Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 5, Issue 31November 13, 2013
Cities find savings in green infrastructure projects

Green spaces and green infrastructure are being touted as ways to solve numerous municipal problems. Expect more attention to be focused on projects that fall into this category as this sweeping trend continues to build.


Cities, especially large ones, must deal with rapidly expanding populations and urban density that is on the upswing.


And, while there is little room for green space in most of America's cities, public officials are leading the efforts to integrate different types of functional green spaces, or green infrastructure, into public building and city plans. 




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Partner sought for bridge replacement
Coastal areas get grant funds
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming opportunities
Who's winning contracts?
News about P3s
Opportunity of the week
Where are they now?
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Work continues toward replacement of hundreds of bridges


PennDOT looking for private partner to finance, build, maintain infrastructure projects

Barry SchochAfter approval by the P3 Board in late September, work is continuing toward a public-private partnership in Pennsylvania that will lead to the replacement of hundreds of structurally deficient bridges. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently hosted a forum to acquaint potential private-sector participants regarding the scope of the project and requirements for participation.


The Public and Private Partnerships Act signed in 2012 allows PennDOT and other transportation authorities and commissions to partner with the private sector for delivery, maintenance and financing of transportation-related projects.


Barry Schoch (pictured), PennDOT Secretary and chair of the P3 Board, said increased private participation in transportation and infrastructure projects is allowing the state to make the most of its dwindling transportation funding. "Bringing in a third party to help with this bridge project effectively uses the P3 law," he said, "but the project could have even more impact if the state had more dollars to invest." PennDOT is hoping the legislature will appropriate more transportation funding while it is in session, but would also like to have P3 partners as a revenue option.


The bridge project, dubbed the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, would provide for similar design of between 200 and 300 bridges that need replacing in the state. They would all be replaced under one contract. The private-sector firm with whom the state would contract would be responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of the bridges. The bid winner also would be required to maintain the bridges for an undetermined number of years. Using the same basic design and construction would lead to cost savings when used on multiple bridges.


Grant funds awarded to Massachusetts coastal areas


Seaport Council funds support variety of infrastructure improvements, supports jobs 

Richard DaveyCoastal cities and towns that neighbor Boston have been awarded millions of dollars in grant funds to boost their economies. The $18 million in funds were awarded by the Seaport Advisory Council to support infrastructure improvements and to create jobs.


"We recognize and understand the importance of improved infrastructure in our seaport communities," said MassDOT Transportation Secretary Richard Davey (pictured). "The Council, in partnership with seaport communities, will help sustain the regional industries, support job creation and improve local economies up and down our coast." Davey also chairs the Council.


Details of plans for infrastructure improvements and economic growth were submitted and approved by the Council. Some of the projects approved include:

  • $5.6 million to support the Blynman Canal and Stacey Blvd. Seawall Reconstruction Project in Gloucester;
  • $4 million for ongoing improvements at the Blaney Street Wharf Project in Salem;
  • $50,000 in funding for the Bass River Dredging Engineering Project in Beverly;
  • $2 million to support the Union Wharf Rehabilitation Phase I Project in Fairhaven;
  • $2.9 million for continuing improvements at the State Pier South Basin Improvements Phase 2 in Fall River; and
  • $2 million to support the Oak Bluffs Public Access Improvement Phase 1 Project.
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Texas voters approve $3.92 million in local bond elections


Millions of dollars' in contracting opportunities will result from referendums

Contracting opportunities will be plentiful for private-sector vendors following passage of $392 billion in bond issues through Texas on Nov. 5. There were 92 bond issues at stake totaling $5.26 billion and 62 of those bond issues passed.


Of the bond issues that passed, most were in counties, cities and school districts. Two community colleges, two hospital districts and one drainage district also held bond elections. What will result from their passage will be road construction, water infrastructure projects, new schools, public safety facilities and new and renovated health care facilities. Issues that failed could be prime opportunities for public-private partnerships, as many of the entities with failed bond issues will be looking for other revenue sources.


Strategic Partnerships, Inc. is offering for sale its 2013 Bond Package that includes all of the bond issues held, which ones passed and a detailed description of the projects that will result from those bond proceeds. The document also includes a preview of the millions of dollars' worth of bond issues being talked about for 2014 and beyond. This document is available for sale now.


