Nashville airport soliciting for hotel public-private partnership

Tennessee– The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) has been undergoing a $144 million design-build expansion. The awarded contract included designing an additional six-level, 1,800-space parking structure capable of supporting a hotel on the fifth level. The hotel and parking portion of the project is now being sought by the airport through a request for qualifications.
The scope of the services involves designing and building a parking structure as well as designing, building, financing, operating and maintaining a hotel development. Under the plans, the new parking structure will be funded, operated and maintained by MNAA, and the hotel development will be funded, operated and maintained by the developer. A pre-qualification conference will be held at the airport on Feb. 28. Responses are due by May 2.

Bridge replacement ranks at the top for Maryland governor

Maryland– The replacement of the American Legion Memorial Bridge is a top priority for the Maryland governor. The American Legion Bridge replacement is part of a $7.6 billion widening of Interstates 495 (the Capital Beltway) and 270 in Maryland. The new bridge will be built within the current span’s existing footprint but will aim to reduce traffic congestion in the area surrounding the structure. The bridge will connect to three miles of high-occupancy toll lanes that Virginia is building. In November, the Maryland Department of Transportation issued a presolicitation information memo about the anticipated first phase of the project.
The state estimated that this initial scope of work would cost between $2 billion and $5 billion and include the design, construction and financing of managed lanes from Virginia into Maryland, rehabilitation of the American Legion Bridge, followed by operations and maintenance of the new infrastructure for 50 years. The schedule for the solicitation projects that the state’s Board of Public Works would approve the project for a public-private partnership this month. The next step would be the issuance of an industry-wide request for qualifications in April.

UConn Health issues solicitation for P3

Connecticut- University of Connecticut (UConn) Health is the state’s public academic health center, which includes John Dempsey Hospital, UConn School of Health, UConn School of Dental Medicine, The Graduate School, UConn Medical Group, dental clinics, research laboratories and more. This week, the health system took a step in pursuing a public-private partnership (P3) by releasing a national solicitation of interest letter. The letter is a request for proposals from health organizations across the country interested in partnering with the Farmington-based health system.

The General Assembly passed legislation in June 2017 requiring UConn Health’s Board of Directors to begin the process of establishing a P3 and to submit a report to the legislature by April. The three-page report summarized the network’s efforts, the rationale for the partnership and the process needed to move forward. UConn Health was established in 1961. In recent years, the health network opened its $203 million outpatient pavilion – a 300,000 square-foot facility – and the $318 million inpatient University Tower, which has 169 inpatient beds. The 384,000 square-foot tower was funded through general obligation state bonds. UConn Health’s annual budget has been about $1 billion over the last five years – with about 22 to 24 percent coming from state appropriations.

New Memphis art museum to become centerpiece of riverfront development

Tennessee- The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) to design a new campus in downtown Memphis. The new riverfront development will include a museum with a theater, an event space and a larger store selling books and gifts. The campus would take up the city block where the fire department headquarters and a fire station sit.

A new museum campus will aid the city’s Memphis Bicentennial Gateway Project, intended to connect public spaces and attractions along the riverfront. Museum representatives estimate the cost of designing and constructing the campus to be $105 million and anticipate opening the facility in 2024. Responses to the RFQ are due by Nov. 2.