‘Significant’ interest in San Diego projects

Dozens of leading industry figures have participated in the San Diego Association of Governments' (SANDAG) virtual conference on the region’s plans to use public-private partnership (P3) models.

SANDAG have confirmed to P3 Bulletin that 283 attendees joined Tuesday’s pre-proposal meeting for P3 advisory services. 

As previously reported the goal of the procurement is to review unsolicited proposals and potential P3 projects with transit, mobility, smart projects and a port of entry from Mexico being considered.

A spokesperson for the Californian regional authority said: “Approximately 150 questions were received during the webinar, showing a significant amount of interest from attendees. SANDAG intends to award multiple contracts to qualified proposers to create an on-call panel of firms to provide services as needed.”

A number of equity investors, contractors and services providers with considerable P3 portfolios joined hundreds of representatives from leading legal, technical, and financial firms in the sector on the webinar.

Bids are due April 15 with questions due March 30. Final contract approval is anticipated for late June.

The US Navy also participated in the webinar. The Naval Base Point Loma Old Town Campus is home to Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR). NAVWAR needs new mission-capable and modern facilities to support its cyber security mission. The Navy is considering plans to maximize the value of approximately 70.5 acres of Navy-owned underutilized property at the Old Town Campus to support NAVWAR needs.

The Navy is coordinating with SANDAG to share information as both parties move through the planning and approval process leading to selection of a public private development partner. SANDAG has committed approximately USD50m to study the feasibility of developing a transit center for San Diego with direct connection to the San Diego International Airport. 

The Navy completed a 30-day public scoping period on February 24. Additional opportunities for public participation will occur after the publication of the Draft EIS in Summer 2020. 

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