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Two in for Toronto justice building. Infrastructure Ontario and the province’s Ministry of the Attorney General have issued an RFP to two prequalified teams — EllisDon Infrastructure and Plenary Justice — to design, build, finance and maintain a new courthouse in Toronto. The winning team is expected to be announced in fall 2017.
Sky’s the limit. Amtrak has issued an RFP to four shortlisted teams to redevelop parts of Chicago’s Union Station. Chicago Union Station Partners, JLL Consortium, Riverside and Sterling Bay LLC will compete for the project, which involves involves redevelopment of Union Station and its historic headhouse, and for the use of air-rights over adjoining property. One of the teams proposes building one of the city’s largest skyscrapers, which would connect to the station. Amtrak hopes to select a developer by spring 2017.
Second time the charm? Texas Women’s University is seeking a developer to design, build, finance, operate and maintain student housing, a dining facility and parking.The chosen team could have the option of developing other campus facilities or refinancing existing facilities. This is the second time the university has issued an RFP for the project. Project completion is scheduled for fall 2019 but the university hopes to explore a phased opening beginning January 2019. Proposals are due Nov. 15. … The university also has issued an RFQ for P3 counsel and public finance and bond counsel services in connection with this project. Responses are due Nov. 17.
Team picked for VA Express Lanes Project. Express Mobility Partners, a consortium of Cintra, Meridiam, Ferrovial Agroman US and Allan Myers VA Inc., has been selected to design, finance, build and, for 50 years, operate and maintain Northern Virginia’s I-66 Outside the Beltway project. The developer will redevelop a 22.3-mile stretch of I-66 between Gainesville in Prince William County, Va., and the Capital Beltway to accommodate two express lanes and three general lanes in each direction and add space in the median for future transit. The developer also will build more than 4,000 new park-and-ride spots and bike and pedestrian improvements. Virginia will not make any upfront payments for the project but has agreed to pay Express Mobility Partners if the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority extends the Orange Line along I-66 beyond Vienna during the next decade or if additional general purpose lanes are added to I-66 within the life of the agreement.
AZ’s Loop 202 expansion survives second legal challenge. A federal judge denied the Gila River Indian Community’s request for an injunction to halt construction on the $2 billion, 22-mile project, repeating her earlier prediction that efforts to halt it would probably fail. The project’s opponents say it would desecrate sacred land, damage the community’s cultural resources and reduce members’ quality of life. They may ask a federal appeals court to delay construction until it could consider their appeal of the judge’s decision. Arizona’s Department of Transportation says the project will save drivers a total of 15 million hours of time per year they would otherwise spend traveling on Interstate 10, which will have about $200 million in economic impact, while preserving native plants along the route. Construction is expected to be completed in 2019.
Measure M projects continue to attract unsolicited proposals. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority received three more unsolicited proposals — bringing the total to eight — for projects that would be funded through Measure M, if voters approve a half-cent sales tax increase this month. Two proposals for the Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor project were submitted by Sepulveda Corridor Development Partners and Parsons. Kiewit-AECOM submitted a proposal for the West Santa Ana Transit Corridor Light Rail project. Forty-five projects would be funded through Measure M if it passes, some of which, including those mentioned above, would be conducted through P3s.
Four in for RI transit hub project. Four developers have submitted proposals in response to an RFQ the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) issued for the Providence Intermodal Transit Center project. They are Boston Development Collaborative, LLC; Boston Properties Limited Partnership; Marsella Development Corporation; and Redgate Capital Partners. The selected developer will move a bus transit center next to the Providence train station and build parking and, potentially, residential, retail, office and/or commercial development, nearby. After conducting an RFP process, RIDOT will finalize the P3 agreement by summer 2017 followed by the start of construction in fall 2018.
