The Texas Transportation Commission Selects Apparent Best Value Proposer for Grand Parkway Project

The Texas Transportation Commission selected the apparent best value proposer for the design, construction and long-term capital maintenance of the Grand Parkway project, a 37-mile, greenfield toll road in Houston. The high-priority project awarded on Thursday consists of Segments F-1, F-2 and G of the Grand Parkway, part of a proposed 184-mile highway, encircling the Houston area. A few of the other, smaller segments of the Grand Parkway are being developed using traditional construction contracts. Segments D and E are currently under construction and Segment I-2 is already open to traffic.

Four short-listed proposers submitted technical proposals on August 15 and price proposals on August 22.

  • FBW, a consortium comprised of Fluor, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure and Williams Brothers;
  • Kiewit-Granite Parkway Constructors, a joint venture between Kiewit Texas Construction, Granite Construction Co. and Texas Sterling;
  • Spring Creek Constructors, a joint venture between J.D. Abrams, FCC Construccion, The Lane Construction Company and Shikun & Binui; and
  • Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders, a joint venture comprised of Zachry Construction Corporation and Odebrecht Construction Inc.

Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders was determined to be the apparent best value proposer and conditionally awarded the design-build and capital maintenance agreements. The best value selection criteria included price, technical and schedule scores. According to the RFP, TxDOT's construction cost estimate exclusive of design was $1.160 billion. Zachry-Odebrecht's proposed design and construction price is $1,007,053,000, resulting in significant cost savings. In addition, Zachry-Odebrecht proposed the fastest schedule with completion approximately 7 months earlier than the outside deadline set by TxDOT.

The award to Zachry-Odebrecht is conditioned upon successful completion of negotiations and finalization of the agreements, as well as compliance with various legislative conditions to execution of the agreements. Commercial close is anticipated to occur at the end of the year.

Indiana Finance Authority Publishes the Request for Proposals for the East End Crossing Project

On July 31, 2012, the Indiana Finance Authority (“IFA”) issued its Request for Proposals to its previously-shortlisted four teams for the East End Crossing, part of the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project located in Southern Indiana and the greater Louisville, Kentucky metropolitan area.

The broader Ohio River Bridges Project consists of improvements to connecting roadways, and most prominently, will provide two new toll bridges across the Ohio River:  the “Downtown Bridge” – a new bridge carrying I-65 and upstream on the Ohio River from the existing Kennedy Bridge – and the “East End Bridge” – also a new bridge connecting I-265/KY 841 with S.R. 265 in Indiana.  IFA is developing the East End Crossing as a public-private partnership, in close coordination with the Indiana Department of Transportation and in cooperation with the Commonwealth of Kentucky and its agencies, which are separately procuring the Downtown Bridge portion of the broader Ohio River Bridges Project.

The East End Crossing involves construction of the East End Bridge and approaches on both the Kentucky and Indiana sides of the Ohio River.  The selected proposer will develop, design, build, finance, operate and maintain the East End Crossing through an availability payment concession.

IFA shortlisted four teams in April 2012, and each team has participated actively in several industry review sessions, which helped inform today’s final “RFP” documents.  Issuance of the RFP continues IFA’s on-time track record during this procurement, emphasizing the State of Indiana’s collective commitment to advancing the East End Crossing on time and by the committed deadlines.

Proposals are due from the shortlisted proposer teams on October 26, 2012.  IFA anticipates a commercial closing on the 35-year term Public-Private Agreement by mid-December.

The four shortlisted teams are:

  • East End Mobility Partners (joint venture of SNC-Lavalin Capital, John Laing Investments Limited and Zachry Resources, Inc.), with Tutor Perini Corporation, Zachry Construction Corporation and SNC-Lavalin Transportation USA, Inc. teaming as the design-builder, and including Frontier Kemper Constructors Inc., ARUP USA, Inc. and Daelim Industrial Co, Ltd., among others.
  • Ohio River Mobility Group (joint venture of ACS Infrastructure Development, Inc., Hochtief PPP Solutions North America, Inc. and Skanska Infrastructure Development, Inc.), with Skanska USA Civil Southeast, Inc., Flatiron Constructors, Inc. and Dragados USA, Inc. teaming as the design-builder, and including URS Corporation and T.Y. Lin International as the designers, and with others.
  • Ohio River Transportation Partners (joint venture of InfraRed Capital Partners Limited, Balfour Beatty Capital and Kiewit Development Company), with Ohio River Transportation Constructors East (Kiewit Infrastructure Co., Traylor Bros., Inc., Massman Construction Co. and Kokosing Construction Company, Inc.) teaming as the design-builder, and including Ohio River Transportation Designers as the joint-venture design team (HNTB Corporation and Parsons Brinckerhoff), and with others.
  • WVB East End Partners (joint venture of Walsh Investors, LLC, VINCI Concessions S.A.S. and Bilfinger Berger PI International Holding GmbH), with Walsh Construction Company and VINCI Construction Grand Projets teaming as the design-builder, and including Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. as the designer, and with others.

John Smolen co-authored this entry.

GDOT Issues Final RFP for West by Northwest Project

On Sept. 19, 2011, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) sent a press release announcing that GDOT issued the final Request for Proposal (RFP) for the West by Northwest Project.  The RFP was provided to three short-listed proposers, comprised of several national and international developers and contractors.  Brandon Beach, P3 Committee Chair of the State Transportation Board, viewed the issuance of the RFP as further evidence that GDOT’s P3 program “is vibrant and continuing to make huge strides in coordinating these mega-projects with our partner agencies.”

Responses to the RFP are currently scheduled to be submitted in February 2012, with construction expected to start in Spring of 2013.

Foothill Extension Project Moves Forward

On August 30 the Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to three teams vying for the Foothill Extension Phase 2A light rail alignment work.  The design-build-finance project includes 11.5 miles of new track, a 25+ acre light rail maintenance facility, six stations in five cities, and multiple bridges along with the needed utilities and crossing systems.  Phase 2A is anticipated to generate 7,000 jobs and $1 billion of economic output for the region during construction and will be the first Measure R rail project to break ground.  The public-private partnership with the winning bidder will enable the project to be completed much faster than using traditional mechanisms.

The RFP was issued to three firms that were shortlisted earlier in the year through a competitive process.  The teams competing for the project are the Foothill Transit Constructors (Kiewit Pacific Co. and Parsons Transportation Group Inc.), Shimmick Construction Company/URS Corporation and Skanska USA Civil West California District/Balfour Beatty Rail, Inc.  Proposals are due January 27, 2011 and the award is anticipated in April 2011.  On June 18, 2010 the Authority awarded a Design-Build Contract for the Iconic Freeway Structure under Phase 2A to Skanska USA Civil West California District Inc.

Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension