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Government Contracting Pipeline
Volume 6, Issue 2April 16, 2014
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Heartbleed is the name given to a bug responsible for one of the largest breaches of cybersecurity ever detected. It was uncovered only recently. According to some experts, this particular virus may have affected two-thirds of the Internet, government portals included.


The Heartbleed bug was attached to a code that runs OpenSSL, more commonly referred to as open source software. The OpenSSL software is often used to encrypt sensitive information for online transactions. It has almost become synonymous with data encryption. That's because encrypting and decrypting sensitive data such as social security numbers, credit card information and personal data is complex, timely and costly. OpenSSL offers it all free of charge.




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PennDOT seeks unsolicited proposals
Bill would affect infrastructure needs
Kentucky P3 bill vetoed
Upcoming education opportunities
Other upcoming opportunities
Who's winning contracts?
News about P3s
Where are they now?
Opportunity of the week
Calendar of events

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PennDOT seeks unsolicited proposals from private sector


Public-private partnerships that result could be more efficient, save state money

PennDOTInnovative ways to deliver transportation projects throughout Pennsylvania are being sought by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Office of Public Private Partnerships (P3s). To that end, unsolicited proposals will be accepted from the private sector through April 30.


The proposals are being sought for PennDOT-owned projects and infrastructure. Between now and the April 30 deadline, proposals will be accepted for transportation projects that include roads, bridges, aviation and ports. Not only will proposals for infrastructure be accepted, but also proposals for how to manage current transportation services and programs more efficiently.


Erin Waters-Trasatt"We're looking for new ideas or projects where you think the private sector might be able to do it better," said PennDOT Spokesperson Erin Waters-Trasatt (pictured).


Many states that have P3 legislation in place find that the private sector may have innovative solutions that can be implemented quicker and at less cost because of the private sector's experience and expertise. And, in many cases, unsolicited proposals can lead to the government entity seeking requests for qualifications from other vendors. That way, there is more competition for projects and the cost to the government entity will be even lower.


Pennsylvania's P3 law allows PennDOT and other transportation authorities and commissions to partner with private-sector firms for construction, financing and maintaining transportation-related projects. That same law provided for appointment of seven members to the Public Private Partnership Board, which will discuss and approve projects it feels could better be carried out by the private sector than by government. A contract would then be negotiated for a set period of time.


PennDOT will have another unsolicited proposal period in October.


Bill would help rebuild infrastructure needs across country


BONDS Act to offer financial assistance, federal assistance on bond interest

Edward MarkeyLegislation filed by Sen. Edward Markey (pictured) of Massachusetts would assist local and state government finance projects that could result in renovation of schools, bridges, roads, hospitals and other government properties. Markey's bill, the Bolstering Our Nation's Deficient Structures (BONDS) Act would not only provide a financing option for state and local government critical infrastructure projects, but it would also allow the federal government to help the local and state governments to pay the interest on the bond.


The BONDS Act is similar to the Build America Bonds (BAB) program utilized as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. From its beginning in April 2009 to its expiration at the end of 2010, there were 2,275 separate bonds issued throughout the country that supported more than $181 billion worth of financing for new public capital infrastructure projects such as bridges, schools and hospitals. The BONDS Act would bring back the BAB program and make it permanent.


The BAB program allowed borrowing at a lower cost for government entities than the typical bond market. In addition, the federal government provided a subsidy to help pay the interest cost on the bond. Markey's BONDS Act would do the same, setting the subsidy rate at 31 percent for bonds issued in 2014. It would gradually fall to 28 percent by 2017 and remain at that level.


"The BONDS Act is a win-win-win for cities, states and the entire country. It will put workers back on the job and empowers states and cities to plan for long-term economic growth," said Markey.




Kentucky governor vetoes public-private partnership bill


Amendment would have prevented use of tolls to fund major bridge project

Steve BeshearAn amendment to a proposed public-private partnership bill in Kentucky has led to a gubernatorial veto of the legislation. The bill, HB 407, would have allowed the use of public-private partnerships (P3s) mostly for major transportation projects, but some smaller projects that local governments could not afford might also qualify. P3s have been allowed in the state previously, but not for transportation projects.


The amendment would have prohibited using tolls as a revenue source to help pay for the $2.63 billion Brent Spence Bridge replacement project. In explaining his veto, Gov. Steve Beshear (pictured) said putting a prohibition relating to a single project in this broad bill "should not be enshrined in permanent law." The governor noted the amendment not only would have prohibited use of tolls to fund the bridge project, but it also prohibits using P3s in cases involving the state of Ohio without additional legislative scrutiny and review.


