Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 5, Issue 41February 5, 2014

Federal agencies should be urged to consider P3s

The federal government has what is best described as a property management crisis. It owns entirely too many underutilized properties and deteriorating facilities that have been ignored for decades. Deferred maintenance eventually catches up with owners of any facility and the federal government must now address these problems - at a cost that is prohibitive. Congress actually allocated billions of dollars several years ago, but the funding for repair, maintenance and/or repurposing was simply inadequate and additional funding now is not available.


Many with expertise in this area have argued that private capital must be part of any solution. Developers who would find new uses for vacant or underutilized buildings and government property could not only provide the needed funding for renovation and repair, but their efforts would also expand the tax base and bring new revenues into cash-strapped federal agencies.




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Amtrak CEO makes case for Transportation Trust Fund


Boardman urges investment not just in highways, but other modes of transportation

Joe BoardmanAs a September deadline looms for funding for the nation's Highway Trust Fund and federal officials are warning that the fund could actually run dry before that time, Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman (pictured) is making his case for a balanced Transportation Trust Fund. Such a fund, said the Amtrak boss, would provide funding for all modes of surface transportation - highways, transit and passenger and freight rail.


At a recent speech to the National Press Club, Boardman gave the eulogy for the Highway Trust Fund, saying, "The Highway Trust Fund is dead." Providing for the nation's infrastructure needs

Amtrak President/CEO Joe Boardman is pushing for balanced transportation funding. (Amtrak photo)

within the existing financing structure is a no-win situation, he said. "The questions we as Americans must answer are, 'How do we redefine the approach to federal transportation investment to ensure it is focused on truly national needs? How do we recapture the national vision and purpose of the Interstate era?'"


Boardman called the Highway Trust Fund "financially unviable," and built on an outmoded scheme for mobility in this country. He suggested that rather than continue to rely on a highway program, the emphasis instead should be on a surface transportation program. He suggested it is time to move away from doing things just because that's the way they were done in the past and instead supporting a program that invests in projects that can deliver "real results."


The Amtrak president made his case for a funding program that supports other modes of transportation, but particularly rail. He cited figures that Amtrak has set ridership records in 10 of the last 11 years and carries three times as many passengers between New York and Washington as all the airlines put together. And, with revenues up 21 percent since 2008, Boardman said Amtrak is able to support 89 percent of its operating costs from non-federal revenues.


Throwing money at the situation is not helpful, said Boardman. He pointed to a recent Congressional Budget Office study that said the deficit in the Highway Trust Fund will grow from $7 billion in 2015 to $126 billion in 2023. "A world-leading economy today requires a world-leading transportation system," not just a highway system, said Boardman. "The people out there - customers, constituents, citizens and taxpayers - want us to deliver good, relevant infrastructure solutions." 


Louisiana DOTD has 'Can you top this' money-making plan


Seeks consultant to sell advertising on state properties from bridges to ferries

DOTD LogoThink you've seen everything? The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) may have a "Can you top this?" proposal. As a result, drivers in Louisiana could see DOTD employees working on state highways with safety vests on that say, "Eat at Joe's. Diner" on the back!


The agency is seeking information from consultants who can run a campaign to sell advertisements on just about anything that doesn't move - and some things that do. DOTD is looking to make money by selling ads on state bridges, roads, rest areas, ferries, scenic areas - even the safety vests transportation employees wear.


DOTD is thinking outside the box and thinking creatively. And it's not just getting started. DOTD already has a contract with the state's largest insurer - State Farm - to put the company's logo and name on Motorist Assistant Patrol vehicles. The trucks offer assistance to stalled vehicles in Louisiana metro areas to ensure smooth traffic flow. And State Farm pays the state $250,000 a year for a three-year contract.


The agency has the right of refusal to maintain control over what can and can't be advertised on state property. Money realized from any such advertising contracts goes back into DOTD's $350 million operating budget. The success of the program and how willing the public is to accept it could map the future of the program. But, if it works and is profitable, it could start a trend among state governments.


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Arizona Western College approves new public safety building on main campus

Daniel BarajasArizona Western College will soon have a new Public Safety facility on the college's main campus. The approximately $1.4 million facility will be home to the Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Medical Technical and Paramedic programs as well as Fire, Law Enforcement Training Academy, Administration of Justice and Homeland Security programs. The new building is expected to be 7,500 square feet and will be located adjacent to the College Community Center. Still in the early stages of design and construction, the facility is expected to be completed by the end of December. "This facility would allow for our Public Safety programs to come together under one roof, allowing for greater collaboration among our professional administrators and faculty for programs," said Daniel Barajas (pictured), dean of Career and Technical Education at the college. The additional space is necessary to increase the amount of Public Safety courses on campus to meet a growing need of students interested in the program. The facility not only will be used for training, but also for meetings, course offerings and to hopefully meet the needs of the community.


