Shortlist Announced for Caltrans and Metro ARTI Project

On September 10, 2013, the California Department of Transportation (“Caltrans”) in cooperation with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“Metro”), announced the shortlist for the Accelerated Regional Transportation Improvements (“ARTI”) Project. 

The Project, located in Los Angeles County, includes the development of one high-occupancy toll lane in each direction along Interstate 5 (“I-5”) North from the SR 14 freeway to Parker Road; the design, reconstruction, rehabilitation and maintenance of the pavement of all lanes of the same segment of I-5 North; the development of a segment of the existing SR 71 from the I-10 in Los Angeles County to the San Bernardino County line to expand it to an 8-lane freeway with three general purpose lanes and one high-occupancy vehicle lane in each direction; and the design and construction of approximately 44,800 linear feet of soundwalls at various locations along Interstate 210, SR 170, and Interstate 405.

The shortlisted teams were selected based on statements of qualifications submitted on July 19, 2013 in response to a request for qualifications issued by Caltrans in cooperation with Metro on May 31, 2013. 

The four shortlisted teams are:

Accelerate LA

HOCHTIEF, Skanska, InfraRed Capital Partners, Flatiron, Parsons Transportation Group, Cofiroute

Accelerate Los Angeles

Macquarie Capital Group Limited, Michael Baker Jr., Inc., Granite Construction Company, Roy Jorgensen Associates, Inc.

LA Accelerated Mobility Partners

Meridiam Infrastructure, Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate, Walsh Investors L.L.C., Walsh Construction Company, Clark Construction Group, AECOM, Atkinson Contractors, Transfield Services Infrastructure

LA Mobility Partners

Fluor Enterprises, Balfour Beatty, Parsons Brinckerhoff, C.C. Myers, Inc., DBi Services

 

More information on the ARTI Project can be found at the project website.

Tristan Robinson co-authored this entry.
 

Caltrans and Metro Issue Request for Qualifications for the Accelerated Regional Transportation Improvements Project

The California Department of Transportation (“Caltrans”), in cooperation with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“Metro”), issued on May 31, 2013 a Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) for teams interested in submitting Statement of Qualifications (“SOQs”) to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Accelerated Regional Transportation Improvements Project (the "ARTI" Project) through a public-private partnership (“P3”) agreement with Caltrans. 

The ARTI Project consists of six elements, all of which are located in Los Angeles County, including: the development of one high-occupancy toll (“HOT”) lane in each direction along Interstate 5 (“I-5”) North from SR 14 freeway to Parker Road; the design, construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of the pavement of all lanes on the SR 14 to Parker Road segment of I-5 North; the reconstruction of the existing SR 71 from Mission Boulevard in to Interstate 10 (“I-10”) to provide four general purpose lanes and one high-occupancy vehicle (“HOV”) lane in each direction, one interchange, two grade separated rail crossings, and three arterial undercrossings;  the reconstruction of the existing SR 71 from SR 60 to Rio Rancho Road to provide three general purpose lanes and one HOV lane in each direction, one interchange, one arterial undercrossing, frontage roads, and one pedestrian overcrossing; the design and construction of approximately 16,300 linear feet of soundwalls at various locations along Interstate 210 (“I-210”) freeway; and the design and construction of approximately 28,500 linear feet of soundwalls along SR 170 and Interstate 405 ("I-405") freeways. 

The RFQ and related Project documents are available from Metro’s procurement website.

Tristan Robinson co-authored this entry.

Presidio Parkway Project Named "Best Real Estate Deal of the Year" by San Francisco Business Times

Nossaman would like to congratulate the California Department of Transportation and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority for the Presidio Parkway Project's recognition as the "Best Real Estate Deal of the Year" in the category of Infrastructure/Public-Private Partnership by the San Francisco Business Times.  Winners were announced at the publication's annual awards dinner in San Francisco on March 20, 2013.

This recognition is the latest in a number of industry awards honoring the Presidio Parkway Project, which is the first transportation project to be procured under California's 2009 PPP statute, and only the fourth highway project in the United States developed using an availability payment structure.  A Nossaman team, led by Barney Allison, advised Caltrans on the $1.1 billion deal, which reached financial close on June 14, 2012.
 

Recognition for USA Infrastructure Continues to Grow on Global Stage

As the 2013 award season heats up for 2012 successes around the world, the juries are increasingly finding the US market hard to ignore. Infrastructure Journal and PPP Bulletin International, the two London-based media organizations that annually recognize top projects and industry organizations worldwide, have each announced their finalists for this year's best transportation transactions and firms. Focusing on public-private partnership projects as opposed to those mega-projects which are the subject of major design-build contracts, these organizations nevertheless both found much to honor during a standout period.

