinois officials that will lead to renovations and new construction on the campus. A $4 million gift from the Irwin Family Foundation will be used to renovate the Survey Building at the College of Business. A $1 million gift from the Srivastava Foundation will be used to help defray the costs of a new Electrical and Computer Engineering Building. Richard K. Williams of Cupertino, California, donated $1 million that will be used to help build the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Building and to endow a professorship.


West Virginia campus awarded $13.1 million loan to construct new building

Marshall WashingtonA $13.1 million, low-interest loan has been awarded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration to construct a new college facility. The facility will be leased by New River Community and Technical College and used for workforce education. The Nicholas County project is expected to begin next spring. The facility, which required a collaboration among the Nicholas County Building Commission, the city of Summerville and the Planning and Development Council, will feature approximately 15 classrooms, two computer labs, conference and study areas and faculty and staff space. "We are excited about that kind of partnership shared between the many organizations," said New River Community and Technical College President Marshall Washington (pictured). The 48,300-square-foot building will be owned by the Building Commission and will lease the building to the college. Once 38 years pass, the building ownership will be turned over to the college. The college will host programs in such fields as welding, line service mechanics, commercial driving license, hospitality and tourism, culinary arts and renewable energy and mining.  

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Board OKs $6.5 million for downtown project garage

John UrbahnsThe request of the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana, for $6.5 million toward a project that will cover a city block has gained the support of the city's Capital Improvement Board (CIB). The funds will be used for loan payments over 10 years to build a 780-space parking garage that will be the cornerstone of the project featuring offices and housing in two towers. Ash Brokerage is planning to build a 95,000-square-foot, eight-story, $200-million headquarters building downtown, where it will move its current employees and add more to the facility. The project also includes a $32 million residential package that includes townhomes, apartments and condos. Both of those projects will be on top of the city-owned parking garage. Retail areas will be available at street level. John Urbahns (pictured), the city's director of community development, asked the board to make the loan payments for the first 10 years of an expected 15-year bond. Officials expect that after that time, property taxes generated by the development will be enough to make the payments. The CIB previously approved spending $4.3 million for property for the project. Another $2 million will be sought from the Legacy Fund for site preparations probably in March. If that timeline is upheld, construction could begin in April.


New Jefferson Davis Parish jail's gets $10 million financing approved

A new jail in Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, was funded with $10 million from the State Bond Commission. Included is $835,000 in first-year funding for planning and construction of a new regional consolidated facility. Some $9.1 million will be needed for future funding. Already, the police jury has pledged $480,000 from a lawsuit settlement toward the project. The jail would house 200 inmates, much larger than the current 62-bed, nearly 50-year-old jail.


Gov. Rick Scott seeking increased legislative spending on three of Florida's ports

Rick ScottGov. Rick Scott (pictured) is seeking $35 million from state lawmakers to help fund projects at Florida's three ports. His goal is to bring more cargo shipping and manufacturing jobs to the state. Scott said Florida could become "the shipping channel for the East Coast." Scott's proposal includes $9.7 million for Port Canaveral for a second phase of its cargo-terminal development. Scott's plan would also include $14 million for Port Everglades to support a project that would lengthen the existing deep-water turning area for cargo ships from 900 to 2,400 feet. That could lead to five new cargo berths and hopefully mean larger shipping vessels using the port. And, the Port of Tampa would get $10.4 million to improve its container yard. These changes are necessary, say port officials, because the expansion of the Panama Canal would mean additional shipments to the East Coast instead of the West Coast. "By investing now, we have the opportunity to get companies to expand here, grow here, and that's what we're going to continue to do," said Scott.


Orlando International Airport to undergo $1.1 billion improvement plan

Phil BrownTheme parks in the Orlando area have contributed to the need for improvements at the Orlando International Airport. Thus, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) recently approved a $1.1 billion improvement program. Passenger traffic alone is 35 million, making the airport the 13th busiest in the United States. Part of the billion-dollar improvements will be paid for by $543.5 million in revenue bonds. Those bonds, according to GOAA Executive Director Phil Brown (pictured) will be backed by revenue from airport concessions and by Federal Aviation Administration-approved passenger facility charges. The executive director said requests for proposals are expected to be sought from investment bankers by the end of the year on the first $150-$180 million of the bond issue. Plans for the improvement include everything from additional international gates to upgrades to the baggage screening areas and an automated people mover. All of the new additions and upgrades are expected to allow the airport to process 45 million passengers per year. With another Disney section planned for the Animal Kingdom, it is expected to help push the passenger traffic past 40 million by 2016.


