Volume 12, Issue 19 - Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Transportation will award $1.19 billion in 439 airport safety and infrastructure grants, including $731 million in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants and $455 million in discretionary grants.

The funds will be available for 100 percent of the eligible costs under the Coronavirus Aid, Relife, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu will receive $88.93 million for a runway widening project, and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport will get $50.16 million to rehabilitate an access road, acquire snow removal equipment, and reconstruct a taxiway.

Dallas Love Field will collect $37.01 in grant funding to reconstruct a runway and build a new taxiway, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will get $33.24 million to reconstruct a taxiway.

Other airport projects receiving funds are Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport's taxiway extension and reconstruction - $27.54 million, Logan International Airport's runway rehabilitation - $24.87 million, and Provo Municipal PVU Airport's construction of a new terminal building and apron - $21.11 million.
Rendering of St. Elizabeths East hospital
Washington, D.C. - The district's mayor announced on April 30 that it reached agreements on the construction of a 136-bed hospital at St. Elizabeths East and a 225-bed Howard University Hospital.

The Howard University location will house a Level 1 trauma center and academic teaching hospital operated by a not-for-profit organization. Total estimated cost is $450 million.

Plans are for the current Howard Hospital to remain open until the new hospital is completed by 2026. In addition, the district is committing $25 million in public infrastructure support and $26.6 million over the next six years to support five Centers of Excellence at Howard Hospital - Sickle Cell, Women's Health, Oral Health, Trauma and Violence Prevention, and Substance Abuse. In support of Howard's redevelopment plans, the district committed to establishing a government agency as a tenant in one of the planned new office buildings.

St. Elizabeths East's $306 million facility is expected to open in fall 2024 and include 136 inpatient beds, with the ability to expand to 196 beds. The district is also funding the construction of a $69 million health services complex (ambulatory center) at St. Elizabeths that is expected to open in fall 2023.

The full agreement between the parties will be submitted to the City Council for approval in June. The current United Medical Center will remain open until the new hospital is completed.
New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District rendering
Hawaii - The state's Aloha Stadium Authority extended its request for qualifications (RFQ) deadline to May 26 for a public-private partnership (P3) to develop an entertainment district anchored by a new stadium.

State funding of $350 million is committed to the project that is scheduled for a September 2023 opening.

After receiving RFQs, the state will narrow applicants to a shortlist by June 8. The priority-listed respondents will have until October to submit request for proposals (RFPs) applications. Officials expect to award the contract in early 2021.

Over several phases, the corroding Aloha Stadium will be demolished, a new 35,000-seat stadium will be built, and surrounding developments will be added such as retail, residential, commercial, hotels, hospitality, and cultural and community facilities. Roadway, utilities, and shared public spaces also will be included.
Rendering of U.S. 231 bridges
Alabama - The state's Department of Transportation (ALDOT) is scheduled to open bids on May 8 for the second phase of the U.S. 231 landslide repair project that includes construction of two twin bridges.

The structures will span the unstable area on Brindlee Mountain near Lacey's Spring with the goal of restoring traffic to the closed section by late 2020.

ALDOT is attaching a financial incentive/disincentive to the project to encourage completion of the bridge construction in less than six months from start of construction. Following an expedited award process, the department anticipates notifying the winning contractor. Construction is expected to start June 1.

A contractor already has removed 80 percent of the 220,000 cubic yards of earth and loose rock to be cleared under the final design. Excavation is expected to be complete before bridge work begins.

ALDOT procured custom-fabricated bridge materials, including girders, bearing pads and casings to advance the timetable for fabrication and reduce the risk of delays for materials during construction. These materials are scheduled to begin arriving in May.
Washington, D.C. - A new research report by the National Association of Counties (NaCo) estimates that U.S. counties will face a potential $144 billion budgetary impact from the COVID-19 pandemic in FY 2021.

An additional $54 billion in property tax revenue is at risk in states where counties have not yet collected property tax revenues in FY 2020, according to NaCo's Analysis of the Fiscal Impact of COVID-19 on Counties.

Small counties could experience a one-quarter (24 percent) reduction in their budgets because of lost revenues and increased expenditures.

NaCo's preliminary estimates predict counties could expect a nearly $30 billion increase through the end of FY2021 in expenditures such as health, human services, justice, education, housing, and other categories that together comprise 65 percent of county expenditures.
 
Harris County, Texas reported nearly $43 million of expenditures, and its officials said they expect to continue to invest nearly $11 million each month, resulting in nearly $138 million in additional costs by the end of 2020. The county is investing additional funds in its county hospital district, public health services, sheriff's department, public works department, among other items.

Contra Costa County, Calif. estimated the crisis will cost its health department $46 million through May: $6 million for equipment, $6 million for testing, $4 million for services and supplies, $5 million for information technology (IT) infrastructure, $5 million in increased staffing costs, and $20 million in service interruption.

Small, rural counties are known for having especially tight budgets, so the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting these counties particularly hard.

Roscommon County, Michigan, which has a population of less than 24,000 and a budget just over $28 million, estimated additional monthly costs of $335,000 for closure costs, extra equipment, and overtime. These costs translate to a loss of over 14 percent of the county's monthly budget.

Humboldt County, Nevada, home to 17,079 residents, is projecting $468,000 per month in new costs that include support for the county hospital, county emergency response, increased inmate medical, emergency day care for essential employees, additional supplies, IT costs for telework and staff costs. The estimate also includes monthly lost revenue of $118,000.

NACo calculated its estimate of additional expenditures using survey data from a sample of small, medium, and large counties reporting on the cost of COVID-19 in their counties.
Site map of San Jose expansion
California - The city of San Jose approved an updated master plan for the Mineta San Jose International Airport that features a new concourse, 14 additional gates, a 330-room hotel, and a 5,000-space parking garage.

Improvements to the airport's runways and taxiways and additions of new cargo and general aviation facilities also are a part of the master plan.

The city's vision for the expansion includes a 300,000-square-foot hotel with 300 parking spaces and parking garage abutting the hotel.

San Jose's mayor said the city's goal is to use the downturn in air traffic to plan the airport's expansion to coincide with an economic recovery and continuance of increased demand.

City officials said they plan to use federal stimulus funds and revenue bonds to finance the expansion project.
St. Paul Student Center
Minnesota - The University of Minnesota is seeking architectural consulting services to conduct a student unions feasibility study for the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.

The campus' Coffman Memorial Union opened in 1940 and was last renovated 17 years ago. Its St. Paul Student Center opened in 1960 and was last renovated in 1980.

In 2018, the St. Paul Campus Strategic Facility Plan proposed reinventing the Student Center as a future multi-purpose campus center.

The feasibility study will propose a business plan, including a reinvestment strategy for student union facilities that is student-focused and optimizes the central East Bank and St. Paul campuses for services and activities.

Activity levels and utilization of space in the student unions will be evaluated by the selected respondent's team to establish a baseline for existing conditions.

Responses to the request for proposals (RFP) are due by 2 p.m. CST on May 27. Respondent selection is scheduled for May or June with project initiation set for June. Delivery of the study's final report is targeted for March 2021.
Rendering of Windsor Locks station
Connecticut - The town of Windsor Locks is planning to release a request for proposals (RFP) for a public-private partnership (P3) to build a new $45 million train station on CTrail's Hartford line.

Town officials secured $62 million in state and federal funding for the project that would construct a 510-foot boarding platform, traffic infrastructure upgrades, and station signals. The project scope also includes reconfiguring local streets, enhancing mainline trail track, and building an Amtrak maintenance facility.

Leaders will seek a private partner to build additional development around the station such as commercial space, parking garage, and a 30,000-square-foot indoor public market adjoining the station. The market could allow for ticket-vending and airport shuttle operations. 

The town selected a preferred development partner for a separate apartment building project.
Hill-Finklea Detention Facility in Berkeley County
South Carolina - Berkeley County is seeking engineering and design firms to oversee the expansion of the Hill-Finklea Detention Facility and expand or rebuild the county courthouse.

The county's solicitation expires on May 21 for work on a new jail wing that would increase inmate capacity to more than 750 from its current 291-inmate capability.

