Puerto Rico social PPP attracts 11 bidders

The public-private partnership hotspot has drawn a strong response to its RFQ for the New Juvenile Social Treatment Campus project, with a host of consortia coming forward including the likes of Balfour Beatty, Ferrovial and Plenary Group.

The Puerto Rico Public Private Partnerships Authority (PPPA) and the Puerto Rico Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation have announced that  11 consortia have responded to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a new juvenile social treatment complex on the Caribbean island.

Statements For Qualifications (SOQs) for the New Juvenile Social Treatment Campus project were submitted by the May 7 deadline by the following consortia:

*Alianza Renacer (including Brookfield Infrastructure, AECOM and Yates Construction);
*Balfour Beatty Capital Inc (including Balfour Beatty Capital, Heery International and Aireko Construction);
*CORE Consortium (including Bermudez, Longo & Díaz-Massó, CIC Construction Group and CMA Architects and Engineers);
*CGL Servicios a Jovenes (including Atlas Roofing, CGL Capital Solutions and HF Engineering Consulting);
*Ferrovial-Agroman and SIEP (including Ferrovial-Agroman, SIEP and Mentor Technical Group);
*JC Juvenile Corporation of America (including F&R Construction Group, DLA Piper and UBS);
*NBC-Yauco (including Desarrollos Metropolitanos, V Architecture and Municipal Capital Markets Group);
*OHL Team (including OHL, RB Construction and Unipro);
*PD/IBT Development Team (including Phelps Development, IBT Group and KMD Architects);
*PH Puerto Rico/Molasky (including The Molasky Group of Companies, Layton Construction and Barclays Capital); and
*Plenary Properties Puerto Rico (including Plenary Group, Walsh Puerto Rico and RBC Capital Markets).

“The level of interest, combined with the high calibre of the participants, is an indication of the great opportunity that Puerto Rico has through the use of PPPs,” says David Alvarez, PPPA executive, in a statement. He added that he was “very enthusiastic about the high level of participation of locally based companies”.

The project involves the design, build, finance and maintenance of a juvenile social treatment centre in the capital city of San Juan. Billed as the first-ever social infrastructure project in Puerto Rico, Nuevo Comienzo, or “New Beginning”, will be a 600-bed facility.

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.

The PPPA is in the process of choosing from two consortia for the airport project.