Texas ISD moving ahead with new activity center, high school expansion

Midway, Texas, Independent School District officials recently gave preliminary approval for architectural plans for a new $8.4 million student activity center. Trustees also are expected to approve a $6.6 million project to add a fine arts wing to the high school in about two months. Voters approved $34 million in bonds last year to pay for the new student activity center that will feature a metal building large enough to house football practices, soccer games, band practices and other student activities during bad weather. The project to expand the high school calls for adding a 25,000-square-foot wing featuring a new dance hall, locker rooms, dressing rooms, choir hall, orchestra hall and storage and practice rooms. Current plans call for the board to select a construction manager for the activity center this month and the project to be completed in November or December, noted Karl Kacir, assistant superintendent for finance. Board members are expected to select a construction manager for the fine arts wing project within two months and expect the project to be completed in April 2015, Kacir said.


Missouri State planning to seek bids in April for new Welcome Center

Welcome CenterA new Welcome Center on the campus of Missouri State University is likely to go out for bids in April. Construction of the center (as seen in the accompanying artist's rendering) will probably take a year. The center will serve as a centralized site for both students and visitors and will provide an early introduction to the campus as the starting point for tours of the campus. As the construction begins, two parking lots will be removed to make room for construction of the center. The 12,800-square-foot facility will include an auditorium and will also have office spaces for some admissions staff. It will feature cutting-edge technology and relate to today's students. Officials say the Welcome Center is a much-needed facility to serve as the face of the university.


Virginia school district approves construction, renovation program

A growing student population has led officials in the McLean, Virginia, schools to approve an $866 million capital spending program that will provide for new construction, upgrades and infrastructure projects. The five-year spending plan includes new schools, additional construction to add capacity, renovations and more. The district sees about 3,000 new students each year and that growth is expected to continue. Some $416 million of the amount has already been funded. Future bond issues are expected to fund the remainder. School staff has been asked to identify methods by which the renovations can be finished at five high schools by July. These schools were built in the 1960s and have not yet undergone complete renovations. Last year, voters approved a $250 million bond election. It will build two new elementary schools, provide enhancements to add capacity at nine elementaries, one middle and one high school and renovations for eight elementary schools, one middle and two high schools. Other infrastructure projects and land acquisitions are also included. The school system is limited to spending no more than $155 million per year on capital projects.


Wisconsin school district approves $27.7 million technology plan for grades 2-12

Luke GanglerA $27.7 million technology plan will be put in place in the Madison, Wisconsin, school district following action of its Board of Education. The proposal will put wireless computing devices in the hands of students in grades 2-12 by the end of the 2018-19 school year. The board was likely swayed by students attending one of their meetings to show how they use tablets for writing assignments, math work and other school work. Teachers followed up showing how the tablets help them monitor student progress. Speaking at the meeting was Luke Gangler (pictured), the non-voting student Board of Education member. Gangler said there needs to be a vision how the technology will be used at the middle and high school levels. One board member suggested that the district shop for other types of devices and hire more technical support for them.


Design approved for Wyoming school district's high school

Bids will be opened on Feb. 20 for construction of a new Laramie High School in Laramie, Wyoming. The school district recently approved the $87.8 million project, with a bid contract expected to be awarded March 5 and work to begin on the project on March 12. Design documents were recently approved by the school's facilities department. The design process began in October 2012. Officials realize that with this size project, many local contractors will likely get work. In-state contractors get a 5 percent price advantage over bidders from out of state. Officials hope that at least 70 percent of subcontractors and suppliers will come from inside the state. The state allocated $62.8 million for construction of the school's core facility in March. An additional $25 million was approved in a May bond vote. Those funds will be used for enhancements such as a pool, expanded auditorium and more. 


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Draft RFP released for Department of Defense electronic health record

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has released a draft request for proposal (RFP) for a new electronic health record (EHR) system. The DOD intends to purchase a commercial EHR to replace the system it canceled, as did the Veterans Affairs Department. The two found the costs too high and did not want to have a joint EHR in both the military and veterans medical systems. The new EHR for DOD will replace the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application, Composite Health Care System and EHR components including AHTLA-Theater, according to the RFP. The system would be implemented in two segments, the first for fixed facilities such as hospital facilities in garrison and non-garrison settings. The second phase would extend across the full range of military operations. Facing a Dec. 31, 2016, deadline for deploying a modern EHR, both for the DOD and the VA, the first segment would include 57 hospitals, 364 medical clinics, 282 dental clinics and 200 vet clinics. The second segment would include 227 naval vessels, air platforms and group facilities such as hospital ships, other ships and submarines and combat support hospitals.


