Volume 12, Issue 2 - Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Mary Scott Nabers, President/CEO, Strategic Partnerships, Inc. 

By all accounts, 2020 is shaping up to be a banner year for government contracting. Following years of growth since the last recession, the year has begun with gusto. Earlier fears that the marketplace might be fragile because of government uncertainty seem to have vanished. Public officials are announcing large new project launches on a weekly basis.

Here's a small sampling of the types of upcoming projects that provides a positive glimpse into what can be expected from government contracting opportunities over the next 12 months.

Louisiana
The Louisiana Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority plans to spend $958 million according to its Annual Plan. Funding for the projects will come from Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010, other federal sources, and state government coffers. The plan includes a three-year forecast of project launches that total $1.13 billion. A couple of projects are related to the construction of a living shoreline of oyster reefs along the eastern edge of the Biloxi Marsh at a cost of $21.5 million. A first payment of $35 million is allocated to re-create part of the Golden Triangle marshes of the Lake Borgne shoreline.

Kansas Capitol
Kansas - State officials are preparing a new transportation plan, called "Forward," which will address all of the state's transportation needs.

The first items included in the new plan will be the nearly 25 projects that were suspended in the current 10-year plan, called T-Works. These projects have an estimated total cost of $500 million.

The new 10-year plan will cost approximately $1.2 billion to implement, and will address the state's highway system, as well as rail, air, biking, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or drones. Additionally, the program will focus on the U.S. Department of Transportation's directive of where Kansas sees its transportation needs until 2045.

Officials are working with the Kansas Department of Transportation to ensure that stable funding is available for the new Forward plan.
Calcasieu River Bridge photo courtesy of PJ Hahn
Louisiana - State officials plan to replace the nearly 70-year-old Calcasieu River Bridge in Lake Charles, and hope to move the project forward this year.

The bridge is almost 20 years past its intended life span, and is considered functionally obsolete and structurally deficient. A replacement is estimated to cost $850 million; however, funding sources have yet to be identified. An environmental impact study must also be completed before the project can continue.

Officials say it could take until 2024 to begin construction, although they have narrowed bridge alternatives from five to two. They also anticipate the environmental study to be completed by the end of 2020. A final statement could be ready to submit to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) by 2021.

Once the FHA approves the statement, the state can begin procuring designs and firms for the project, a process that's likely to take another two to three years.

Gov. John Bel Edwards has pledged $85 million for the bridge replacement. Officials are contemplating whether to pursue traditional federal-state funding methods or a public-private partnership (P3). Should a P3 be selected, tolls would pay for the majority of the project.
Rendering of Albertsons Stadium renovations
Idaho - Boise State University plans to move forward with renovating Albertsons Stadium, starting with upgrades to the stadium's east side.

Renovations will include a complete remodel of the stadium's east side, such as an exterior facelift, expanded concourse, upgraded amenities, premium seating, a new academic center, and a dedicated home for BroncoLife.

The project does not have timeline or cost estimates at this time. However, 2020 season ticket holders will not be affected by the project, and the renovation will be funded through private sources and money associated with the new premium seating options.

Once the renovations are completed, two different seating options will be available. The lower bowl seating will be closer to the field, have a larger concourse, and include upgraded restrooms and concessions. Premium seating will be offered in the lower bowl, including approximately 300 club seats and 36 four-person loge boxes. There also will be a premium indoor club space with additional food and beverage options.
Honolulu Harbor
Hawaii - The Harbors Division of the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is entering the second phase of the $200 million to $300 million Kapalama Container Terminal project at Honolulu Harbor.

Phase 2 of the largest capital improvement project in the state's harbor history is scheduled for bid opening in February. Construction is anticipated to be complete in 2023.

The project will feature waterside construction at Piers 40-43 in Honolulu Harbor to add 1,800 linear feet of new berthing space, which is enough for two container ships to dock simultaneously and up to six gantry cranes. It will includes an additional 18.5 acres of harden container strength operational areas next to the cargo ships, dredging along the waterfront and in the harbor channel, and widening the slips between Piers 40 and 43.