Here are some examples of bonds that passed:

  • A city in Central Texas passed a $65 million bond vote that will result in the addition of affordable housing in the city;
  • A city in North Texas passed a $75 million bond election that will provide for street and traffic control improvements, drainage improvements, new police and fire facilities, parks and recreation facilities and a senior center improvements;
  • A school district in West Texas will see the replacement of two elementary schools after passing an $87.7 million bond referendum;
  • A $20 million bond package was approved in an East Texas school district that will build a new high school and renovate the existing high school into a junior high school; and
  • Technology upgrades will be installed district-wide thanks to passage of a $50 million bond issue in a South Texas school district.
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Voters in city in New York approve bond issue for school upgrades

A $21.4 million bond issue was approved recently by voters in the Nyack school district in New York. As a result, the school district will see extensive building upgrades, new security measures and a facelift for athletic facilities. Another $5 million in capital reserves will be added to that amount for the projects that total $26.4 million. Nearly 38 percent of the project is expected to be paid for with state funds. Officials say the bulk of the funding will be to replace antiquated boilers, roofs and windows at facilities throughout the district. The fire alarm system will be upgraded and air conditioning will be installed in the high school. Technology upgrades will also be paid for with bond sale proceeds. Nearly 100 additional security cameras will be installed in five buildings. Other security measures include adding card readers for exterior doors.


St. Louis College plans $50 million campus project for new facility

John PieperPlans to build a $50 million classroom and research facility were recently announced by the St. Louis (Missouri) College of Pharmacy. The building will be built following an upcoming $88.4 million bond sales by the college. The college's student center building is scheduled to be demolished to make way for the new six-story, 229,000-square-foot academic building for the College of Pharmacy. The new facility will be a classroom and research facility on its Central West End campus and will also encompass the area currently used for a parking lot. Demolition of the student center is expected to begin in February or March 2014. The construction is expected to take 14 months. St. Louis College President John A. Pieper (pictured) said the bond issue approval marks an "historic day" in the college's history. He said the fact that many consider the college a "hidden gem in St. Louis" will no longer be the case. The new facility is expected to include an auditorium, classrooms, study areas and 30,000 square feet of research space. The library will be three times larger than the current one. The facility will also feature a welcome center for prospective students and their families.  


Application approved for six-story student housing at University of Virginia

The Charlottesville, Virginia, City Council has approved an application from the University of Virginia to build a six-story, 189-unit student housing project on the campus. In addition to student housing, the facility will also have retail space available. The new facility, "The Stanford," will be located near another student housing facility. Another student housing opportunity was discussed at the council meeting, but action was deferred until the Nov. 18 meeting.


Binghamton University secured funds for developing construction site

Harvey StengerBinghamton University's Southern Tier High Technology Incubator Inc. has earned a $2 million award through the U.S. Economic Development Administration to develop a construction site for a 40,000-square-foot, high-tech business and technology incubator in downtown Binghamton, New York. The project, aimed at strengthening the region's economy, is a partnership between the local government, the Broome County IDA and Binghamton University. The project would mean affordable and specialized space to help support high-tech companies. A total of $21 million in public and private investment into the local economy is expected to be a by-product of the project. The project will provide high-tech space for up to a dozen companies focusing on research and development in energy, microelectronics and health care. Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger (pictured) said the incubator will be "a cornerstone for the economic revitalization of the region." He said the $2 million award will help the university move forward with the project. Officials say that within five years of the completion of the construction site, the annual economic impact is expected to be $17 million.


Washington school district's $195 million construction bond issue passes

A new Tahoma (Washington) High School will be built after the recent passage of a $195 million construction bond issue. The new school will house grade 9-12 and will be located on land the district is currently working to purchase. The high school is projected to cost about $144 million, excluding the costs of planning the site and for permits. The school district is planning some realignment of schools as well. Glacier Park and Rock Creek elementaries will remain elementary schools. Lake Wilderness, the largest elementary in the state, will remain as an elementary, but the older part of the school will be torn down and the school will be half its current size. Tahoma Middle School will become an elementary school and Tahoma Junior High and the current Tahoma High School will become middle schools.


Montana school district bond issue will lead to new schools, renovations

Terry BouckVoters in Billings, Montana, recently approved the Billings School District Two's $122 million construction bond issue. Two new middle schools will be built with the proceeds from the sale of the bonds, as well as numerous remodeling, refurbishing and renovation projects. Terry Bouk (pictured), superintendent of School District Two, said he was nervous going into the balloting, but said the vote from the community will allow district officials to "deliver on our promises" to deliver the two new schools and staff to operate them. As the student population increases, classrooms were becoming overcrowded and facilities are aging rapidly. The successful bond issue will allow the school district to address these issues. McKinley and Broadwater elementaries, both of which are over 100 years old, will be completely renovated. The district is about 800 students over capacity and the new and renovated facilities will help alleviate overcrowding.  