Beshear cited that point in his veto: "While House Bill 407 grants broad and necessary authority to governmental entities to utilize P3s for transportation projects generally, it expressly prohibits their use in cases involving the state of Ohio absent additional legislative scrutiny and review. It further expressly prohibits the use of tolls to fund a project to construct a replacement for the Brent Spence Bridge."


Upcoming education opportunities


Missouri school district passes bond for $9.5 million in capital projects

Stephen KleinsmithA building bond issue won approval of voters in the Nixa Public Schools in Missouri. The $9.5 million bond issue will finance construction projects at the junior high and high school. Included in the bond issue is a new front entrance at Nixa Junior High and a new commons area. The existing kitchen will be converted into classrooms for the band and vocal music programs, with the existing music rooms doubling in size. The construction projects could begin soon, according to Superintendent Stephen Kleinsmith (pictured). Additions are also in line for the junior high and high school. The bond proceeds will pay for construction of the shells for the new gym and tornado shelters at the high school and junior high. However, there will not be enough from the bond proceeds to complete the projects. Grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the amount of $3.1 million will help fund the shelters, although the school district will have to match 25 percent of the project costs.


Mississippi school district planning redesigned campus, technology

Reducing the number of entrances from the current 74 to only four is part of security enhancements planned for a redesigned and technology-friendly Gulfport (Mississippi) High School campus. The school district is in the throes of new plans for the 50-year-old high school buildings. The school board recently approved the district seeking a $41.2 million bond to pay for the project, and a bond election will follow in May. The bond issue would provide for several green spaces and a fenced, closed campus. If the bond issue is approved, construction could begin as early as next fall.


Summer will be busy for maintenance projects in Chicago school district

Matthew WendtSummer maintenance projects from roof replacement to pool repairs are being discussed for the Oswego (Illinois) School District 308. Officials of the school district are recommending 13 projects with a projected cost of approximately $3.6 million. District officials say they have about $7.2 million in the capital project fund from which the $3.6 million in projects could be funded. The remainder would be left in the fund for possible technology upgrades and other improvements. Superintendent Matthew Wendt (pictured) said about $3 million of the funds are left over from bonds approved by voters for construction projects. Wendt said the leftover funds are a result of the construction projects costing less than anticipated. He said that the maintenance projects cannot wait until the maintenance fund grows enough to cover costs. And, because the district has no construction projects planned, the superintendent said using the funds to cover maintenance was probably a good use of the leftover funds. Financial experts at the school note that using the leftover bond money is legal once the projects for which the bonds were issued are completed and paid for from bond proceeds. 


University of Texas selects architect for new $102M system headquarters building

University of Texas officials recently selected Page Southerland Page Inc. as the project architect for the new $102.4 million UT system headquarters to be built in downtown Austin. The proposed 258,000-square-foot building is designed to consolidate system personnel currently located in five aging buildings as well as save between $2 million and $8 million a year in maintenance and energy savings and from revenue from leasing space now occupied by personnel from the UT System. To be located on Seventh Street, the new headquarters building will feature nine stories, including six levels of parking. UT officials also plan to demolish buildings at Colorado and Lavaca now owned by the university and to lease space in two buildings now used as office space.


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New Mexico seeks bids for additional female prison beds

The New Mexico Corrections Department is soliciting bids from private companies for a private facility that can house more female inmates in the future, according to Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel. The New Mexico Sentencing Commission has predicted that the female inmate population in the state will reach close to 800 by 2023. While there is no plan right way to build a larger women's prison, a private partner is being sought with the capacity to handle up to 850 female inmates in the future. The current prison facility has a 600-bed capacity and is operated by a private firm. The contract with that firm expires in June 2015.


Sacramento officials studying major upgrades to downtown theater

John ShireyCity officials in Sacramento on April 17 will vote on a plan that would result in a $36.5 million renovation of the Community Center Theater in the downtown area. City Manager John Shirey (pictured) will seek council approval to complete the construction plans and to produce a maximum project price for the renovation. If approved, construction would begin in the summer of 2016 and be completed by the end of 2018. Built in 1976, the city has outgrown the facility that has small restrooms, a small lobby, poor stage systems and does not meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) specifications. Among the renovations that will be discussed are an $11 million plan to address ADA needs and another $52.5 million to address major issues such as seating, the lobby issues and sound system and lighting. Numerous performing arts groups have been pushing for upgrades to the facility. Not all of their recommendations are likely to be included, but plans do call for an expanded lobby, an extra loading dock, more restrooms and refurbished seating. The city currently has only $11.5 million in funding available. A ticket surcharge in effect will raise close to $800,000 that can be paid toward the debt. The remainder of the funding will likely come from the city's hotel tax and a convention center user fee. Discussions on renovating the facility have been ongoing for more than a dozen years, but the possibility of loss of some local and regional events brought discussions to the forefront again.


