Global Recognition of US Infrastructure Projects and Transportation Agencies Continues at Partnerships Awards

As we previously reported in April, organizations that annually recognize top projects and industry organizations worldwide have proven that they are no longer focusing solely on mega-projects that are part of major design-build contracts.  This was apparent at the Partnerships Awards hosted by Partnerships Bulletin and PPP Bulletin International on May 23, 2013, where numerous US agencies and projects received recognition.

The Commonwealth of Virginia’s Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships received the distinction of Best Central/Regional Government PPP Promoter, recognized for its work on some of the largest infrastructure projects currently taking place in the US, including the 95 Express Lanes project and the Midtown Tunnel.  Continuing their winning streak, Dusty Holcombe, Deputy Director of the Virginia Office of Transportation P3, was also honored for Best Individual Contribution. 

Also receiving recognition, Presidio Parkway was "Highly Commended" for Best Transport Project, essentially making it one of top three transport projects in world.  This $1.1 billion project was the first to be delivered under California’s P3 law, and only the third anywhere in the United States to be developed through an availability payment structure.

We would also like to recognize Ernst & Young for being named Best Financial Adviser and KPMG for being “Highly Commended” in the same category.  Congratulations also to Arup for being named Best Technical Adviser.

The Partnerships Awards recognize people and projects from around the world for innovation, inspiration and collaboration.  Entries are first reviewed by an 80-plus expert panel before going on to the 20 head judges. 

Congratulations to all the agencies and their private partners involved in these projects for this highly-deserved recognition.

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.