Colorado to see $1.5 billion in highway construction, maintenance

Work on Interstate 25, upgrades to bridges and culverts and efforts to prevent rock slides are part of a recently passed $1.5 billion Colorado highway construction and maintenance program. I-25 from Denver to Fort Collins will be widened as part of the proposal. Bridge repair projects will be funded with $33 million of the total allocated and another $800 million will be used to provide upgrades and maintenance of the state highway system. Another $700 million will be used over the next five years for highway construction and expansion. Highway officials are hopeful to attract private firms to help operate and maintain the state's highways. That $700 million is expected to fund part of 44 projects and will also be part of a program expanding public-private partnerships for transportation projects. Colorado Department of Transportation spokesperson Amy Ford said the department will be using part of the funds to leverage public-private partnerships on I-25 and C-470 as well as other projects. Officials say without partnerships, many of the projects would not have been able to be addressed for years.


Oklahoma Department of Transportation renews long-term plans for highway projects

Mike PattersonRenewal of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation's eight-year construction plan and the five-year plan for County Improvements for Roads and Bridges was recently approved by state transportation officials. The result is that numerous road and bridge projects have been moved forward by years. Addressing bridge repair, ODOT Executive Director Mike Patterson (pictured) said, "It was not too long ago that our eight-year plan had 124 bridges on it." Today, the plan has 924 bridge-related projects. The 2014-2021 ODOT plan calls for $6 billion in improvements, nearly 2,000 projects and more than 650 miles of shoulders and other improvements for two-lane roads and more than 550 miles of improvements to highways and interstates. Patterson said ODOT projects will initially focus on bridges with an expectation of having no structurally deficient bridges in the state by 2020. Then the state can again focus on pavement maintenance and rehabilitation. 
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  • KPG was awarded a $1,447,596 contract from the Mountlake Terrace, Washington, City Council for the design of the "Main Street Project" to include designing roadway reconstruction, storm water systems, the undergrounding of power lines, street lighting and street signals with the project area. The firm will also include preliminary plans for potential underground energy pipelines.
  • Intelligent Decisions (ID), Inc. has won a firm-fixed-price, multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contract valued at $4.1 billion over a five-year period from the U.S. Army for the delivery of communications systems, technologies and services.
  • Steve Harris Construction won a $1.585 million contract from the city of Fremont, Nebraska, for the early phases of widening and surfacing West Military Avenue and constructing new storm sewers and a detention pond.
  • VSE Corporation has been awarded an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract valued at up to $9 million to support the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division, Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section in international asset recovery services. This contract has a period of performance of 12 months with four 12-month options.
  • Phylway Construction LLC won a $1.1 million contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to improve drainage in Beau Bassin Coulee in the Carencro community. The contract includes excavation of a detention pond, construction of concrete slope paving, clearing and grubbing and installation of erosion protection measures.
  • Oftedahl Construction was awarded a $6.6 million contract by the Wyoming Transportation Commission for landslide repair work on U.S. Highway 14 at the sites of the Bret and Upper Shell Creek slides about 14 miles east of Shell. The work will include drilling into the unstable soil underneath the road and on the slope below the road, and installing micropiles and tieback anchors.
  • Harborth Enterprise won a contract for $51,717 from the city of Ukiah, California, for work to remove weeds and other plants from the park surrounding the Grace Hudson Museum on South Main Street.
  • Raytheon Company has been awarded a $385,742,176 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract from the U.S. Navy for the engineering and modeling development phase design, development, integration, test and delivery of Air and Missile Defense S-Band Radar and Radar Suite Controller.
  • Empire Building Co. won a $687,000 contract from Clark County, Ohio, for renovations at the Springview Government Center.
  • Page Construction has won a $16 million contract from the New Bedford, Massachusetts, Waste Services and WERC-2 to build a new 94,000-square-foot state-of-the-art waste disposal facility in Rochester for residential and commercial, construction demolition debris, as well as all forms of recyclables.
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Jindal praises P3 that built community center/emergency shelter in Louisiana

Bobby JindalLouisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (pictured) is praising the new $10.6 million community center in St. Charles Parish as a prime example of a successful public-private partnership. "This is a great example of the federal government, the state government and local government, and private sector working together on behalf of our people," Jindal said. The project included $7.5 million in federal and state grant funds following Hurricanes Ike and Gustav. The parish paid an additional $3 million of the construction costs. The 30,000-square-foot Edward A. Dufresne Community Center in Luling will double as an emergency shelter and distribution point for supplies in case of an emergency. It was built to withstand hurricane winds up to 130 miles per hour. To further emergency care, the facility has a backup generator in case power goes off and has showers adjacent to restrooms in case persons must use the facility as a shelter. Jindal praised the facility for being multi-purpose, being able to serve as a community center, emergency center and a facility for community events and sports activities. The facility also features a more than 270-space parking lot, a 2,100-square-foot meeting room that can be divided and a gym that can be used for sporting and other events. The facility also will be available for rent for town hall meetings, weddings and such.


Palm Beach success on one P3 could lead to another project

Officials in Palm Beach, Florida, cite the success of a recent public-private partnership (P3) that resulted in a streetscape makeover that they are now talking renovating the Town Hall Square Historic District. Officials hope to focus their efforts on Memorial Park. The Town Council recently voted to finance the improvements with a bond of approximately $4 million. That does not, however, include the $1.2 million needed for reconstruction of the Addison Mizner-designed fountain in the park. That cost was included in the capital improvement program. The Centennial Commission has asked the town to pay at least half the cost of the project that will include installation of stairs and a plaza with benches, additional landscaping, concrete sidewalks and more. The original cost estimate of $7 million to $10 million was rejected by the council. Since then, a scaled-down version has been planned with a cost of about $2.7 million. A summary of the conceptual details and preliminary budget will be presented to the council in November. Council is then expected to seek preliminary design services and then seek a firm to complete the final design.


Massachusetts city uses unique partnership for major overhaul of park facility

Gary ChristensonA youth sports park in Malden, Massachusetts is about to get a major overhaul as a result of a unique public-private partnership. The $65 million improvement project brought together a partnership that includes the city, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a realty company and two schools. South Broadway Park, a five-acre facility, will take approximately two years to complete. The facility will be home to youth baseball, lacrosse and soccer. "I am thrilled that Malden will soon be the home of yet another new park with a number of recreational features for all of our residents to enjoy," noted Mayor Gary Christenson (pictured). The city brought money from a successful bond issue to the project, the Commonwealth provided two state grants totaling $700,000, Malway Realty Associates donated land valued at more than $500,000 and Malden Catholic High School and the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School each donated $1 million to the project. Drainage work and improvements to the playground will be funded by a federal Community Development Block Grant. Other aspects of the project include installation of a synthetic turf, 90-foot baseball diamond with a field overlay for soccer and lacrosse; dugouts; bullpens/batting cages; spectator seating; lights; four tennis courts and a playground. Also on tap are fencing, pedestrian walkways, a landscaped plaza and concourse area and signage. 


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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 and let us know about your previous job and where you are now. This week we feature Stuart Drown. 


Stuart DrownStuart Drown (pictured) earned his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and his master's in public policy from the Richard and Rhonda Goldman School of Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley. Drown was a journalist for two decades, as both a reporter and editor. His journalism jobs include having been business editor at The Sacramento Bee, where he eventually shifted to news coverage and developing enterprise stories. He eventually was named city editor at the Bee, supervising a staff that included nine deputy and assistant city editors and 40 reporters. He also was business editor at the Akron Beacon Journal in Akron, Ohio, directing an award-winning staff covering global economic change in a major industrial regional region. Additionally, Drown was a staff writer at the Dow Jones News Service, covering the U.S. Treasury and was a writer for The American Lawyer in New York. In May 2006, Drown joined The Little Hoover Commission in Sacramento as its executive director, focusing on ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of California state programs. Drown was recently named by California Gov. Jerry Brown as deputy secretary of the new California Government Operations Agency. The agency will be responsible for administering state operations such as procurement, information technology and human resources. The agency will include nine departments, board and offices, including the Office of Administrative Law, Department of General Services, Department of Human Resources, Franchise Tax Board, Department of Technology, Public Employees' Retirement System, State Personnel Board, State Teachers' Retirement System and Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board. 