City of Plymouth approves $35 million for courthouse, town hall

A new town hall and a restoration of the Plymouth, Massachusetts,1820 courthouse will result from city officials' approval of $35 million in funding for the projects. The money for the courthouse project - $5 million from the Community Preservation Act - will come from a local meals tax that voters approved. The funding approval for both projects came in separate votes. A representative of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society said the courthouse makeover "is the gem to crown our 400 years of history."


Minnesota city making plans to build new $4.5 million city hall

Officials in St. Joseph, Minnesota, are seeking bids for their proposed $4.5 million city hall. Once a bid is accepted, the construction can start. Building a new and bigger city hall is in response to community support for more community space. While there was some discussion about expanding the current city hall, officials said it would be less expensive to build a new one. The old facility will be demolished and the new building will be built on that same site. One side of the current building houses the police department, with no room for growth. Police Chief Joe Klein said the department is at capacity in the current facility. The proposed city hall will be twice the size of the current building. It will have a community room that can seat more than 160 people and can be divided into smaller rooms.


Ten South Florida water projects approved for $29 million in federal loans

Rick ScottFlorida Gov. Rick Scott (pictured) has awarded $29 million in federal loans as part of the Clean Water Act of 1987 for 10 water projects in South Florida. As a result, sewer treatment plants and systems in Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys will be funded. "We must continue our focus to improve water quality throughout the state to ensure that Florida remains the best place in the country to live, work and raise a family," said Scott. Last month, Scott awarded $27 million in loans to Central Florida projects. The current projects range from building new treatment plants to collection and transmission systems. This federal program has provided more than $100 billion in loans to help communities meet legal requirements for clean water. Miami-Dade County, which has already received a $120 million loan, was allocated an additional $6 million to increase capacity at its South District Wastewater Treatment Plan. Another $19 million will go to projects in Monroe County. Projects funded in the Keys include $6 million for a new treatment plant and pipes to serve the lower Keys, $6 million for a collection and transmission system in Islamorada, $2.6 million for an advanced water treatment plant that has already been built in Key Largo and $4.2 million for devices that help treat waste in the plant. Marathon was allocated $550,000 for storm water collection and sewage treatment. North Miami got $3.5 million to correct the flow of storm water in the storage basin, Dania Beach was awarded $286,000 to correct flow problems at its plant and Miramar was allocated $560,000 for new sewers and a lift station. 


City in Texas to seek grant for new fire station/emergency center

City officials in Groves, Texas, recently agreed to apply again for a federal Port Security Grant to pay for a new fire station/emergency operations center. The city also applied for a similar grant last year, but was not selected, noted Fire Chief Dale Jackson. The federal grant could pay up to $1 million for the new fire station and emergency operations center needed to replace the current fire station that is almost 60 years old, Jackson said. City officials plan to use the 10,600-square-foot, multi-purpose building to be completed soon as an emergency operations center, police station and court facility. The new multi-purpose building, which was built to withstand 150-mile-an-hour winds, was paid for with a $2.5 million Port Security Grant and $600,000 in city funding, Jackson said.


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  • NCI, Inc. was awarded a task order valued at $19.4 million by the U.S. Army under the Total Engineering and Information Systems III contract for IT services in support of the U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command, Fort Detrick, Maryland, Engineering Directorate.
  • Stockmeister Construction Co. was awarded a $10.9 million contract by the Lancaster, Ohio, school district to build the district's new Gorusch West Elementary School.
  • Hayward Baker, Inc. won a $14 million contract from the Manatee County (Florida) Commission for emergency repairs to Lake Manatee Dam.
  • Thales Defense & Security Inc. was awarded a $38,527,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract by the U.S. Navy for Optimized Top Owl Helmet Mounted Sight and Display (HMSD) Sustainment Capability services for the H-1 Aircraft program.
  • Milton J. Womack Inc. was awarded a $49 million contract by the East Baton Rouge School Board to rebuild Lee High School through a design that calls for four unconnected buildings collectively occupying 177,000 square feet.
  • KSA Engineers won a contract for approximately $111,000 from the city of Amarillo for engineering the rebuilding of two roads at the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport that serve the terminal and parking areas.
  • Haworth Inc. and DBI Business Interiors were awarded a $731,000 contract by the Michigan Economic Development Corp., a quasi-government entity, to reconfigure and remodel its downtown Lansing headquarters.
  • Cleveland Thermal has been awarded a 20-year, $73.2 million contract by Cuyahoga County, Ohio, to supply steam and chilled water for heating and cooling at the Justice Center complex and others of its downtown buildings.
  • License Plates of Texas, LLC (My Plates) won a five-year extension of its current contract with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to provide marketing and sale of new specialty license plates.
  • Construction Solutions was awarded a $4 million contract by the village of Frankfort, Illinois, to build a new 10,000-square-foot Village Hall.
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News about public-private partnerships (P3)


