Volume 11, Issue 14- Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc.

A few motorists - those who are aware of America's bridge conditions - are occasionally selective about the bridges they cross. Millions of other motorists, however, are unaware of the fact that government leaders nationwide are scrambling to find funds to repair old bridges throughout the U.S.  

A recent report from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association identifies more than 47,000 bridges in the U.S. that are in poor condition and in dire need of repairs. "Structurally Unsound" is a term that is too commonly used when describing America's bridges. The classification indicates that one or more key components of a bridge need repair. 

Responsibility for maintaining, repairing and replacing bridges falls primarily on the individual states. However, in spite of warnings about questionable bridges over the past years, many states have lacked the funding required to address their bridge problems. That is changing and the result will be an abundance of contracting opportunities.  

Just this month, a bridge collapsed in Chattanooga, Tennessee, when the concrete railing section fell from the bridge. One person was injured as a large chunk of concrete fell off the I-75 North Bridge onto the I-24 westbound ramp below. Sections of the roadway were closed and the state's transportation agency says that it could take a month to repair the bridge. 

Other bridge incidents point to the danger and the need for immediate action. The collapse of Florida International University's pedestrian bridge, which left six dead and nine injured, and the Dale Bend Road bridge collapse on the Petit Jean River in Arkansas are examples of what can happen. Just last month, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced an emergency closure of 34 bridges after inspectors found them unsafe. The Federal Highway Administration let the state know that it would lose $530 million in federal transportation funding, an amount that would consume approximately half the MDOT's budget, if the bridges were not closed immediately. The agency has allocated $250 million for bridge repair.

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California- The San Diego International Airport's governing board has agreed to require that a union-friendly construction agreement be used for a planned $3 billion expansion of Terminal 1. Airlines that will be financing the expansion are in favor of union-friendly terms. If the Airport Authority board approves the Terminal 1 redevelopment and its environmental impact report by the end of the year, a request for proposals will be issued and construction would likely start by 2021. The first 19 gates should be completed by 2024 and an additional 11 gates would take two more years to build. 

A 142-page environmental document shows that the 745,000-square-foot expansion would provide security processing, a drop-off area, parking garage and would be connected to the rest of the central terminal area with a pedestrian bridge over Sepulveda Boulevard.
Michelle Lujan Grisham
New Mexico- Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an infrastructure bill last week that includes millions of dollars for upgrades to Santa Fe's airport, a new crime lab for state police and dormitories for the New Mexico School for the Arts. Senate Bill 280 totals more than $900 million in funding for projects across the state. 

Groundbreaking on the 41,000-square-foot police lab in Santa Fe for the Department of Public Safety is expected in 2022 and is estimated at $30 million. Also included in the bill is $9 million to upgrade the passenger terminal at Santa Fe Regional Airport, $4 million for a new art museum and $1.1 million for a teen center.   
Kay Ivey
In response to a report from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding Alabama's crowded prison system, Gov. Kay Ivey's office anticipates a request for proposals (RFP) to be released this spring. Construction plans on three men's prisons across the state are expected to cost roughly a billion dollars. Decisions on which prisons will be closed and where new ones will be constructed have not yet been made. 

The Ivey administration hired a firm to study needs and develop a request for proposals to build prisons. Ivey is considering a plan to engage private companies that would build the prisons and lease them to the state. The RFP is expected to be released this spring. The DOJ report gives the state 49 days to propose a plan.  
Draft concept image of sports and events complex
Tennessee-  In November the state approved a Tourism Development Zone (TDZ) of roughly three square miles for the city of Memphis. A sports complex would be the centerpiece of this $100 million project to rehabilitate the Mid-South Fairgrounds. Once the complex is built, the city plans to find someone to run the $40 million facility. The city will build the youth sports facility - which will include a banked indoor track, enough space for about a dozen volleyball or basketball courts, and, potentially, outdoor track facilities - directly west of the Mid-South Coliseum. 