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Rick RudometkinRodney McClendonSally BradshawRick Rudometkin (top left), Eddy County, New Mexico, Public Works director, has been named the new Eddy County manager, succeeding Allen Sartin, who announced he will retire in December. Rodney McClendon (top center), Texas A&M University's vice president for administration, has announced he will step down on Oct. 31, giving up his job relating to facilities, utilities and energy management, business auxiliaries, risk management and compliance and safety and security. Sally Bradshaw (top right), former chief of staff to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, has resigned her spot on the Florida State Board of Education, effective immediately, although her term is not up until the end of the year. McKinney, Texas Assistant Fire Chief Neil Howard, who has served McKinney for more than 30 years, has announced his retirement, effective Oct. 31, and will then become fire chief of the city of Rowlett, beginning Nov. 4. After placing Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle on paid leave following ordering an investigation into his spending, the university has named Elizabeth Preston, vice president of Academic Affairs, as interim president. President Barack Obama is nominating Jeh Johnson, former top attorney at the Pentagon, to head the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, succeeding Janet Napolitano, who left that Larry Niswender Kathryn Verenosi Matt Wesaw position in July. Larry Niswender (bottom right), Oregon Lottery director, will end his eight-year run with state lottery operations that began as deputy director in 2005, with his retirement on Nov. 30. Kathryn Veronesi (bottom center), current interim principal at Elmer Thienes-Mary Hall School in Marlborough, Connecticut, has been selected as the Region 13 School District superintendent, bringing nearly three decades of state education experience to her new job. Matt Wesaw (bottom left), a former Michigan state trooper and a Native American tribal leader, has been chosen to fill the position of executive director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, filling the post vacated by Daniel Krichbaum, who retired in July. Salvataore Goncalves, principal at Bloomfield Middle School in New Jersey and interim director of personnel, has been appointed superintendent of the Bloomfield schools, after serving as a teacher and administrator in the district for 39 years. Spencer Nebel, city manager of the city of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, for the last 21 years, was recently selected as the new city manager of the city of Newport, Oregon. John Carter, a lieutenant in the Department of Public Safety in Mexico, Misssouri, has been appointed as the new police chief of the city of Monticello, Illinois, effective Nov. 6. 


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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.


Defense Energy Summit planned in Austin for November 11-13

The 2013 Defense Energy Summit, aimed at accelerating the discovery, development and deployment of new energy and infrastructure solutions for installations and operational branches of the United States military, is planned for Nov. 11-13 in Austin, Texas. It features the nation's energy, business and defense leadership as they focus on the foundation for a new Defense Energy Center of Excellence. The summit's focus will center on this proposed initiative and how to accelerate clean energy and infrastructure solutions for the Department of Defense. Among the keynote speakers will be William Bryan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure, Security and Energy Restoration, U.S. Department of Energy; Joseph Kopser, chair, Defense Energy Summit; and Sharon Burke, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, U.S. Department of Defense. The summit delivers the entire defense energy ecosystem, focusing on the needs and solutions of energy providers, project finance sources, early stage companies, defense contractors, military installations and purchasing agents. The agenda is available and registration is now open. To learn more about the Defense Energy Summit or the Defense Energy Center(s) of Excellence Initiative, please contact Jennifer Rocha at For support and sponsorship interests please contact Chris Erb at


Early registration for TCEA convention ends on Nov. 1

Early registration ends Nov. 1 for the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) 2014 Convention and Exposition to be held Feb. 3-7 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. This 34th annual convention will include educators from across the country and around the world as they network and share experiences to help them better integrate technology in the classroom and improve teaching skills and learning practices. Ten specialized academies will offer in-depth tech integration tips and best practices on a variety of topics. More than 400 workshops and hands-on sessions will be held and more than 450 companies will offer the latest technology solutions in the exhibit hall. More information is available and registration is now open. 


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