US schools P3 hits snag

Maryland County Council delays affirmation vote

Prince George's County Council in Maryland has unanimously voted to delay a decision on whether to affirm its pioneering schools P3 bundle.

The council had been asked to vote to allocate the county, education board and consortium’s role during the proposed P3 deal.

The USA’s debut schools package gathered significant momentum last week as a consortium consisting of Fengate, Gilbane, Stantec and Honeywell was revealed as the frontrunner to deliver the six schools, maintaining and operating them for 33 years after completion.

At the time of the announcement, Prince George’s County executive Angela Alsobrooks said: “When I took office, we promised innovative solutions in our local government, and that is exactly why I was proud to advocate for and help secure the passage of our public-private partnership legislation during the 2019 session of the Maryland General Assembly.”

The vote will continue next week.