Puerto Rico juvenile centre PPP on fast track

The Puerto Rico Public Private Partnerships Authority has published an RFQ for a recently unveiled juvenile treatment facility in San Juan. The project is the first social infrastructure development in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico is wasting no time in pushing ahead with its first-ever social infrastructure public-private partnership (PPP).

The Puerto Rico Public Private Partnerships Authority (PPPA) has issued a request for qualification (RFQ) to design, build, finance and maintain a 600-bed juvenile social treatment centre in San Juan.

The publishing of the RFQ comes a little more than a month after the authority embarked on the project with the Juvenile Institution Administration (JIA) in Puerto Rico. The facility is set to mark the debut social infrastructure project under the PPP legislation Puerto Rico enacted in 2009.

In issuing the RFQ, the authority is working with the Puerto Rico Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DCR). The RFQ has a Friday, May 4 deadline, according to the PPPA. The authority did not indicate when a possible request for proposals (RFP) would be published.

The PPPA has put together a team to help coordinate on the project, dubbed Nuevo Comienzo, or “New Beginning,” including CPM for procurement, Advantage Business Consulting for economic and financial advice, law firm Pietrantoni, Mendez & Alvarez, specialised counsel Aird and Berlis, as well as SMRT and Marques + Marques for design and space planning.

In 2009, Puerto Rico passed Act No. 29, which created a legislative platform to enable private investment in public infrastructure and led to the launch of the PPPA, headed by executive director David Alvarez. Puerto Rico went on to develop its PPP programme with help from Macquarie Group, the Sydney, Australia-headquartered financial services giant.  

The first ever PPP in Puerto Rico, a 40-year toll road concession on PR-22 and PR-5, reached financial close in September last year. PR-22 is an 83-kilometre road. The concession, totaling $1.4 billion, was awarded to Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners and Spanish developer Abertis.

In addition to its toll road project, Puerto Rico has also drawn up a 50-year concession – currently in procurement – to modernise and redevelop the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport.