Puerto Rico to tender school P3

A Request for Qualifications for the project has set Oct 8 as a due date.

Puerto Rico is procuring a social infrastructure project less than a month after shelving what would have been its first public-private partnership (PPP; P3) in the sector.

A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a ‘school modernization program’ named Escuelas de Prima, published jointly by the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnership Authority (PPPA; P3A) and the Puerto Rico Infrastructure Financing Authority (PRIFA), is due Tuesday, October 8.

The P3 is a ‘build [and] conservation’ contract, the RFQ stated. The programme is part of a school redevelopment effort initiated under ex-Governor of Puerto Rico Luis Fortuno.

Fortuno, who was voted out of office in November, signed off on enabling P3 legislation in 2009, letting Puerto Rico privatise its public infrastructure.

The Caribbean island – a US territory – went on to lease operation of its Puerto Rico Highway 22 (PR-22) and Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (LMM) via Act 29.

A third social infrastructure P3 conceived under Fortuno – a juvenile detention centre – was discontinued in mid-procurement earlier this month.

The Long Beach Courthouse project, which reached financial close in 2011, is the sole social infrastructure PPP in America to date.