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Procurement Issues: One-on-One Meeting Procedures

Experience with innovative procurements indicates that holding one-on-one meetings with proposers is beneficial whenever selection is based on a “best value” evaluation of competitive proposals—whether the procurement contemplates selection based on initial proposals or whether selection will be made following discussions and receipt of revised proposals.  Some agencies are unaccustomed to holding confidential meetings with … Continue Reading

Financing and an Extended Lease Term Now Required For Enforceable Lease-Leasebacks in California

On June 1, 2015, a California Court of Appeal held that in order for a lease-leaseback arrangement to be enforceable, the lease must be “genuine”, containing both a financing component and a lease term that extends beyond the construction period (Davis v. Fresno Unified School District, et al. (2015) __CalRptr.3d__ [2015 WL 3454720].) Background In … Continue Reading

IRWA Professionals Keenly Interested in Design-Build Issues

Identifying and allocating the risks associated with right-of-way acquisition in design-build projects was a hot topic for the standing-room only crowd at last week’s annual Education Conference of the International Right of Way Association in San Diego, California.  Nossaman litigation/eminent domain partner Artin Shaverdian hosted a panel on “Design-Build Projects and Right of Way Acquisition: … Continue Reading

The Texas Department of Transportation and Lane-Abrams Joint Venture Reach Agreement on the State Highway 360 Project

On May 15, 2015, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Lane-Abrams Joint Venture  (DB Contractor) entered into a design-build contract (DBA) and associated comprehensive maintenance agreement (COMA) for the approximately $300 million SH 360 Project (the Project). Pursuant to the DBA, DB Contractor will design and construct and potentially maintain approximately 9.7 miles of … Continue Reading

Developer Selected to Build U.S.’s Longest Cable Stayed Bridge in Corpus Christi, Texas

The Texas Transportation Commission has conditionally awarded a comprehensive development agreement to Flatiron/Dragados for the longest cable stayed bridge in the United States.  The new Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge will allow larger ships to deliver their cargo to the Port of Corpus Christi, serving as an economic catalyst for the region and the State of … Continue Reading

California to Purchase High-Speed Trains

Trainsets On January 30, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) issued a draft Request For Proposals (RFP) for Tier III trainsets and invited industry to submit comments. The Authority is seeking a trainset manufacturer to design, build and maintain Tier III trainsets.  The trainsets will have a minimum of 450 seats and be able to … Continue Reading

FDOT Study Finds Significant Cost and Time Savings with Design-Build Project Delivery

According to a recent internal study conducted by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the design-build project delivery method provides significant cost and time savings as compared to the traditional design-bid-build delivery method.  The study examined FDOT contracts from 2008 to 2012 that were valued between $30 million and $70 million, a group of contracts … Continue Reading

California High-Speed Rail Authority Hosts Official Groundbreaking Ceremony

On January 6, 2015, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (the Authority) achieved a significant milestone — the groundbreaking of the only high-speed rail system in the United States.  Gathering at the site of the future train station in downtown Fresno, federal, state and local government officials, as well as hundreds of student, community, transportation, business and … Continue Reading
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