HDOT officials said the initiative will address the harbor's capacity issues, meet growing long-term economic demands, and reduce traffic on surrounding roads.
US 285 intersection in New Mexico
New Mexico - Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham released a $7.68 billion budget proposal on January 6, and her plan includes $200 million for roads, bridges, and rail projects.

New Mexico Department of Transportation officials noted that the plan does not designate funding for specific projects but that several major improvement projects for state roads have been shelved due to lack of funding.

In addition, Lujan Grisham's proposal calls for $40 million to continue funding the Local Economic Development Act, including $10 million designated for rural infrastructure projects.

If approved, her proposal would increase state spending by $596.3 million over the state's current fiscal year budget. The New Mexico Legislature's 30-day session begins January 21.
New York - The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is seeking design-build teams for station accessibility projects that are part of its 2020-2024 Capital Plan. A request for qualifications (RFQ) seeks contractors for an advanced construction timeline for stations in all five boroughs.

The projects call for adding full vertical accessibility to 23 stations by installing elevators and making other improvements in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). There are 17 subway stations, three Staten Island railway stations, two Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) stations, and one Metro-North station.

Expedited design-build contracts will be awarded to companies that propose the best value based on an evaluation of qualitative factors, cost, and schedule.

Work at each station will include the design and construction of two to three new elevators, structural and excavation work to accommodate elevator installations, necessary electrical and communication system upgrades, public and transit utility relocation, staircase relocation from street to mezzanines and mezzanines to platforms, and reconstruction of platform edges and ADA boarding areas.

Depending on existing conditions at the stations, additional work may be necessary such as platform reconstruction, windscreen and canopy replacement, architectural finishes replacement, structural repairs, waterproofing, and lighting upgrades.
Connecticut - Norwich Public Utilities (NPU) is seeking approval for its $167 million plan to upgrade the city's 100-year-old sewage treatment system.

NPU will propose its plan to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in January.

During storms with as little as a quarter- to half-inch of rain, the treatment system becomes overwhelmed. This causes overflow which pollutes Norwich Harbor and the Thames River.

The plan's three major components are an $80 million upgrade to the sewage treatment plant on Hollyhock Island on Falls Avenue, a $53 million wet weather combined sewage overflow treatment plant to be built on Falls Avenue, and a new Rose Alley pumping station underground at the city-owned viaduct parking lot. The new pumping station would be able to handle 60 million gallons per day and implement a screening system for various types of debris.

Overflow volumes and events would decrease by 80 percent and 93 percent, respectively. Funding could come from a combination of state grants and low-interest loans provided through the Clean Water Fund. Construction would take place over a period of five years to prevent interruptions to daily operations.
Mineta San Jose Airport
California - Mineta San Jose Airport leaders expect passenger growth of more than 50 percent until 2037 and are proposing to build a robust expansion to accommodate this projected increase in passengers.

The plan includes constructing a concourse with 14 new gates, a 300,000-square-foot 330-room hotel, and a 5,000-space parking garage. Currently, the airport serves nearly 15 million passengers. With the expansion, it will be able to serve the 22.5 million passengers it expects to see by 2037.

The airport currently consists of two terminals that have a total of 28 permanent gates and eight interim gates. Under the proposed expansion plan, 14 gates would be added to create a South Concourse connecting to Terminal B. This concourse would replace two surface parking lots and the eight interim gates, allowing passengers to walk the entire length of the airport terminals. In total, the airport would have 42 gates.

Additional plans include upgrading the runways and taxiways, constructing new cargo and general aviation facilities, and relocating the airport's belly-freight facilities.
Massachusetts - The state's Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is expecting its rail study on a link between Boston and the Springfield and Pittsfield areas to be completed in the spring.

Cost estimates are not yet available. MassDOT will narrow its list of alternatives for an expanded rail network from six to three as it drafts recommendations. 

At an advisory committee meeting in July 2019, department staff members presented sketches showing potential routes and outlining some of the key challenges. All of the proposed routes used Worcester as the hub from which the rail would extend westward.

The study will be released after a House debate set for early 2020 on a bill intended to increase transportation revenues.
Rhode Island bridge deterioration
Rhode Island - Bridge projects in the state are getting a boost with an extra $50 million in federal funds from new transportation legislation signed into law in December 2019. The funds will finance bridge improvement and repair projects.