Topeka approves $25 million facelift along Wanamaker Corridor

Nathan SchmidtCreation of a $25 million Community Improvement District (CID) in Topeka will help enhance the Wanamaker Corridor. To help pay for the CID, a 1 percent sales tax for up to 22 years on purchases from within the district will be dedicated to the improvements - along with special obligation bonds. Councilman Nathan Schmidt (pictured) called the creation of the district a "great move" for the city, adding that it is a low risk for the city to help develop a part of Wanamaker that is "old and been neglected." Ground work is expected to begin sometime this month. Wanamaker is a gateway of sorts to the community and officials seek the CID as a way of redeveloping the area and bringing in new restaurants and a national sporting goods retailer.


Palo Alto will build new police headquarters facility, even without bonds

Palo Alto officials are planning to take a bond issue to voters in November, but even if voters say "no" in the bond vote that would increase the city's hotel tax rate, they plan still to build a new public safety building. Members of the city council's Infrastructure Committee recently voted to make a new public safety building a top priority. Even if the bond issue that would include the $57 million police headquarters does not pass, officials say that they will use existing city funds if necessary. In 2010, a committee was charged with identifying the city's infrastructure priorities. The police headquarters was described as unsafe, but there has never been enough support to move forward on replacing it. The city even had a proposal, which was later withdrawn, to build a new police station in exchange for the right to build two office buildings at a specific site in the city. The bond issue might also include new downtown garages, bike improvemenst and replacement of two fire stations.


Ohio city to advertise for bids later this month for $3.17 million water treatment plant

Marsha HallBids are expected to be sought this month for construction of a $3.17 million water treatment plant in Groveport, Ohio. Construction is expected to begin in April. City Administrator Marsha Hall (pictured) said she expects to advertise for bids on Feb. 10 and award the project March 10. Users of the system will face a 20 percent rate increase to pay for the project and operating expenses. The project is expected to be completed by early 2015. "Once the plant is fully completed and all costs accounted for, we will do another rate analysis to determine if we can either reduce or eliminate some of the future rate increases that were already approved," said Hall. The city chose to build a new plant rather than enter into a full-service water agreement with the city of Columbus.


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  • Thomas Bus Gulf Coast was awarded a contract for $1,712,844 from the Conroe (Texas) Independent School District for purchase of 18 diesel and propane buses.
  • Dana B. Kenyon Co. won a $23.5 million contract to design and build an intermodal container transfer facility for the Port of Jacksonville.

  • Ledcor has been awarded a $39.8 million contract by Nevada State College to build two, three-story academic buildings - a 66,000-square-foot Nursing & Sciences Building that features classrooms, science labs, an auditorium, faculty offices and computer labs and a 61,000-square-foot Student Activities & Administration Building to house admissions, a book store, food services, a campus library, the registrar and financial aid offices and student club and administrative offices.

  • AAA Asphalt Paving Inc. was awarded a $1.24 million contract from the Bellaire, Texas, City Council for street maintenance that will result in about 30 blocks of streets being repaired and involves milling existing asphalt pavement, making concrete and asphalt pavement point repairs, placing asphalt overlay over concrete and asphalt concrete pavement and placing storm sewers.

  • OnPoint Consulting, Inc. was awarded a 10-year, $59-million contract with the U.S. Air Force to provide IT services to the Air Force District of Washington.

  • ManTech International Corporation  has been awarded a one-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity base contract with six one-year options with a value of $85 million from the U.S. Navy's Naval Facilities Engineering Command to provide range sustainability services for military training and testing range complexes and assets at various locations worldwide.

  • BOH Environmental won a contract worth up to $250 million from the Defense Logistics Agency for several types of containers and container parts.

  • Accenture Federal Services won a contract worth up to $45 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for general purpose information technology equipment.

  • Ratcliff Contractors LP was awarded a $3.17 million contract by the city of Sweetwater, Texas, to build the city's new police station.

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Public-private partnership to improve long-term care options

Karl DeanA public-private partnership is planned in Nashville that is aimed at improving long-term care options in the city and in Davidson County. The project will also transform two Metro-owned facilities to privately run facilities. Both the Bordeaux Nursing Home and the Knowles Assisted Living Center are operated by the Metropolitan Nashville Hospital Authority, but the plan calls for private-sector investments in both. The proposal also calls for construction of a new skilled nursing facility by a private-sector partner. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean (pictured) said the project has been a work in progress over the last year trying to identify the best way for the facilities to meet the community's needs. "The public-private partnership proposed as the result of this effort will not only provide enhanced care for the seniors and other individuals who call these facilities home, but it will also preserve jobs and reduce the need for future Metro subsidies," he said. Anticipated in the first three years of the project are construction of an $18 million skilled nursing center to be built, owned and operated by private-sector partners, a private investment of $250,000 in capital improvements to the Bordeaux Nursing Home and private investment of at least $300,000 in capital improvements to the Knowles Assisted Living Center. "We can do better by our seniors, our employees, our community and our taxpayers by bringing partners to the table with the specific expertise and resources necessary to help these facilities succeed long-term," said Dean.


Georgia development authority enters into P3 for $100 million development

The Stockbridge, Georgia, Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is entering into a public-private partnership with a private firm to build a $100 million major technology development. Georgia Technology Park already has one 33,000-square-foot building on the 40-acre site. The DDA will own the high-tech park and it will be operated by the private partner, World Internet Group. The project is expected to create 8,000 jobs over the next several years. With some infrastructure already in place, the technology park will go online this spring, according to company officials. The private partner already is leasing the one structure at the park. The building will house an innovation lab and an accelerator designed to help technology companies that are start-ups or seeking to grow without leaving the area. The first phase of the development will include a learning center and job center to help enhance technology services to benefit Stockbridge, the surrounding area and the state. Several data centers will eventually be able to locate in the park.


Kentucky studying using P3s for community college infrastructure funding

Steve BeshearKentucky officials are studying the use of public-private partnerships for work on community college campuses such as the Gateway Community and Technical College in Covington. Supporting the effort are Gov. Steve Beshear (pictured) and Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) leaders. The BuildSmart Investment for Kentucky Competitiveness is built on issuing agency bonds to community colleges to reinvest in campus improvements. The colleges would invest general revenue funds in the projects, at no cost to taxpayers. For the Gateway campus, that would mean $145.5 million in bonds, the largest single investment in the KCTCS system since it was formed in 1997. The plan is to use agency bonds to fund 75 percent of the cost of 16 projects, including the Gateway campus, with the remaining 25 percent coming from the private sector - local communities and other public or private sources. The combining of both partners' funding would result in $194 million in construction across the Commonwealth. "As our campuses have swelled with students, we haven't been able to keep up with the system's broad infrastructure needs," Beshear said. "Through BuildSmart, agency bonds will let KCTCS campuses upgrade facilities to accommodate student needs with no impact to the General Fund. At a time when we are pushing our students to pursue higher education, it's imperative that they have adequate classrooms and facilities."


LSU raises necessary funding for its share of P3 for renovation of hall

Louisiana State University has collected the $50 million in private donations it needs for its part of funding of the renovation of Patrick F. Taylor Hall. The building is expected to be transformed into a high-tech engineering complex. The Louisiana Workforce Commission estimates that the state will need a 30 percent increase in engineers and construction management graduates over the next several years. So, the university pledged to raise $50 million of the $100 million needed. The state pledged to match every dollar LSU raised as part of the Breaking New Ground campaign. The new facility is expected to be able to compete with any other engineering school in the country. 


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 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 John Kelly.


John KellyJohn Kelly (pictured) earned his bachelor's degree from Clemson University and his master's and doctoral degrees from Ohio State University. Kelly, who has a background in horticulture, has been at Clemson University since 1985. He most recently served as vice president for economic development at the South Carolina university. In that capacity, Kelly was one of the three mission vice presidents of the university and was responsible for setting policy, strategic planning, hiring strategies, communication and budgeting for the university. Since January 2007, Kelly has served as executive director of the Clemson University Restoration Institute, where he built a highly collaborative team to educate students and direct research in energy systems. In addition, he served as the State of South Carolina agency head of "Clemson University Public Service Activities" including the SC Experiment Station, Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, Regulatory Services and Livestock Poultry Health, with programs in 46 counties. Kelly had oversight for Clemson University Undergraduate Service Learning and administrative responsibility of numerous institutes and centers at the University. Kelly was recently named the new president of Florida Atlantic University. He replaces Mary Jane Saunders, who resigned. 