The city released a request for qualifications (RFQ) last week to find a partner for the facility. The partner must have the ability to collaborate with professional firms engaged in maximizing revenue from naming rights, corporate sponsorships and sports philanthropy- a market strategy that will establish and maintain the Memphis Sports & Events Complex as a best-in-class venue nationally. The RFQ is due by May 1.   
Rendering of training facility
New York- The Air National Guard Base in Westhampton has issued a request for proposals to developers interested in constructing a new security forces and communication training facility. The $20 million project would provide a new 28,200-square-foot facility at a new location on the on the base. The updated facility would replace Building 250, which is more than 60 years old and last received renovations in the 1980s. The new facility will include a 3,000-square-foot fitness center for members of the 106th Rescue Wing, the unit stationed at the base. Officials are expecting to award the contracts and allocate the funds for this project before Sept. 30. 

This project began in 2015 and is part of a larger modernization plan for the base. New U.S. military anti-terrorism design standards were issued that year, and several outdated buildings on the base did not meet that criteria. To come into compliance, as well as update the old buildings, leaders of the 106th Rescue Wing, the unit stationed at the base, began laying the groundwork for reconstruction. A U.S. representative of the state is working to secure funding for this and future projects on the base.  
California- The city Bureau of Engineering has issued a request for qualifications to find a private developer to build a tower on the site of the soon-to-be demolished Parker Center at 150 N. Los Angeles St. The deadline for responses is May 17. The city anticipates that the building would stand up to 29 stories and would have about 750,000 square feet of space along with a childcare center, street-level retail and 1,173 underground parking spaces. 

The project is part of the Civic Center Master Plan, which aims to modernize and revive the district with new offices, housing and retail. Demolition of Parker Center, the former headquarters of the Los Angeles Police Department, began last September and is expected to finish by the end of the year. A developer for the new building will be announced in 2020.  
Salvador Dali Museum
Florida-  The Salvador Dali Museum Board is requesting $17.5 million of the Pinellas County bed tax money to support a proposed two-year capital expansion project in St. Petersburg. The Dali's proposed 170,000-square-foot capital project expansion plan includes digital exhibition spaces, education/conference spaces and a new parking garage that will add 280 spaces. The entire expansion is estimated to cost $38.77 million. Construction alone will cost $30.1 million. The museum also is looking at a planned solar voltaic system, costs of which will be met through fundraising. 

The start date for the proposed expansion is March 2020 with the parking garage expected to be finished by February 2021 and the other spaces to be complete by 2022. Future projects proposed by the museum include a third story bridge to connect the current and new structures, a new water feature on the plaza and a solar roof on the third level of the parking garage.  
J.B. Pritzker
Illinois- Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a law authorizing the sale of the 34-year-old, state-owned James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. The 17-story, curved-glass structure, which takes up an entire city block, opened in May of 1985. Pritzker's office released a five-phase, 22-month timetable to ensure a sale completion within two years. The facility is estimated to sell for $300 million. In the past 15 years, a shrinking state workforce has emptied parts of the building. Employees still working there will be transferred, upon sale of the Thompson Center, to another government building across the street. 

The sale begins with a six-month phase in which officials will draft a request for qualifications solicitation of potential buyers. At the same time, state officials will negotiate with Chicago authorities over zoning of the block and the fate of the Chicago Transit Authority station located underneath. Potential buyers would then have to develop proposals for the property, which the state would evaluate before awarding a contract.     
Kansas- Overland Park Council members are moving ahead with plans to improve the College Boulevard corridor. City officials want to attract greater pedestrian activity in the area to stimulate area retail and entertainment industries. Additionally, council members want to examine how a convention center parking lot could be better used and the potential of reducing the number of lanes on College Boulevard. 

