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.

Patrick Harder Named Chair of Nossaman's Infrastructure Practice Group

Nossaman Partner Patrick D. Harder has been named Chair of the Firm's Infrastructure Practice Group. He takes the reins from Partner Geoffrey S. Yarema, who has been Chair of the group since its founding, two years of which he co-chaired with Patrick.

Patrick Harder has over 25 years of legal experience in the construction industry, with a particular focus on large scale civil works projects procured through innovative procurement processes. From managing cutting edge procurements for public agencies to prosecuting and defending construction claims, he has an in-depth knowledge of successful, large scale construction projects.  His projects range from complex public works such as the Port of Miami Tunnel and Gerald Desmond Bridge, to high profile commercial buildings such as the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  In 2011 and 2012, Chambers and Partners recognized him as a leading lawyer nationally in the field of public-private partnerships and described him as a "reasonable yet strong defender of his client's position" who has a "wealth of practical knowledge."

As Geoffrey steps down from the practice group leadership role, he will continue to build on his reputation as a nationally recognized leader in infrastructure development and finance. He has pioneered innovative procurement, contracting, and financing structures for large public works projects throughout North America and is an essential advisor to public agencies seeking to make effective use of innovative forms of contracts including: design-build, design-build-operate-maintain, toll concession, availability payment, pre-development, and other kinds of public-private partnerships. In 2010, 2011, and 2012, Chambers and Partners recognized him as a leading lawyer nationally in the field of public-private partnerships, describing him as one of the "most influential attorneys in the business" and "the dominant player in PPP work in the USA."

Nossaman’s Infrastructure expertise extends across a range of industry sectors including transportation, water, energy, telecommunications, and healthcare on projects ranging from bridges and highways, to water treatment plants and hospitals. From the first modern California toll roads developed in the 1990s, to precedent-setting turnpike projects in Texas, to the recent Presidio Parkway PPP project in California, Nossaman has worked on almost every major innovatively-financed transportation infrastructure project in the United States.