It’s alive! Despite a state freeze on major transportation projects, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) insists that it is proceeding with plans to develop a major airport through a P3 in the rural village of Monee, 32 miles south of Chicago. IDOT has submitted financial and aviation plans to the Federal Aviation Administration to build the South Suburban Airport, also known as Peotone Airport, a supplemental commercial service airport on several thousand acres. Village residents have expressed doubt that the airport could compete with Chicago’s O’Hare and the Gary/Chicago International Airport.
I-69 project takes bond ratings hit. Fitch Ratings has lowered from BB to B the status of bonds issued to help finance the construction of a 21-mile segment of Interstate 69, known as Section 5, in Indiana. Fitch pointed to construction delays and labor disputes in connection with workers walking off the job after I-69 Development’s lead contractor, Isolux Corsan, failed to pay subcontractors on time. However, the contractor says the project is back on track for completion by the scheduled date of October 2017. The Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) entered into a P3 for I-69 that allowed I-69 Development to use the IFA to secure $244 million in tax-exempt private activity bonds that are not reflected in the state’s debt portfolio. After the project is completed, I-69 Development will receive funds from the state to make yearly $20 million payments to pay down the bond debt over 35 years. Fitch says the bond rating will drop further if the project is not substantially completed by the stipulated date.
DB the HRBT! A proposed expansion of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel should be developed as a design-build project, the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization has recommended. The plan would add two lanes to the four-lane bridge, which extends Interstate 64 across Hampton Roads harbor near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, between Norfolk and Hampton. Vehicles carrying fewer than three people could be subject to toll fees on the new lanes. At a cost of $3.3 billion to $4 billion, the design-build approach would be the most modest and least expensive option under consideration and could be delivered by 2024. The Commonwealth Transportation Board will make a final decision at its December meeting.
Join energy and water leaders from across the nation to discuss the most pressing issues federal agencies face in working to sustain federal energy and water assets at the 2016 DoD/Federal Energy & Water Forum. NCPPP and the Association of Defense Communities will host this event Dec. 2 at the FHI 360 Conference Center in Washington, D.C., to discuss ways to develop and enhance energy efficiency, utilities privatization, renewable energy sources and water/wastewater/stormwater systems. Public and private leaders will share lessons learned and the event will conclude with a panel of leading federal officials reacting to the discussions and describing how they see the government approaching the path forward to sustainability. Featuring a mix of expert panels and interactive discussions, the forum offers energy and water industry leaders the opportunity to provide critical feedback on current federal initiatives and develop solutions to real-world issues. For more information and to register, visit the event website.
Across the rooftops, solar spreads. Balfour Beatty Communities and SolarCity are nearing completion of approximately 7 megawatts of solar panel installation at family housing on Air Force bases in four states. The rooftop panels are being installed across the residential communities managed by Balfour Beatty at Travis AFB, Calif., Sheppard AFB, Texas; Tyndall AFB in Fla.; and Luke AFB, Ariz. Collectively, the installations will use more than 26,000 solar panels to provide power to more than 2,000 housing units. Balfour Beatty and SolarCity are collaborating on similar projects at other military installations.
DC’s P3 office is looking for a few good projects. Washington, D.C.’s Office of Public-Private Partnerships (DC OP3) announced that it will accept unsolicited proposals for P3 projects during limited time periods each year. The office has released a pipeline of 12 initial projects the district plans to procure, for which unsolicited proposals may be submitted; these range from social infrastructure to solar, streetlight and waste management/recycling projects. The office is most interested in receiving unsolicited proposals for the projects in this pipeline that are categorized as being “under consideration” but will also consider unsolicited proposals for any project that is an identified need in a district government planning document. Developers are strongly encouraged to contact DC OP3 staff before submitting any unsolicited proposals. The current window for submitting such proposals runs from Nov. 28 through Jan. 26, 2017.
Big money seeks big-ticket projects. The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), which is expected to announce next week that it has more than $300 billion in assets, would like to invest in projects, both in Canada and worldwide, if it can find those in which it can sink more than C$500 million. The fund also prefers to invest in operational assets rather than new construction, CEO Mark Machin told Canada’s House of Commons finance committee.