North Carolina school bond issue passes, funding 17 campus projects

Two bond issues totaling $500 million were recently passed in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. A $122 million construction bond measure was passed by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools that will result in 17 projects on school campuses. Among the projects will be replacement schools and renovations to older schools. Another $210 million successful bond vote in the county benefits the Charlotte Piedmont Community College and will fund 10 projects. The funds will be used to add classrooms, renovate some buildings, add manufacturing and technology training space and new laboratories.



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Hospital, school in Marin County to benefit from successful bonds

Marin County, California, voters recently approved a $394 million bond issue that will result in construction and improvements to the Marin General Hospital. The bond proceeds will be used for seismic upgrades to the facility as well as expansion of the emergency and other medical facilities. Voters also approved a $5 million bond referendum that will mean upgrades for the Lagunita Elementary School District. Projects will include the modernization of classrooms and libraries, school facility renovations, technology upgrades and playground and athletic field upgrades.


New cruise terminal proposal approved for Port Canaveral, Florida

An $80 million new cruise terminal in the cover area of Port Canaveral, Florida, has been approved by the port commissioners. The terminal will include a parking garage complex as well. The 185,000-square-foot terminal, to be known as Cruise Terminal One, could be open as early as November of next year. Port officials say they expect to announce cruise ship tenants for the terminal soon.  


Feasibility study leads to planned recycled water program in California

Nelson FiahloFollowing completion of a feasibility study, the city of Pleasanton, California, is now planning to institute a recycled water program. The feasibility study outlined the potential customers, costs and benefits of a recycling program. City officials have now authorized staff to begin preparing environmental documents to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations. The feasibility study was approved by the State Water Resources Control Board, allowing the city to begin applying for loans and grants to help defray the costs. City Manager Nelson Fialho (pictured) called the program "monumental." He noted that Pleasanton is the only community in the Tri-Valley community without an integrated built-out recycled water system. Once the feasibility study and environmental documents are approved, the city can apply for a permit to use and sell recycled water. Like other areas of the state, California is looking at future water supply problems and this type of alternate water supply will be a source of water unaffected by drought and will also be under local control. The cost to expand capacity at the DERWA recycled water treatment plant to accommodate Pleasanton will cost about $1.4 million. But, additional infrastructure would also have to be built to connect to a reservoir owned by the city.  


Oregon city approves plans for $30 million water filtration plant

A $30 million water filtration plan has been approved by city officials in Bend, Oregon. The plant will be used for the city's water supply and to bring the city into compliance with federal regulations regarding water quality. The proposed membrane filtration system will remove any contaminants. The city currently has a year to comply with the federal restrictions, but is expected to seek an extension.


Los Angeles to issue RFP for citywide gigabit Internet service

A request for proposals for a citywide gigabit Internet service is being issued by the city of Los Angeles. Officials are planning a service that will be used by all residences, businesses and government entities in the city. A bidder who wins the contract award will be expected to absorb the $3 million to $5 million to complete the build out. It is expected that officials will lean toward a vendor that can handle cellular and data center capabilities. The bid process is expected to take up to three months and negotiations with the top bidder could take another six to nine months.


Los Angeles streetcar project continuing despite possible funding shortfall

Jose HuizarDespite facing what could be a multi-million-dollar shortfall, the Los Angeles streetcar project is still moving forward. Councilman Jose Huizar (pictured) admitted that the original cost estimate was lower than the actual price. Some estimates are that it could approach $300 million. Utility relocations are driving the costs up, and officials are looking at alternative ways to fund those costs. And regardless of cost, streetcar supporters continue to tout its economic benefits to all of Downtown Los Angeles. City officials still argue that the project will create thousands of new jobs and bring $1.1 billion in new development to the area. Officials are also exploring the possibility of a public-private partnership to help finance the project. A parcel tax on downtown property owners is expected to raise about $62.5 million toward the project's design, engineering and construction costs. Officials were hoping the remaining $75 million toward what was projected as a $125 million project would come from a grant from the Federal Transportation Administration. But to qualify for that grant, the city would have to raise the remainder of the funding. 