Infrastructure Journal has announced that the Virginia Department of Transportation's Downtown Tunnel/Midtown Tunnel/MLK Extension Project ("Midtown Tunnel") is one of four finalists for its Global Transport Deal of the Year, the third time in four years IJ has so recognized US projects, starting with the Texas Department of Transportation's North Tarrant Express, named the Global Transport Project of 2009 and finalist for the overall Global Infrastructure Project of that year; and the Florida Department of Transportation's I-595 Project, also a finalist for the 2009 Global Transport Project. For this year's awards, the publication reviewed more than 600 submissions and will announce the winner on April 17, 2013.

PPP Bulletin International has announced that the California Department of Transportation's Presidio Parkway Project, the Midtown Tunnel and VDOT's I-95 Express Lanes project are all among the finalists for its Best Transport Project of the Year. The publication will announce the winner on May 23, 2013.

We congratulate VDOT, Caltrans and their private partners for this well-deserved recognition.

From One End of the US to the Other, Project Finance Magazine Recognizes P3 Projects as Deals of the Year

On March 7, Project Finance Magazine held its annual “Project Finance Americas Deals of the Year” awards dinner in New York City.  The awards – which started 14 years ago – are for innovation, deal repeatability, best practice, problem solving, value for money and speed of delivery in the financing of infrastructure projects.  Two public-private partnership projects – one on the East coast and one on the West coast – received honors at this year’s dinner.     

The award for 2012 North America Toll Road Deal of the Year was given to the Midtown Tunnel project located in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia.  The $2.1 billion toll concession project, which reached financial close in April 2012, 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 Martin Luther King Freeway to Interstate 264.  The project sponsor was Elizabeth River Crossings Opco LLC, a consortium led by Macquarie and Skanska ID.  The awarding authority was the Virginia Department of Transportation.  Nossaman served as legal advisor to VDOT.   

The award for 2012 North America Public Private Partnership Deal of the Year was given to the Presidio Parkway project located in San Francisco, California.  The $1.1 billion project was the first transportation project in California to be delivered using the state’s recently enacted P3 statute and only the third highway project in the United States developed through an availability payment structure.  The project sponsor was Golden Link Concessionaire, LLC, a consortium led by Hochtief PPP Solutions North America and Meridiam Infrastructure North America.  The awarding authorities were the California Department of Transportation and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.  Nossaman served as legal advisor to Caltrans.  

Attendees at the awards dinner included: Dale Bonner, formerly the Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency for the State of California; Sean Connaughton, Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia; Dusty Holcombe, Deputy Director for the Virginia Office of Public Private Partnerships; and Ryan Pedraza, Program Manager for the Virginia Office of Public Private Partnerships.

Nossaman would like to extend its congratulations to VDOT, Caltrans and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority for their achievements, and to all those who made these awards possible.   

DBIA Announces the 2013 Design-Build in Transportation Leadership Awards

The Design-Build Institute of America announced today the 2013 Design-Build in Transportation Awards, which will be presented on March 19, 2013 at the 2013 Design-Build in Transportation Conference in Orlando, Florida.

The California Department of Transportation was named 2013 Transportation Owner Agency of the Year.  Caltrans has made great strides with design-build recently through its Design-Build Demonstration Program.  Caltrans also reached financial close this year on its high profile Presidio Parkway project, which will use the design-build-finance-operate and maintain, or availability payment, delivery method.

Ananth Prasad, the Florida Secretary of Transportation, will be honored with the 2013 Transportation Owner Award.  Mr. Prasad is an advocate for alternative delivery methods, and in 2012 alone FDOT awarded over 59 design-build contracts.  Florida is also a leader in innovative financing of transportation projects, with both the Port of Miami Tunnel and the I-595 Express Lanes being delivered as availability payment projects.

Roger A. Johnson is another individual awarded the 2013 Transportation Award.  He is the Deputy Director of Los Angeles World Airports.  He is currently overseeing two design-build projects valued at over $570 million at Los Angeles International Airport.  LAWA is planning an additional $1 billion worth of design-build projects as part of its modernization of the airport.

Finally, John Bourne of HNTB will be presented with the 2013 Transportation Practitioner Award.  Mr. Bourne was formerly the Deputy Director and then Director of the Utah Department of Transportation’s I-15 reconstruction program, a $1.6 billion design-build project.  Since joining HNTB he has been active in working with departments of transportation in states such as Minnesota, Texas, and Utah.  He recently served as HNTB’s project manager on the I-15 CORE project, a $1.1 billion fixed price/best design procurement.

The announcement can be found on the DBIA website.