Every year, the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships identifies projects that are outstanding examples of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs). Nominations are accepted from a wide range of sources, including NCPPP public and private sector members. The nominations are judged on several criteria, specifically originality, quality of design, efficient and effective implementation, economics, longevity of operation, and meeting the definition of a PPP. Projects are awarded in the categories of Innovation, Infrastructure, and Service. Infrastructure and Service Awards are granted to infrastructure and/or operations and maintenance projects and delivery of public services, respectively. Innovation awards are granted to those projects that provide a unique innovation to the field of PPPs through development or application of new concepts or methodology. Additionally, in some years the NCPPP grants a leadership award to an individual based on their leadership on PPP projects. The nominee is judged on project execution, effectiveness of the project or service, and their visibility in the promotion of PPP projects. The projects are judged by a panel of recognized authorities on the history and current implementation of PPPs in the United States.
The 2012 recipients are:
AN INFRASTUCTURE AWARD for the Materials Recovery Facility Single Stream Retrofit – a partnership between the Resource Recovery and Recycling Authority of Southwest Oakland County (RRRASOC) and ReCommunity Recycling. This operations contract between the two entities provided an incentive for ReCommunity Recycling to invest $4.5 million into the publicly owned facility to make their operations more efficient. The retrofit increased efficiency, increased public and private revenue, provided many employment opportunities in the community, increased cost savings for municipal collections, and provided a positive externality of environmental benefits.
AN INFRASTUCTURE AWARD for the Federal Research Center at White Oak – a partnership between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), and Honeywell Building Solutions. This project consists of the delivery of a $1.5 billion office building and laboratory representing the largest Federal Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) awarded under the Department of Energy (DOE) program. More than $280 million has been provided by third-party financing, which helps cut overall project delivery costs. Honeywell will also provide full operations and maintenance services to the campus.
AN INNOVATION AWARD for the Falcon Hill Aerospace Research Park – a partnership between Hill Air Force Base, Hunt Companies, Inc., and Woodbury Corporation. This project was developed as an Enhanced Use Lease (EUL). Under this agreement, the Air Force retains ownership of the land, but the land is leased to Hunt and Woodbury Corporation to develop. The private companies own the facilities they build, and are allowed to lease space to defense contractors and private firms inside and outside the base. Hunt and Woodbury Corporation committed to investing up to $10 million in development costs with a 50 year lease contract. Additionally, the project has been able to realize more than $19 million in grants from the state of Utah for public projects, and the development and infrastructure has infused about $500 million into the Utah economy.
A SERVICE AWARD for the Town of North Haven Water Pollution Control Facility – a partnership between the North Haven Public Works Department and Veolia Water North America. This operations and maintenance contract between the wastewater company and the town has been in place over 20 years, in which time the contract has been renewed four times. It was the first full-service wastewater PPP in the state of Connecticut. Veolia saves the town about $100,000 in costs annually, in addition to providing stabilized rates for customers that remain some of the lowest sewer rates in the area. Top quality service is provided, as evidenced by no odor complaints and only one lost-time accident in 20 years.
A LEADERSHIP AWARD for Shapour Ebadi, who is a member of the team responsible for the Federal Research Center at White Oak. He is the Director for the Office of Infrastructure and Campus Development at the U.S. General Services Administration, National Capital Region. Mr. Ebadi has been a driving force behind the entire campus project since the mid-1990s.