Washington State– The city of Lacey requests the services of a qualified consulting firm to investigate the feasibility of developing and operating an indoor sports facility for local sports organizations, as well as attracting potential regional, state, and national tournaments. The indoor facility may include an indoor track and basketball, volleyball and pickleball courts. The sports facility could also provide baseball, fastpitch and soccer fields. The indoor facility may also include a snack stand, restaurant/bar and retail sales. The city seeks recommendations regarding public-private partnerships (P3) that could bring this type of facility to Lacey, if determined feasible.
Proposals will be evaluated based on the firm’s experience with similar projects and estimated project budget. Interested firms should submit a project approach and identify the individuals, along with their expertise, who will be assigned to the project. Examples of relevant work are required, and should showcase the quality, breadth, and approach used in prior projects. Proposals must be received by April 11.
Louisiana– Louisiana issued a request for proposal for contractors to supply new voting machines. The state is receiving $6 million in federal grant money to help complete the project. The project is estimated to cost anywhere from $40 million to $60 million. There is a need to allocate additional funding for this project in next year’s budget. The request for proposals is wide open but likely will not consider anything that has a Wi-Fi or other internet connection. With past elections being vulnerable to hackers, Louisiana believes the safest voting booths are those that have limited connectivity and point of entrance.
Features of the new machines should include a touch-screen-style system to be placed on stands or tables. Those style machines will be easier to store and will provide a voter-verified paper receipt for any post-election recounts to make it easier for auditing. The hope is to have the voting machine contract awarded by June 30 and all the equipment replaced, through a phased-in process, by 2020. This project is very timely as the antiquated machines used for early voting are currently running very low on spare parts to keep them operational.
Indiana– Purdue University is pursuing a public-private partnership (P3) for student housing. The request for proposals (RFP) issued earlier this month details plans to add 1,100 beds without demolishing any existing housing facilities on campus. The residence hall at Fourth and Russell will be approximately 500 beds and the residence hall south of Meredith will be approximately 600 beds.
The private partner will develop, design, build, finance, operate and maintain the six-story dorms needed for undergraduates at the West Lafayette campus. The university intends to have the project completed by the 2020-2021 school year. The administration decided on a P3 to cut down on the projects expected timeline. Bids are due by April 20.
Michigan– The city of Warren is seeking a developer to build a walkable downtown around its city hall and a raised, enclosed, climate-controlled pedestrian bridge to draw in nearby foot traffic. The city will issue a request for proposals April 9 to create this walkable downtown, which is likely to cost $125 million or more. The 16 acres of walking space will run along Van Dyke Avenue and across from a technical center for motor vehicles.
Warren’s Town Center proposal will include a luxury hotel, upscale grocery store, residential units and assorted retail stores. The city of Warren plans to seek grants, offer tax incentives and work with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to contribute to the cost of the project. The city’s Downtown Development Authority approved $4.6 million for infrastructure improvements in the area.