Four to vie for Puerto Rico juvenile centre

Puerto Rico is set to publish a RFP to four consortia for its juvenile detention centre. The centre, dubbed ‘New Beginning,’ is the first-ever social infrastructure PPP for Puerto Rico.

A shortlist to find a design, build, finance and maintain (DBFM) partner for a juvenile detention centre billed as the first social infrastructure public-private partnership (PPP) project in Puerto Rico has been finalised.

Four consortia will now compete for Nuevo Comienzo, or “New Beginning,” a 600-bed “social treatment campus complex,” the Puerto Rico Public Private Partnerships Authority (PPPA) said Wednesday.

The authority did not indicate when a request for proposals (RFP) would follow.

New Beginning is going to be located in Yauco, and will stress “education, rehabilitation and social reinsertion,” the PPPA said.

Chosen to receive a RFP were:

– Alianza  Renacer, teaming AECOM Technology Corporation, publicly traded Brookfield Infrastructure Partners and Yates Construction;

– Balfour Beatty Capital, with Aireko Construction and Heery International;

– NBC Yauco, a consortium comprised of Desarrrollos Metropolitanos, Municipal Capital Markets Group and V Architecture;

– Plenary Properties Puerto Rico, with Plenary Group, RBC Capital Markets and Walsh Puerto Rico.

Eleven consortia responded to a March call for the DBFM contract. PPPA has not put a value on the PPP, or published the term-length of the mandate.

In January, the PPPA revealed its New Beginning initiative, citing a “clear need for investment” in social infrastructure in Puerto Rico.

To advise on procurement, the authority has enlisted Advantage Business Consulting, law firm Pietrantoni, Mendez & Alvarez, counsel Aird and Berlis, SMRT and Marques + Marques.

New Beginning, like the $1.4 billion Puerto Rico Highway 22 concession agreement and the July lease of the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, was spawned from enabling legislation, passed in 2009.

The enactment that year of Act No. 29 led to the creation of the PPPA, led by David Alvarez.