Rhode Island received nearly $350 million in federal funds in 2019 to pay for road, bridge, and mass transit improvements.

The extra $50 million will help pay for repairs to six bridges in Cranston and Providence, of which four are considered structurally deficient.

Rhode Island ranks last in the nation, 50th out of 50 states, in overall bridge condition. About 22 percent of the state's 1,162 bridges are structurally deficient, according to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation.
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Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is promoting further economic development with a new interactive opportunity zone map that it released January 6.

The opportunity zone map highlights federal investment in significant infrastructure projects in and near the zones across the country. An opportunity zone is an economically distressed community designated by the state's governor and certified by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

To date, USDOT has issued 13 Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) that contain opportunity zones language. These programs awarded more than $2 billion in FY 2019.

The department's interactive map illustrates data sets for major federal highway projects, interstate exits, national highway system bridges, intercity bus and commuter-light rail stations, major ports, airports, and more.
Rendering of Solano360 site
California - The city of Vallejo and Solano County are partnering on a request for qualifications (RFQ) for the development of the Solano360 retail and entertainment destination on a 149-acre, 1.7 million square-foot site.

Since 1949, the site has been used as the Solano County Fairgrounds, but the city and county approved a redevelopment plan in 2013 that includes mixed-use development, a transit center, and a "Fair of the Future."

The RFQ selection process will take place in two phases, including the initial phase during which developers are invited to submit a statement of qualifications and a concept plan. Phase two will be used to refine their proposals, including the presentation of a more detailed land use and financial plan, project schedule, and other information.

Interested developers must submit their RFQ application to Solano County by January 31 at 4 p.m. PST.
University of Missouri
Missouri - The University of Missouri (MU) will construct a plant bioscience laboratory building with $24.8 million in recently passed federal funding. The funding was included in the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020) funding bills.

MU's Division of Plant Sciences is a national leader in plant research. The new building will house U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists, who will conduct research in collaboration with other MU scientists.

Researchers will study and address challenges such as food shortages, pest control, crop losses, and resource management.
Minnesota - The state's Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is awarding a total of $18 million for five state highway projects, which will support economic development and improve the transportation system.

The funding comes from the state's Transportation Economic Development (TED) Program. Three additional projects in Mankato, Sherburne County, and Minneapolis have received $2.86 million from the Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Projects include: the interchange at Highway 36 and Manning Avenue in Washington County, which will improve access to the area's planned development; the Highway 41 reconstruction project in Chaska, which will add turn lanes and on-street parking to address roadway issues; the Dayton Parkway Interchange project on Interstate 94 in Dayton; an interchange, additional frontage roads, and access ramps along Highway 13 in Scott County; and a reduced-conflict intersection on Highway 33 and Gillette Road in Cloquet.
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PEOPLE ON THE MOVE


Mississippi - The city of Pascagoula welcomed Michael Silverman as its new city manager on January 1. He takes over for acting city manager Frank Corder. Silverman previously served as city manager of Caro, Michigan, and management analyst for Lee County, North Carolina.

Ohio - The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) named Kimberly Dunham as its new general manager. She succeeds former general manager James Gee. Dunham previously served as executive director of the Greater New Haven Transit District in Connecticut.

Minnesota - Rohit Tandon has been named interim chief information security officer (CISO) of Minnesota IT Services (MNIT). He succeeds Aaron Call who accepted a position as CISO of a Wisconsin-based health care company. Tandon, who was the deputy CISO for Minnesota, was previously an information security manager for an education firm and information security analyst for the Mayo Clinic. 

Virginia - The Roanoke Regional Airport Commission selected Richard Osborne as director of planning and engineering. He most recently served as director of aviation planning with a transportation consulting firm. 

Washington - Community Transit in Snohomish County announced Roland Behee as its new director of planning and development. During his tenure at Community Transit, Behee served in multiple roles most recently as manager of planning.

Arkansas - The South Arkansas Community College board of trustees appointed Dr. Bentley Wallace as president of the college, effective February 1. He will succeed Barbara Jones. Wallace previously served as vice chancellor for economic development at the University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College.
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