Washington, D.C.- In November 2016, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and her Office of Public-Private Partnerships gathered policy experts, public officials and residents at Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies to discuss the city’s infrastructure. During the event, the District’s Chief Financial Officer, Jeffrey DeWitt, outlined a few of the active P3 projects in the district, which include conversions of street lights to LEDs and additional smart city technology as well as infrastructure necessary to bring the Henry J. Daly Building and Corrections Center up to date.
The District has more than 71,000 lights which use a variety of inefficient bulb technologies, including incandescent and high-pressure sodium. The District is seeking a P3 to retrofit the lights with more energy efficient light-emitting diode bulbs. An additional opportunity exists to incorporate smart city technologies in the light facilities that provide broadband WiFi, enhanced cell phone services, information kiosks and sensors. The request for proposals (RFP) was released in March and in June public meetings will be held and a draft RFP will be submitted for council review.
The Henry J. Daly Building, located at 300 Indiana Avenue, serves as the headquarters for the Metropolitan Police Department. An RFP will be released in the coming weeks for a P3 that would include design, build, finance and maintenance of the building to house the police and other government agencies. The current 450,000-square-foot facility was built in 1941. Approximately 100,000 square feet of swing space is also desired to house police personnel during the construction process.
The Department of Corrections is seeking the design, build, finance and maintenance of a new corrections center that consolidates the existing Correctional Treatment Facility and the Central Detention Facility, located at 1901 D Street. The new facility must be able to accommodate the current inmate population, with the flexibility to adjust for future populations. The facility must include support services for health, dental, food services, laundry, job training, recreation, education, work assignments and more. The facility will be located on the existing site or another property owned by the District government or a third party. Administration offices of the Department of Corrections are located in a separate building. These offices, approximately 80 staff in 20,0000 square feet, could be consolidated in the new facility. The District is also considering the potential to house more inmates currently held in out-of-state facilities being managed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The RFP for this project will be released in the coming weeks.