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  • Smith-Rowe LLC won a $4,888,743 contract from the Airy-Surry County Airport Board in Holly Springs, North Carolina, to relocate the Holly Springs Church Road in preparation for an extension of the runway at Mount Airy-Surry County Airport.
  • Raytheon won a new sole-source, firm-fixed-price contract worth up to $42.8 million to supply various radio parts and equipment to the U.S. Navy and to the government of Australia.
  • URS Group was awarded a $13 million firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery contract to perform architect-engineering services for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, supporting the "beddown" (establishing of infrastructure needed to support deployment) of U.S. Air Force KC-46C aerial refueling tankers.
  • Tanner Construction Company, Inc. won a $31,361,489 contract from the Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department to construct a new White River Bridge on Arkansas Highway 367, and reconstruct a one-mile stretch of Highway 367 from the curve north of the bridge to Third Street in Newport.
  • Medico Industries was awarded a $19.1 million, multi-year contract from the U.S. Army for projectile gun unit-45/B metal parts.
  • Engility Holdings, Inc. has been awarded a fixed-price, five-year contract worth $20.7 million by the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command to enhance current "Beyond Line of Sight" communications for U.S. Marine Corp ground and aviation operations. Engility will provide life cycle support to include software maintenance and mission support services under the contract.
  • PAE Applied Technologies has won a $23.2 million option with the Navy to provide range engineering, operations and maintenance services in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center. PAE will support the center's Aircraft Division with its Atlantic Test Range and Atlantic Targets and Marine Operations Division.
  • Cleco Corp. won a $3.4 million contract from the Commonwealth of Virginia to reconstruct about one mile of state Route 658 in Smyth County.
  • Iridium Satellite won a contract worth up to $400 million from the Defense Information Systems Agency to provide unlimited airtime for voice, data, paging and distributed tactical communications system services.
  • Emcube won a contract worth up to $7.5 million from the U.S. Navy for technical representative services.

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News about public-private partnerships (P3)


Study to employ public-private partnership for looking at bypass

A public-private partnership including the Marquette (Michigan) County Road Commission, city of Marquette, Marquette Township and the Eagle Mine is studying the viability of a bypass in north Marquette. A scoping study, scheduled to be completed next February and funded by Eagle Mine, will be used to understand the design, permits and construction of the bypass. The partnership is seeking both long- and short-term transportation solutions to meet the needs of the community as well as the trucking industry. Community meetings are schedule next year to allow community input on the scoping study.


Private partners being sought for Maryland's light rail line

Jim SmithPrivate partners are being sought to help build Maryland's Purple Line after the Maryland Board of Public Works recently authorized state transportation officials to look to the private sector for some of the funding for the proposed $2.2 billion line. The rail line would run through Montgomery and Prince George's counties. The action comes after legislation was passed by the General Assembly that allowed for public-private infrastructure projects. The line would extend for 16 miles and would have more than 20 stations between Bethesda and New Carrollton. The rail line is planned to give commuters another option for traveling between the state's two largest counties. The state is seeking $900 million in federal funding, with private companies to put up between $500 million and $900 million. The state would be responsible for covering the remainder of the costs. Maryland Transportation Secretary Jim Smith (pictured) said that for the project to move forward, "It's pretty dependent upon the federal funding coming through." Officials are hoping for a budget recommendation in fiscal year 2015, but if the money is not awarded, the state could either provide that amount or ask private companies to invest more. With construction expected to take five years, officials hope to have a final request for proposals out in April and to select a proposal in September.


Pilot program in Detroit will give malls, businesses access to loans

A program involving the state of Detroit and Huntington Bank will give mall and businesses access to loans. The bank has committed $5 million to the program - the Pure Michigan Micro Lending Initiative - and has plans to commit an additional $20 million. The money will be allocated to the Detroit Development Fund. The program is aimed at small businesses owned by women and minorities. Huntington bank officials challenged other banks to join as lending pool funders. The bank was also a founding partner in the Pure Michigan Business Connect, which put up $2 billion in lending for commercial and Michigan-based companies that was also a public-private program. The goal is to spur more community partnerships and economic activity in the state. The U.S. Treasury Department recently approved using State Small Business Credit Initiative funds to support the state's portion of the initiative.


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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 Ed Shikada.


