ARTBA Recognizes East End Crossing Participants, Bill Reinhardt and P3 Founders at 25th Anniversary Awards Dinner

On July 26, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (“ARTBA”) held its awards dinner for the 25th Annual P3s in Transportation Conference.   Each year during this dinner, the ARTBA P3 Division honors projects that exemplify the value of P3s in the United States and also recognizes two individuals, one public sector and one private sector, for their exemplary contributions to the development, growth and public education of P3s.  

This year, the Ohio River Bridges – East End Crossing and its public and private participants swept the awards dinner.  The project won “Project of the Year”, being recognized for its groundbreaking accomplishments.  Kendra York, public finance director of the State of Indiana, won “Public-Sector Entrepreneur of the Year” for her role in shepherding the procurement for the public sector.  Matt Walsh, CEO & co-chair of The Walsh Group, won “Private-Sector Entrepreneur of the Year”.  His company was part of the consortium that was awarded the P3 contract for the East End Crossing. 

ARTBA also honored Bill Reinhardt with the “Legacy Award."  The award is given to an individual who has spent a career making powerful, industry-wide contributions to the P3 community.  Bill is the editor and publisher of Public Works Financing, which is the international business guide to P3s and infrastructure finance published monthly since 1988.

At the special award dinner, the following P3 founders were recognized by ARTBA: Henry Schrader, Bill Allen, Raymond Tillman, Jack Kinstlinger and John Wight.  

ARTBA's 25th Annual P3 Gala Dinner To Be Held at Smithsonian Museum

This year, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) will be holding its 25th Annual Public-Private Partnership conference on July 24-26 in Washington, D.C.  To commemorate the silver anniversary of the conference, ARTBA has announced that a special cocktail reception and gala dinner will be held at the Smithsonian Museum of American History on the evening of July 25. 

Attendees will have exclusive access to the ARTBA-sponsored “America on the Move” exhibition currently on display at the museum.  The exhibition explores the role of transportation in American history, including how transportation transformed cities and suburbs and how it helped farms and factories become part of regional, national and international economies.

Over 300 public and private sector leaders are expected for this milestone event.  The special early-bird discounted registration rate expires April 1.  To register or for more information on the conference, please visit the conference website.

District of Columbia DOT Stands Ready, Willing and Able to Enter Into P3s

On October 11, Nick Nicholson, Deputy Director and Chief Engineer of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) Infrastructure Project Management Administration, participated in a panel session at the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Annual Public-Private Partnerships in Transportation Conference in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Nicholson told conference attendees that DDOT is actively looking at public-private partnerships to deliver several projects in the District of Columbia.  Although the District does not have dedicated P3 legislation typically found in other jurisdictions, Mr. Nicholson indicated that the current framework provides DDOT with the flexibility to enter into P3 agreements with approval from the District Council. 

Mr. Nicholson stated that DDOT will be exploring the possibility of using P3s to construct a managed lanes facility within the District of Columbia boundaries connecting I-395 to the 14th Street Bridge.  Also, DDOT will look at value capture concepts for improving and replacing the area’s bridges.  Currently, DDOT is considering a P3 to deliver a 22-mile streetcar system and non-regional bus system and received 20 responses from the industry to a Request for Information issued on June 26, 2012.        

ARTBA Announces Recipients of 2012 P3 Awards

On October 10 through 12, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) held their 24th Annual Public-Private Partnerships in Transportation Conference in Washington, DC.  Each year during this conference, the ARTBA P3 Division honors two individuals, one public sector and one private sector, for their exemplary contributions to the transportation industry. 

This year we are proud to announce that Nossaman's Geoff Yarema was named "P3 Private Sector Entrepreneur of the Year."  Geoff is the first two-time recipient of this award, having received the award in 2003.  Geoff was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of P3s within the transportation construction industry, particularly for his involvement in the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission and the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), a measure to reauthorize transportation funding through the end of 2014.

Also, Tony Kinn of Virginia’s Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships (OTP3) was named “P3 Public Sector Entrepreneur of the Year.”  Appointed as the director of OTP3 in 2011, Tony is in charge of one of the largest P3 transportation programs in the United States.  This year, he oversaw the financial closing of two major Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) P3 projects, including the Midtown Tunnel Project in April.  A Nossaman team, led by Simon Santiago, advised VDOT on the $2.1 billion Midtown Tunnel Project, which is comprised of a new two-lane tunnel adjacent to the existing Midtown Tunnel, the maintenance and safety improvements to the existing Midtown and Downtown Tunnels, and an extension of the MLK Freeway to Interstate 264.  Tony told the conference attendees that his goal is to have OTP3 and VDOT remain in the forefront of closing deals and we wish him continued success in this endeavor.   

