RFQ on Puerto Rico juvenile facility due

The Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority (PPPA) set Monday, May 7, as the due date for a RFQ on its first-ever social infrastructure project. The original deadline for the RFQ was May 4.

A request for qualification to design, build, finance and maintain (DBFM) a juvenile social treatment centre in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is due today, Monday, May 7.

The Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority (PPPA) extended the deadline for the mandate. The RFQ was initially due on Friday, May 4.

Billed as the first-ever social infrastructure project in Puerto Rico, Nuevo Comienzo, or “New Beginning,” is a 600-bed juvenile social treatment facility – a joint project between the PPPA and Juvenile Institution Administration.

In developing the project, the PPPA put together a team 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.

The facility marked the latest public-private partnership (PPP) under the PPP legislation Puerto Rico enacted in 2009.

That year, 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.

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