WVU public-private partnerships boon to university, government coffers

Narvel WeesePublic-private partnerships (P3s) at West Virginia University are not only saving the university money, but they are also filling the coffers of state and local government. The university's five P3s are expected to put more than $81 million in tax revenue into the hands of state and local governments over their 40-year lifespan. Narvel Weese (pictured) WVUs vice president for Administration and Finance, said the partnerships are not only an investment in the community, but, "They also bring much-needed tax revenue to city, county and state coffers to assist with area projects and purchases such as road paving and other infrastructure and capital improvements." Among the projects being operated as public-private partnerships are: a $21 million baseball stadium that will be home to the WVU baseball team, a minor league team and a venue for other community events; a $70 million mixed-use student housing project that will feature nearly 1,000 beds as well as retail and other amenities; a $90-million, multi-purpose development that will include 1,100 beds, retail and food options; a $44 million mixed-use housing complex with more than 550 beds for students and employees and students with families; and a new $25 million facility for study and classroom spaces, a coffee lounge and student services such as a bank. In addition to revitalizing neighborhoods in the community, Weese said the P3 projects will mean jobs, tax revenue and economic growth. Weese said these projects over 40 years will mean $5.3 million in building and occupation taxes for the City of Morgantown, revenues of $427,500 to the city, $502,500 to Monongalia County and $750,000 in sales tax to the state. And, because the university is using a private partner that designs and constructs the facilities, no college tuition fees or state tax dollars are being used.


Ground broken on Florida public-private partnership for redevelopment of marina

Redevelopment of the city of Rivera Beach, Florida, is the goal of a public-private partnership between the city, the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency and a private developer. The 26-acre redevelopment of the city's marina district is expected to transform the city's marina, plus create about 500 construction jobs over the next three years. Phase one of the project includes construction of a two-story event center. The center will feature a main ballroom for up to 300 people as well as smaller meeting rooms for community and civic groups, a restaurant, cafe and rooftop terrace. The private partner will serve as the master developer, with the two public entities responsible for recruiting tenants such as restaurants and retail establishments. The project will include more than $336 million in private investments and $39 million from the redevelopment agency.


Public-private partnership will result in medical, wellness facility in Colorado

John HickenlooperIn Estes Park, Colorado, voters have thrown their support behind the sale of property that will be used as the site for a medical and wellness tourism facility. The $30 million project is a public-private partnership between a private hotel group, the Estes Park Medical Center and the expertise of the University of Colorado's Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. "Initiating a public-private partnership to lead the nation in wellness tourism is a natural fit for our state," said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (pictured), who noted that the state has long been recognized as the healthiest state in the country. And, because of Estes Park's location, surrounded on three sides by Rocky Mountain National Park, it is appealing for the purpose of promoting health and well-being for travelers. Officials say the project will create 70 new jobs and create millions in revenue for the town. The town receives about 2 million visitors each year. Included in the project will be a state-of-the-art wellness center that focuses on physical fitness, metabolic fitness, nutritional fitness, sleep, stress and quality of life and life satisfaction. The first phase of the construction is expected to begin early in the summer, with a completion date expected in fall 2016.


City in Washington has two respondents for P3 for development

Two private developers have responded to a request for qualifications (RFQ) from the city of Blaine, Washington, for a public-private partnership to develop a 28-acre site of a former airport. City officials were specific in what they were looking for - either an advanced manufacturing or medical facility - that could bring livable wages and sustainable employment. Although there was more interest initially, a consultant on the project told city officials that once the smoke clears and would-be developers have had time to size up both the project and the competition, only serious contenders respond. While the two candidates for the development have very different projects in mind, said the consultant, they must be able to make money. One of the proposals calls for a mixed-use facility geared toward retail, but with ancillary buildings that could be used for medical facilities. 


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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 Sylvia Mathews Burwell.


Sylvia Mathews BurwellSylvia Mathews Burwell (pictured), director of the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next United States Secretary of Health and Human Services following the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius. Burwell holds bachelor's degrees from Harvard University and from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She has a background in economic policy and extensive experience in management. OMB is deeply involved in developing and carrying out health care policy. She served as director of the OMB since April 2013. Prior to joining OMB, Burwell was president of the Walmart Foundation. She is also a former president of the Global Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she worked for 10 years and was the first Chief Operating Officer. While at the Foundation, her program focused on combating world poverty through agricultural development, financial services for the poor and global libraries. During the Clinton Administration, Burwell was deputy director of OMB, deputy chief of staff to the President, chief of staff to the Secretary of the Treasury and staff director of the National Economic Council. In addition to her service in the public sector, Burwell worked as an associate in the private sector for McKinsey & Company. Burwell began her public service work while still in college as an intern for a West Virginia congressman. She also was an aide to Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.


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A California city will issue an RFP this month for a consultant to help the city form a Transportation Management Association to manage its traffic reduction efforts for the downtown area. The association's job will be to market and coordinate new transportation programs aimed at reducing the number of vehicles on the road. The city is also developing several requests for proposals for garage-technology updates, including parking guidance systems and revenue access controls. Want to know more? Contact our Sales Team at 512-531-3900 or

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Dan ClodfelterJacques JihaStephen JohnsonState Sen. Dan Clodfelter (top left), who has served in the North Carolina General Assembly since 1999, was recently named mayor of Charlotte, replacing Patrick Cannon, who resigned nearly two weeks ago after his arrest on federal corruption charges. Jacques Jiha (top center), a former deputy comptroller of the city of New York and former deputy state comptroller and chief investment officer for the New York Common Retirement Fund, has been named by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio as the city's new finance commissioner. Stephen Johnson (top right), former North Miami city manager and former police chief, has been named by City Manager Cameron Benson as police chief of Miami Gardens, replacing Matthew Boyd, who resigned. The District of Columbia Department of Transportation has announced that director Terry Bellamy and chief engineer Ronaldo "Nick" Nicholson will leave their posts before the end of the month. Neil Kornze, who has been leading the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as principal deputy director since March of last year and is a former senior public lands adviser to U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, has been named director of the BLM. Greg Nyhoff, city manager in Modesto, California, was chosen from two finalists as the Lisette Camilo Darrell Floyd Tom Leonard new city manager for the city of Oxnard. Lisette Camilo (bottom right), an experienced New York City government attorney and who has been serving as the acting general counsel in the mayor's Office of Contract Services, has been named the director of the office. Darrell Floyd (bottom center), former superintendent of the Stephenville (Texas) Independent School District for 14 years, has been chosen as the new superintendent of the Enid (Oklahoma) Public School, replacing Shawn Hime, who was named executive director of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association. Tom Leonard (bottom left), who has spent the last seven years as superintendent of the Barrington (Illinois) 220 School District after serving as a high school principal in the district for six years, has been chosen the lone finalist for the superintendent post at the Eanes Independent School District in Austin, Texas. Mike Mastroianni, an alumnus of Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois, who has been serving as interim president since January, has been named president of the college, replacing former President Jack Becherer, who resigned. Dr. Hudson P. Rogers, current dean of the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University, has been named provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Valdosta State University. Dal Leck, one of 30 people who applied for chief of the West Routt Fire Protection District in Colorado and who has been serving as interim chief following the January retirement of former Chief Bryan Rickman, has been named chief of the district.


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NASCIO plans 2014 Midyear Conference for May 6-9 in Baltimore

"Bringing It All Together: Mapping the Journey" is the theme of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) 2014 Midyear Conference. This year's conference is set for May 6-9 at the Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland. The event will feature educational sessions and numerous opportunities for networking and relationship-building. There will be a networking roundtable to discuss CIO priorities and a session on how to improve the privacy, security and convenience of sensitive online transactions. Leveraging cloud procurement will be the topic for another session along with a session on innovations for creating the state IT workforce for today and the future. Registration is now open and the agenda is available.  


NASPO's Eastern Region Meeting planned for Atlantic City May 4-6

The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) has scheduled its 2014 Eastern Region Meeting for May 4-6 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Among the topics for the event are contract negotiations, RFP writing and more. Registration is now open and the draft agenda is available.


AGC Federal Contractors Conference set in June in Washington, D.C.

The Associated General Contractors of America Federal Contractors Conference is planned for June 10-12 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event is billed as the only national event where AGC contractors and federal agency personnel can meet in a collaborate forum to review federal construction contracting issues from around the United States. Top decision-makers from federal agencies with large construction programs will be in attendance. The event is designed for anyone engaged in any aspect of constructing, designing or planning a federal project and who is a general contractor, specialty contractor, service/supplier, attorney or any other stakeholder already engaged in the federal market. The conference will serve as a venue for discussion of federal agency construction budgets, public-private partnerships, source selection, safety, BIM, and sustainable building trends. Registration is now open.


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