Think tank pitches “unit” approach to push P3s. The United States should create seven regional P3 “units” to educate the public sector about and help agencies to use P3s effectively to meet the nation’s infrastructure needs, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) recommends in a new report. AEI describes P3 units as “quasi-governmental entities that assist the public sector with pre-project screening, project prioritization, education, and expert advice,” and would work in concert with federal P3 initiatives. They have been used in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries, the report says. The units would be modeled roughly on the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange and would mirror what AEI refers to as the seven emerging “U.S. economic megaregions”: the Pacific Coast, the Mountain West, the Gulf Coast, the Midwest, the Great Lakes, the Northeast and the Southeast.
U.S. DOT’s hiring. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau is inviting candidates to apply for a transportation specialist, project development lead position (regional focus but based in Washington, D.C., potential for multiple positions). This position supports the bureau’s Office of Outreach and Project Development program by assisting skilled professionals in analyzing and developing transportation projects. Activities include outreach, development of specific projects, educating project sponsors to encourage the use of departmental programs, providing assistance in marketing programs and developing a culture of customer service by establishing the presence of The Build America Bureau with public and private project sponsor organizations. A separate application is available for status employees and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act applicants. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 9.
… So is IDOT. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is seeking a qualified candidate to fill its bureau chief of innovative project delivery position. The selected candidate will develop and manage the innovative project delivery program among IDOT, the private sector and other public entities to expedite project delivery and maximize innovation in the financial, design, construction, operation and maintenance of major transportation infrastructure projects. Applicants have until Nov. 22 to submit a cover letter, resume and technical application.
… and PRTC. The Potomac Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), a multi-jurisdictional agency serving communities in Northern Virginia to provide safe, reliable and flexible transportation options, is seeking applications from highly skilled candidates to serve as the agency’s next executive director. PRTC represents the Northern Virginia communities of Prince William, Stafford and Spotsylvania Counties as well as the cities of Manassas, Manassas Park and Fredericksburg. Today, PRTC serves more than 13,000 riders daily and more than 2.8 million passengers per year. For fiscal year 2017, PRTC is operating with a budget of $34.5 million and employs an in-house staff of 50 individuals. The executive director operates under the direction of the commission and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of PRTC, its daily contracted bus services and the management and leadership of in-house staff. Minimum requirements for the position include a bachelor’s degree in transportation planning, public administration, business administration or related field; with a master’s degree highly desired. In addition, candidates should possess a minimum of eight years’ experience working with and serving public/elected officials in a transportation or government agency. Prior work experience in strategic planning and transportation policy with knowledge of federal and state funding programs is also desired. Successful candidates will possess a well-developed, collaborative management style that is capable of leading others and fostering a team atmosphere. Strong financial skills working with a budget of comparable size and complexity is also needed in order to succeed. The salary for the position is negotiable dependent upon candidate education and experience and is aligned with the cost-of-living in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Benefits include but are not limited to participation in the Virginia Retirement System, vacation and sick leave, group life insurance, medical and dental insurance, professional dues and conference expenses. The application deadline is Dec. 3. To be considered, please submit your cover letter, resume and list of five professional references online. Following the filing date, applications will be screened by Waters & Company based on the criteria established by agency. The PRTC Search Committee will review recommended candidates who most closely meet the established criteria. For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT’S GOING ON AT NCPPP?
Here’s a quick peek at the upcoming NCPPP calendar.
- Great Lakes Infrastructure Exchange — Nov. 15 — Toronto
- P3Bootcamp — Nov. 16-17 — Jackson, MS
- DoD Federal Energy & Water Forum — Dec. 2 — Washington, DC
- P3Bootcamp — Dec. 13-14 — Chicago
- Emerging Markets Forum — TBA — Miami
- P3Bootcamp — TBA — Miami
For more information about event programs, registration and sponsorship, please visit NCPPP’s website.
The next issue of P3 Digest will hit your mailbox Monday, Nov. 14