Planning also is underway on a project to renovate the county courthouse to add a three-floor wing including an eight-bed medical space, public lobby, 52-bed classification pod, and intake area. Maximum security inmates would be housed in a 150-person unit on the second floor along with a 40-bed restrictive housing unit. Four pods of 64 beds total and an inmate worker dorm would be on the third floor.

Officials say the expansions are critical to serve a growing population. The county supervisor said Berkeley County ranks in the top 1 percent of population growth in the country.
Rendering of Lakefront Gateway Plaza
Wisconsin - The state of Wisconsin is attempting to attract a signature office building or corporate headquarters to locate at a Department of Transportation-owned property adjacent to the Lakefront Gateway Plaza of Milwaukee.

Offering price is $13.9 million.

The 2.66-acre tract connects the city's downtown to its waterfront. The vision for the project features 50 stories and 5,000 parking spaces within a public space with various programming initiatives and local vendors. 

The site will be connected to downtown via a pedestrian bridge allowing pedestrians and bicyclists to bypass Lincoln Memorial Drive. The plaza is adjacent to the development site, providing future development partnership opportunities as well as a potential pedestrian bridge, which would provide additional amenities and convenient access to Milwaukee's waterfront. 
Rice County Law Enforcement Center
Minnesota - Rice County commissioners approved an architectural services contract on April 28 for a comprehensive facility assessment and feasibility study of the Rice County Law Enforcement Center.

The study will review the main jail on NW Third Street in Faribault and incorporate current facility and state jail regulations into its findings.

Architects will be responsible for assessing the county's development objectives, performing site and building evaluations, developing conceptual drawings and graphic floor plan options, and estimating cost of the work. Project costs are in the tens of millions to renovate the jail or construct a new facility.

The consultant will forecast facility capacity requirements in five-year increments for a minimum of 30 years.
Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi
Washington, D.C. - The Maritime Administration (MARAD) awarded $19.6 million in discretionary grants to 24 U.S. small shipyards through the Small Shipyard Grant Program.

The funding will help modernize America's small shipyards, making them more efficient in constructing commercial vessels.

Projects under the program include capital and related improvement projects that foster efficiency, competitive operations, and ship construction, repair, and reconfiguration. In addition, the program can fund training projects that foster employee skills and enhance productivity.

Shipyards in Alabama, California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, and Ohio will receive MARAD grant funding. Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin also will get federal funds.
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PEOPLE ON THE MOVE


Georgia - Athens-Clarke County named Steve Decker as its transportation and public works director on April 27. He succeeds Drew Raessler who accepted a position with Cobb County in 2019. Decker previously retired from Athens-Clarke County in 2017 after more than 10 years of service as the traffic engineer and division manager of the Transportation and Public Works Department's Traffic Engineering Division. He also served for four months as interim director during that time.

Montana - The city of Bozeman appointed Jeff Mihelich as its city manager, effective May 26. He will take over for interim City Manager Dennis Taylor who filled in after former City Manager Andrea Surratt resigned in December 2019 to take a position in Georgia. Mihelich most recently served as deputy city manager and chief operating officer at the city of Fort Collins, Colorado.

North Carolina - The University of North Carolina System named Dr. Sharon Gaber as the fifth chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Gaber currently serves as president of The University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. Prior to that, she was the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas.

Florida - The Lee County Port Authority (LCPA) selected Dave Amdor as its director of finance. Amdor will be responsible for all financial aspects for LCPA, including overseeing the financial, accounting, budgetary and purchasing functions, as well as managing the Capital Improvement Program for Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field in Fort Myers, Florida. Most recently, he worked as the finance manager for the Omaha Airport Authority.

Arizona - Pima County hired Dr. Theresa Cullen as its new county public health director, effective June 1. She will succeed Dr. Bob England who filled the position after Marcy Flanagan resigned to become the director of the Maricopa County Health Department. Cullen previously served as rear admiral and assistant U.S. surgeon general. Most recently, she was the deputy director for global health informatics at Regenstrief Institute at Indiana University.

Ohio - The city of Middletown appointed Chris Xeil Lyons as its economic development director. She took over for Jennifer Ekey who accepted a position as economic development director for the Clinton County Port Authority. Lyons previously served as director of economic development for the city of Sharonville, Ohio.
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