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Andrew DolloffKurt WilsonCharles DangerAndrew R. Dolloff (top left), a York County (Maine) school superintendent and former Scarborough school administrator, was recently hired as Yarmouth's new superintendent, effective July 1, replacing interim superintendent William J. Michaud. Stockton, California, Interim City Manager Kurt Wilson (top center), who joined the city as deputy city manager in 2012 and has been interim city manager since last November, has been named new city manager, replacing outgoing City Manager Bob Deis. Charlie Danger (top right), Miami-Dade County building chief, has announced his retirement and will be replaced by his deputy, Juliana Salas. President Barack Obama has nominated Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers, a Navy cryptologist, to lead the National Security Agency and the Pentagon's cyber warfare organization, succeeding Gen. Keith Alexander, NSA director since 2005 who is retiring in March. Johnson O. Akinleye, who was associate vice chancellor for academic programs at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, is the new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at North Carolina Central University. Ohio State University has chosen ophthalmologist Michael V. Drake, chancellor of the University of California at Irvine and former vice president for health affairs of the University of California system, to be its next president, replacing E. Gordon Gee, who stepped down last year. The Reynoldsburg (Ohio) Board of Tina Thomas-Manning Mark Schlissel Allen Banks Education has hired Tina Thomas-Manning (bottom right), current associate superintendent at the Ohio Department of Education, as the new Reynoldsburg superintendent, to succeed Superintendent Steve Dackin, who is retiring. Brown University Provost and biochemist Mark Schlissel (bottom center) was recently named the new president of the University of Michigan. Albuquerque, New Mexico, Chief of Police Allen Banks (bottom left), who has spent his entire 21-year law enforcement career with the department and who has served as interim chief since August of last year, has been named chief of the Round Rock, Texas, Police Department. Phoenix Fire Department Executive Assistant Chief Kara Kalkbrenner has been appointed interim chief of the department, replacing Fire Chief Bob Khan, who is retiring Feb. 28. Richard Lindenmuth, a North Carolina businessman who specializes in business restructurings, has been named interim chief executive officer of the new nonprofit Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. Susana E. Guerrero, a former lawyer for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, has been chosen as the executive director of the state's ethics watchdog agency. 


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P3C 2014: The Public-Private Partnership Conference, February 24-25

P3C returns to Dallas next month, and will bring together the top industry minds and decision-makers to address the most relevant and pressing issues faced by public-planners, developers and A/E/C professionals. Over two days, P3C attendees will discover creative project finance solutions, learn strategies for handling the complexities of public-private partnerships and network with a vast pool of professionals experienced in all facets of planning and finance. P3C will also host Deal Day Showcase Sessions where public planners preview some of the newest development and procurement opportunities in America. Presenters will discuss their development goals, redevelopment visions and the details behind their capital projects. How will you grow your business and find new partners in the near year? Space is limited and registration prices increase on Jan. 31. For more information, visit


ASPA plans 75th anniversary celebration in March in D.C.

The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) will hold its 2014 Annual Conference March 14-18, 2014, at the Mayflower Renaissance in Washington, D.C. One of the keynote presentations will be given by Elaine Karmark, a public policy expert who founded the New Democratic Movement that helped elect President Bill Clinton. She is also the founding director of the Center for Effective Public Management at Brookings Institution. This year's conference celebrates the 75th anniversary of the ASPA. The conference programming examines the challenge of managing and leading public service organizations in the 21st century, public human resource management, budgeting and finance management and policy formulation and service delivery. Featuring more than 150 panels led by public-service experts, the event will address changing public-sector ethics, how to create smarter government and working across levels of government and sectors. Conference registration is now open and additional information is available.

National Association of Counties preparing for Legislative Conference

The National Association of Counties will host its 2014 Legislative Conference March 1-5 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. The annual event brings together more than2,000 elected and appointed county officials from across the country to focus on legislative issues facing county government. Attendees hear from key federal officials and members of Congress and are offered a myriad of additional educational opportunities addressing current and hot topic issues. A day of lobbying on Capitol Hill the last day rounds out an information-packed Conference. Among the speakers for the event will be Mike Allen, chief White House Correspondent for Politico, and the honorary co-chairs of the No Labels organization, Gov. Jon Huntsman and Sen. Joe Manchin. They will discuss how to engage in a dialogue that delves further into breaking down the structural problems that push the nation's leaders apart and how the existence of common goals can drive across-the-aisle solutions. Registration is now open and the conference schedule is available.


National League of Cities to host Congressional City Conference

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan will be guest speakers at the upcoming National League of Cities 2014 Congressional City Conference. The event is slated for March 8-12 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. The Congressional City Conference brings together more than 2,000 elected and appointed city leaders to focus on the federal policy issues that are important to local governments. Partnering with the National League of Cities ensures the nation's cities a seat at the decision-making table with members of Congress, the White House and federal agencies looking for solutions to addressing the nation's most pressing challenges. Additionally, attendees at the conference will learn about the federal programs, funding opportunities and resources available to implement the most innovative practices at the local level. More information is available and registration is now open.


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