Category Archives: P3

Can P3s Accelerate Puerto Rico’s Path to Recovery?

  On September 20, 2017, all eyes were on Puerto Rico as Hurricane Maria made its way across the island and left devastation along its path. A crippling economic crisis and population decrease already painted an uncertain future for the people of Puerto Rico. Two major back-to-back hurricanes later, questions about the future turned to questions about survival. No water. No power. No communications. Scarce supplies. While conditions are improving, there are still thousands of people without power, water, and a safe sustainable infrastructure.

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Topics: Arcadis, P3.

How an Integrated Design-Build Team is Essential to Achieving Lowest Whole of Life Cost in a P3 Project

There are varying definitions of a public-private partnership (P3) in the North American water sector, and each definition can impact the design-build contractor and their commercial relationships. My P3 water sector experience gained in the UK, Australia, Canada, and the U.S. is centered on the procurement model of design, build, finance, operation, and maintenance (DBFOM). In this model, a government entity (for example, a water district or authority) will create and define the scope of the project, and then issue a single contract (a project agreement) to engage a special purpose vehicle (also known as Project Company) who is responsible for the overall design, construction, financing, and usually long-term (greater than 20 years) operation and maintenance of the project.

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Topics: Design-Build, P3.

Key Attributes of a Public-Private Partnership

Embracing collaboration, a key initiative promoted by the Water Design-Build Council, is much more than just a concept. Through the WDBC’s 12 years of existence, we have experienced a dramatic shift in delivery models. Whereas design-build and CMAR were considered “alternatives” just a few years ago, they are now the “go to” delivery tools for owners across the country. The reason? The benefits of true collaboration are showing how success can be achieved.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, Collaborative Delivery, P3.

5 Key Factors for a Successful Water Infrastructure Public-Private Partnership Procurement

A public-private partnership (P3) with project financing is formed when a public-sector entity, such as a municipal water utility or state department of transportation, enters into an agreement with a private-sector entity for the design, construction, finance, long-term operation and maintenance of a project. A P3 project allows for greater private-sector participation in the delivery, financing, and operations of public water infrastructure projects.

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Topics: CDM Smith, P3, Water Infrastructure/Treatment.

What Are the Financial Trends of Municipalities in Funding Water and Sewer Projects?

A featured topic of discussion at the recent August ACEC Environment & Energy Committee meeting was Identifying Financial Trends from federal, state, and private/public partnership (P3) sources. Committee members sought to gain insight and perspective from other groups and organizations also in attendance (Council of Mayors, WDBC, engineering and financial firms).

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Topics: Education, P3, Wastewater Infrastructure/Treatment, Water Infrastructure/Treatment, WDBC Admin.

Municipalities Have Many Options in a Public-Private Partnership

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are a bit like snowflakes – no two are alike. In fact, for municipalities looking at alternative forms of funding for capital projects, there are a multitude of options that can make any arrangement a custom fit for the particular situation.

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Topics: Black & Veatch, P3.

Aging US Water Infrastructure: The Role of the Private Sector

Water Design-Build Council member AECOM Technology Corporation, a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for public and private clients in more than 140 countries around the world, recently announced that it has published a white paper titled, “Fostering a Larger Private-Sector Role in United States Infrastructure.”

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Topics: AECOM, P3, Water Infrastructure/Treatment.