In addition to the individual awards, each year ARTBA recognizes projects for the innovation that they brought to the process of public-private partnerships in the United States.  We would like to congratulate the California Department of Transportation and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority for the Presidio Parkway Project’s recognition as "P3 Project of the Year."  A Nossaman team, led by Barney Allison, advised Caltrans on the $1.1 billion deal, which will be the first transportation P3 in California under the recently enacted P3 statute, Streets and Highways Code section 143, and only the third highway project in the United States developed through an availability payment structure.  

Established in 1902, ARTBA is the oldest national transportation construction-related association.  Their primary goal is to aggressively grow and protect transportation infrastructure investment to meet the public and business demand for safe and efficient travel.

IBTTA Presents: Rebuilding America's Interstate Highway System

The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) is hosting a free panel on "Rebuilding America's Interstate Highway System" on June 21 from 8-10:30am ET. The program, which will be held at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation in Washington, DC, will also be broadcast live over the Internet for those who cannot attend in person.
The event targets anyone interested in exploring real solutions to the challenge of funding improvements to interstate highways and other major road systems in America including congressional staff, transportation policy professionals and lobbyists, trade and general media.
The presenters include:
Moderator: Patrick Jones, Executive Director & CEO, IBTTA – International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association
Presentation: Edward Regan, Executive Vice President, Wilbur Smith Associates
Randy Brown, Acting Executive Director, Maryland Transportation Authority
George Campbell, Secretary, New Hampshire Department of Transportation
Mark Foster, Chief Financial Officer, North Carolina Department of Transportation
Frank McCartney, Executive Director, Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission; President, IBTTA – International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association
Gregory Whirley, Commissioner, Virginia Department of Transportation
Register here to attend the event in person (space is limited), or sign up to participate in the live webcast streamed directly through your computer.

ARTBA Awards TxDOT P3 Deal of the Year and Amadeo Saenz Entrepreneur of the Year

Producing ground breaking advancements in transportation infrastructure is not without its challenges, highlighting the importance of celebrating each success. Today our client, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the organization’s Executive Director, Amadeo Saenz, are being recognized for their paradigm shifting approach to building roads.

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) is holding their 22nd Annual Public Private Partnerships in Transportation Conference in the nation’s capital. In what is being called a sweep, TxDOT has been awarded “P3 Project of the Year” for both the North Tarrant Express and the LBJ-635 Express projects, and Amadeo Saenz has been awarded “Public Sector Entrepreneur of the Year.” Cintra’s U.S. President, Nicolas Rubio, was awarded “Private Sector Entrepreneur of the Year.”

A well-respected organization established in 1902, ARTBA is the oldest national transportation construction-related association and the first to articulate a need for a federally-built network of Interstate highways. For 21 years the organization has assembled leaders in the transportation industry at this annual conference to discuss key transportation issues, including the private financing of transportation infrastructure projects.

FDOT I-595 Project Helps Sweep ARTBA PPV Awards

The Florida Department of Transportation’s I-595 project and its public and private partners won several awards at this year’s American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) P3 conference. “It’s pretty much a Florida sweep,” declared Pamela Bailey-Campbell, ARTBA Public Private Ventures Division president, as she announced the recipients of the Project, Public Sector Entrepreneur, and Private Sector Entrepreneur of 2009.ARTBA PPV awards luncheon

Bailey-Campbell announced three awards at the September 25 award luncheon in Washington D.C. The I-595 project in Fort Lauderdale, Florida received the Project of the Year award. ARTBA called the project, which achieved commercial and financial close in March of this year, a seminal project in public-private partnerships because it is the first availability payment concession highway project in the United States. FDOT Secretary Stephanie C. Kopelousos accepted the award on behalf of the department.

The Public Sector Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Gerry O’Reilly, Director of Transportation Development of FDOT District Four. Secretary Kopelousos credited Mr. O’Reilly - who led the FDOT team on the I-595 project - as the primary individual responsible for the project’s success.

The Private Sector Entrepreneur of the Year award went to Juan Santamaria, Chief Operating Officer of ACS Infrastructure Development, Inc. Mr. Santamaria was the lead representative and negotiator of the I-595 concessionaire team. In accepting the award, Mr. Santamaria thanked ARTBA for being a leading voice and organization in the PPP industry.

Nossaman served as legal advisor to FDOT on the I-595. Jeffrey Parker served as financial advisor and RS&H served as technical advisor.

Photo: Courtesy of ARTBA. Pictured are Juan Santamaria, Stephanie Kopelousos, Pamela Bailey-Campbell (outgoing ARTBA PPV Division President), Brian Howells (incoming ARTBA PPV Division President), and Gerry O'Reilly.