Ed ShikadaEd Shikada (pictured) earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Hawaii and a master's in architecture and urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also participated in the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. Shikada has more than two decades of experience in the public sector. He served from 1991 to 1995 in countywide planning and programming with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. From 1995 to 2003, Shikada was employed by the Department of Public Works for the city of Los Angeles. In 2003, he was named deputy city manager for the city of San Jose, a position he held until 2010, at which time he was promoted to assistant city manager. He held that post until recently, when he was promoted to city manager. He will replace Deb Figone, who announced in September that she would retire after six years at the helm of the city. He will now oversee nearly 7,500 city employees and a $2.9 billion budget.


Collaboration Nation



Marty MorgensternEricka MillerWilliam EvansMarty Morgenstern (top left), longtime adviser to California Gov. Jerry Brown, has retired as secretary of the state Labor and Workforce Development Agency, with David Lanier, Brown's chief deputy legislative affairs secretary, named to fill the post. Ericka M. Miller (top center), vice president with the Education Trust, has been nominated by President Barack Obama as the U.S. Education Department's assistant secretary for postsecondary education, replacing David Bergeron, who was acting assistant secretary, but left to join the Center for American Progress. Boston Police Superintendent William Evans (top right), has been named by Mayor Thomas M. Menino, as acting commissioner of the Boston Police Department, having risen through the ranks as captain of two districts and was overseeing the patrol division of the department's bureau of field services. Tim Doney, a veteran police officer who spent 25 years rising through the ranks of the Medford Police Department, most recently serving as deputy chief, has been chosen as the new police chief for the city of Springfield, Oregon. A new position, Executive Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness, has been created for Zelema Harris, retired chancellor of St. Louis Community College and former interim chancellor of Pima Community College (PCC), to serve alongside Julia BrownDon Tharpe Evan Dobelle Chancellor Lee Lambert of PCC. Kenneth R. Evans was invested recently as the 15th president of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, after being appointed president in April, succeeding James M. Simmons, who  retired. Julia Brown (bottom right), an attorney and former employee of the sheriff's department, working as a grants assistant, has been chosen as the new county manager for Dona Ana County in New Mexico, with interim Assistant County Manager Chuck McMahon named permanent assistant county manager for operations. Don Tharpe (bottom center), a veteran of 30 years' experience in association management and former CEO, COO and executive director of several trade associations and professional societies, has been chosen executive director of the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO). Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle (bottom left) has announced his immediate retirement amid controversy over his alleged lavish spending of university resources. The city of Miami Gardens, Florida, has chosen Cameron Benson, an assistant city manager who has served as interim city manager since October, as its new city manager, replacing Danny Crew, who stepped down after 10 years. Robert Hoecherl, a 27-year veteran of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department and a 10-year veteran of the Broward County Fire Department, has been chosen as Fort Lauderdale's new fire chief, replacing former Chief Jeffrey Justinak, who retired. 


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32nd Annual Government Contract Management Symposium starts Nov. 18

The National Contract Management Association's 32nd Annual Government Contract Management Symposium 2013 is scheduled for Nov. 18-19 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. The "Leveraging Change, Bridging Strategies, Moving Forward" themed event will feature speakers and sessions that allow attendees to learn about and discuss recent and pending legislation, federal budget cuts, the relationship of government and industry, strategic sourcing, pricing, human capital and more. Some of the benefits for attendees are exposure to more than 25 educational sessions led by leaders from the field, an exhibit hall with more than 50 sponsors and exhibitors offering critical contracting solutions, a free Contract Management Career Fair with more than 20 organizations ready to hire, the ability to attend several additional training and networking events and the opportunity to network with more than 800 government contracting professionals from around the nation. The agenda is now available and registration is open.


NCSL Fall Forum planned in Washington, D.C., for Dec. 10-12

The National Conference of State Legislatures Fall Forum will be held in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 10-12. The conference will be at the Marriott Wardman Park. The Fall Forum brings together legislators and staff to craft solutions to critical issues and to network with colleagues from around the nation. The event features a Lobby Day on Capitol Hill to advocate for the states. There will also be exclusive briefings for legislative staff. The meeting schedule is now available and more information on registration is available on the Web site. Among the topics will be energy supply, the changing role of states in long-term services and supports, elections policy for 2014, women's health issues, elections technology, insurance issues, transportation access and performance and more. More information, including the agenda and registration, is now available.

TCEA convention for 2014 will be held in Austin, Texas

TheTexas Computer Education Association (TCEA) 2014 Convention and Exposition will 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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