Advisors selected for LA civic P3

The City of Los Angeles has completed the advisory team for the Los Angeles Street Civic Building project, as a timeline for the deal emerges

The city is looking to build a 27-29 story tower that will contain 753,740 sq ft of office space and underground parking for 1,100 vehicles.

Under the plans, the request for qualifications (RFQ) is expected to be issued in January 2019 for the office building, and request for proposals (RFP) slated to be issued next May, with responses due in September 2019. The city is aiming to select a preferred bidder by November 2019 and hopes to have the project agreement approved by January 2020. Construction is expected to begin in February 2020, with operations slated for April 2023.

The Bureau of Engineering (BOE) has selected Arup as its financial and procurement advisor, while Perkins+Will is the city’s technical advisor and Ashurst and Loeb & Loeb are the legal advisors.

Arup will lead the development of the RFQ/P documents and will conduct financial analysis and market soundings for the City’s preferred DBFOM and DBF+OM delivery options. Arup will also assist the BOE with the management of the procurement process, including evaluation of proposals, negotiations, financial closing and construction phase project management support. Arup’s sub-consultants for the project include: Deloitte, BAE, MGAC, Trifiletti Consulting and OCMI.

“We look forward to working closely with the Bureau of Engineering as the City embarks on an ambitious plan to remake the Civic Center District,” said Ignacio Barandiaran, principal at Arup. “We are confident that our experience as one of the leading infrastructure advisors in the US will provide the City of Los Angeles with immediate and meaningful value procuring the LASCB project.”

Firms that attended an outreach meeting held by the city last month included Aecom, Bouygues, Edgemoor, John Laing, Meridiam, Plenary, Shikun & Binui, Siemens and Sundt. A construction network presentation is scheduled for November 6, with a community meeting on November 8.