Honolulu forming P3 for $800M arena complex redevelopment

Hawaii – The city and county of Honolulu are planning to create a public-private partnership (P3) to redevelop the Neal S. Blaisdell Center arena complex for an estimated $800 million.
Neal S. Blaisdell Center

Officials with the consolidated city-county’s Department of Enterprise Services said they will issue a request for qualifications (RFQ) in July and a request for proposals (RFP) in December. The current master plan outlines the city’s and county’s shared vision to renovate the arena and concert hall, build a new exhibition hall and parking structures, and create new public and commercial spaces on the site.

Most of the facilities on the 22.4-acre Blaisdell Center complex have been in operation since 1964. They include an 8,800-seat multi-purpose arena, exhibition hall, galleria, concert hall, meeting rooms and parking structure.

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.

P3 board approves bridge bundling proposal in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania- The Pennsylvania Public-Private Partnership (P3) Board approved a proposal to reconstruct 15 bridges and two interstates in Luzerne County. The bridges are located along a 25-mile section of Interstate 81 and a 10-mile section of Interstate 80. The proposal is part of an adjusted bid, design-build that will allow the designer and contractor to work in close collaboration. The method also allows the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to put greater weight on a contractor’s qualifications in addition to cost factors.

The bridges are fully funded through the current Transportation Improvement Plan. Design will begin in 2019 and construction will be completed by 2023. The P3 Board and PennDOT’s P3 Office were established after the Public-Private Transportation Partnerships Act was signed into law in September 2012 and authorized P3 projects in Pennsylvania.

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.