A traffic and engineering study and a parking analysis on the project could begin this year and are budgeted for $175,000. Council members also recently expressed openness to a public-private partnership.  
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Ala Wai Boat Harbor
Hawaii- Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to seek qualified and interested parties to lease and redevelop four non-contiguous parcels and limited redevelopment of two moles within the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor. A mole is a structure used as a pier, breakwater or a causeway between places separated by water. 

The DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) is offering an up to 55-year-long lease for about 11.16 acres within the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor situated at Waikiki. The land is subject to the approval of the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources. To be eligible for consideration in the RFP process, interested parties must first complete and submit a Notice of Intent form by April 22. The first step of the RFP process requests the submission of statements of qualifications from the applicants, which must be submitted by May 9.    
Massachusetts- The city of Boston recently sold the Winthrop Street Garage for $153 million and plans to put $28 million towards Franklin Park's new master plan. The new plan should take about 18 months to complete for the 527-acre park. The historic park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, was commissioned in the 1890s and includes the William Devine golf course, historic bear cages, Scarboro Pond, White Stadium and the Franklin Park Zoo, as well as miles of trails. 

Franklin Park is located with the neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, Roslindale and Jamaica Plain. The most recent improvement project was a $7.25 million effort to improve pathways and entrances in the park.  
New Jersey- NJ Transit and the borough of Matawan are partnering to plan a mixed-use development next to the Aberdeen-Matawan Rail Station. NJ Transit has begun the process for a request for qualifications (RFQ) for the 7-acre property. The project will combine moderate- to high-density residential units with retail, office and community spaces. 

The new development will be adjacent to a station on the New Jersey Coast Line. The project is part of a larger transit-oriented development effort led by Matawan. The RFQ will be released on NJ Transit's website.  
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Pennsylvania- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Office of Public-Private Partnerships (P3) is accepting unsolicited proposals for transportation projects from the private sector through April 30. The submission period applies to PennDOT-owned projects and infrastructure. During this period, the private sector can submit proposals offering innovative ways to deliver transportation projects across a variety of modes including roads, bridges, rail, aviation and ports. Proposals can also include more efficient models to manage existing transportation-related services and programs. The private sector may also submit applications for non-PennDOT-owned assets directly to the P3 board during this time. 

Transportation entities outside of the governor's jurisdiction, such as transit authorities, may establish their own timelines or accept proposals year-round. The state's P3 law allows PennDOT and other transportation authorities and commissions to partner with private companies to participate in delivering, maintaining and financing transportation-related projects. The next unsolicited proposal acceptance period will occur in October. To learn more about P3s in Pennsylvania, including active projects, visit here
Mississippi- The Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) plans to issue a request for qualifications (RFQ) for design professionals this month and will open responses in May. Eight roads in need of repairs have been identified in the Capitol Complex Improvement District (CCID) master plan. Streets included in the plan are High Street, Lamar Street, Museum Boulevard, President Street, Mississippi Street, North State Street, East Capital Street and North Street. Work will include repaving roads and repairing/replacing the water and sewer infrastructure underneath, if needed. Estimates for all projects total $17.2 million. 

After receiving the proposals, the CCID will decide whether to interview all of the professionals in June or short-list them. Those chosen will have several months to design and scope projects, and from there, the work will be bid out. The district includes a portion of Jackson and parts of the Northside. The Mississippi Legislature created the district in 2017 and agreed to fund infrastructure improvements within it to help offset the city's costs for providing services to state-owned and other tax-exempt properties. 
New York- The city of Poughkeepsie has released a request for expressions of interest for developers interested in a former YMCA building. The city took possession of the 3-acre site earlier this year. Located south of the downtown area, the city wants ideas from potential developers that will offer benefits such as economic development, social and neighborhood cohesion and youth services. 

The city intends to release a request for proposals in the future and is open to using a public-private partnership. Proposals are due on May 20.  
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Oregon - Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray plans to step down when his contract ends in 2020. Ray has served as president since July 2003 and will end his five-year contract on June 30, 2020. Ray came to OSU from Ohio State University, where he served as executive vice president and provost beginning in 1998. Over the next few weeks, Oregon State's board of trustees will announce the process and timeline for selecting a new president. 

