Last January we reported on an expansion of public design build programs in New York as a result of legislation arising out of Governor Cuomo’s budget for 2012. At that time, New York expanded the number of agencies that were permitted to utilize design build procurement from two to five. Now with the Governor’s proposed 2013 Budget, the design build method will be made available to virtually all state entities, with the only exceptions being the New York City university and New York State university systems.
Of perhaps even greater interest is the current proposed legislation’s introduction of “design build finance” as an available capital procurement method. This device, which may entail use of private and public funds, or perhaps a combination of same, will be available to the same broad range of state public entities as design build will be.
Both procurement methods will follow the two-tier system involving short listing proposers to an RFQ followed by a selection based on best value to the state.
The proposed legislation (See “Public Protection and General Government” Article VII Legislation) can be found here, and a supporting memo here.
The Governor of the State of New York announced today that a team of artists and designers has been appointed to review and provide recommendations concerning the evaluation of bids submitted by three design-build ventures for the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge. The Members of the Bridge Design Aesthetic Team include: Jeffrey Koons, Artist; Richard Meier, Architect; Thomas P. Campbell, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Alison Spear, Architect; Keith Brownlie, Bridge Designer; and Thomas Wermuth, Director, Hudson River Valley Institute and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Marist College.
The full review team consists of over 35 additional professionals including government officials, community representations, local officials as well as technical advisors representing various disciplines including geotechnical, infrastructure, construction estimating, construction management, planning, environmental, financial, structural, transportation and traffic, roadway, public relations, and legal.
The review team is to make recommendations to the Governor that can include recommendation of one of the bids, authorize negotiations with one or more bidders, or authorize a request for a best and final offer from one or more bidders.
The biographies of all review team members can be found here.
Design-Build project delivery has gained ground recently in New York. In a sweeping budget deal last month (December 2011), including provisions restructuring the personal income tax code, New York authorized certain state agencies to utilize design-build for road, bridge and other capital projects in excess of $1.2 million. The agencies benefitting from the deal include the Department of Transportation, Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Presentation and the Department of Environmental Conservation. Awards are to be made on a “best value” basis to bidders from a prequalified list.
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