Pennsylvania - The University of Pittsburgh has named Catherine Koverola, an administrator currently working for a university in Africa, as president of Pitt's Bradford and Titusville campuses, effective June 1. Koverola is the inaugural provost and senior adviser with the African Leadership University in Mauritius, Africa. Koverola succeeds Livingston Alexander, who retired in June 2018. 

California - The Regional Council of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) approved the appointment of Kome Ajise as executive director. The 30-year veteran of regional planning and transportation will assume the role on an interim basis pending the formal contract approval process. Ajise has served as SCAG planning director since November 2017. Prior to joining SCAG, Ajise served as chief deputy director at the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). 

Wyoming - Western Wyoming Community College has chosen Kimberly Kuster Dale to be its next president. Dale is currently executive vice president of Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff. She succeeds Karla Leach, who announced her retirement last year. Dale previously served as dean of instruction at two campuses of Colorado's Front Range Community College, in Fort Collins and Westminster. 

Oklahoma - Mayor Bob Coburn has resigned after being appointed to serve as a state transportation commissioner. Ward I Councilor Janey Cagle-Boydston, who served as deputy mayor, was sworn in to succeed him until voters choose the next mayor in 2020. Coburn was about a year into his term. Boydston was appointed in 2015 to serve Ward I Councilor David Jones' unexpired term after he decided to leave office early. She has served as deputy mayor since 2018. 

South Dakota - South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has appointed Patricia Jean DeVaney to serve on the South Dakota Supreme Court. The appointment fills the open vacancy in the 3rd Supreme Court District created by the Late Justice Steven Zinter. She began her career in the Attorney General's Office in 1993, where she worked as an appellate and trial lawyer until 2012. DeVaney was appointed to South Dakota's Sixth Judicial Circuit, where she has served since 2012. 

Florida - After eight years at the helm of Broomfield's economic development department, director Bo Martinez resigned in March to become the next economic development director for the city of Miami Beach. Senior Economic Development Specialist Jill Mendoza became the interim director of economic development after Martinez's departure. 

Washington - Erin Erdman has been named the new Battle Ground city manager. Erdman has served as interim city manager since October of last year when City Manager Jeff Swanson resigned. Erdman has over 15 years of experience in municipal government. In April of 2014 she was appointed as the city of Battle Ground's Community Development director. Erdman will continue to serve as the community development director along with her new role as city manager. 

Illinois - Rock Island County State's Attorney John McGehee has been appointed to replace Rock Island County Judge Lori Lefstein, who is retiring. McGehee will be handling civil cases, which was what Lefstein was doing when she retired. McGehee will serve until the November 2020 election and then he would have to run for the position along with any other candidates. 

California - Laguna Niguel has announced the resignation of City Manager Kristine Ridge, who will leave her post on April 26 to become Santa Ana's city manager. Ridge started in her position with Laguna Niguel in January 2018. Prior to that, she was assistant city manager for Anaheim. Ridge will start as Santa Ana's city manager effective May 1. Ridge replaces City Manager Raul Godinez II

Virginia - Lexington City Manager Noah Simon is leaving at the end of April to begin his new position as the assistant town manager of Westlake, Texas. Simon joined Lexington's staff in October 2014 to replace Jon Ellestad, who retired after leading the city for 24 years. Simon went to Virginia after working as assistant county manager in Floyd County, Ga. The city will seek an interim city manager and an outside firm to assist with the search for a permanent replacement. 

Alabama - Shelby County Manager Alex Dudchock will be retiring in 2020. Dudchock began his tenure with Shelby County in 1988. Giving a 12-month notice, Dudchock plans to retire March 31, 2020 after 30 years of service to Shelby County - 26 of those as the county manager. Some of his biggest accomplishments include creating a new personnel system, developing the county's infrastructure and the creation of new judicial and behavioral health services.          
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