Public work session to feature expert panel discussion on procurement options
HOOD RIVER, OR – The Port of Hood River will hold a special work session to discuss various elements of the Hood River/White Salmon Bridge replacement project on Thursday, January 18, 2018 beginning at 1:30PM, in the Port conference room located at 1000 E. Port Marina Drive in Hood River.
The five-member elected Port Board of Commissioners has identified replacement of the bridge as a top priority. Oregon House Bill 2750, signed by Governor Brown in August 2017, authorized $5 million in state funding for completion of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and other pre-development tasks required as next steps to replacement. Since then, the Port has hired Kevin Greenwood as the Bridge Replacement Project Director and entered into an Interlocal Agreement with the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) authorizing the RTC to manage the search for an engineering firm to complete the FEIS. The FEIS process is expected to take 2-3 years.
House Bill 2750 also clarified the Port’s authority to enter into public-private partnerships to finance and construct the new bridge, once Administrative Rules, substantially similar to those governing ODOT’s Innovative Partnerships Program, are in place. Those rules are currently in draft form and are expected to be adopted by the Commission in March of 2018. The purpose of the January 18 work session is for the Commission to take an in-depth look at project delivery options, including public-private partnerships, and hear from a panel of experts on typical timelines, model projects, and recommendations for the Hood River/White Salmon bridge project specifically.
The panel of experts will include Lowell Clary, President, Clary Consulting Company; Phillippe Rapin, VP, Alternative Delivery Advisory at Mott MacDonald; and David Klinges, Managing Director at Piper Jaffray. The panel will discuss bridge replacement procurement options, public-private partnerships generally, traditional project delivery options and typical timelines, and other aspects of the project.
Mr. Clary has over 30 years of experience in transportation policy, administration, finance, toll road and managed-lane project development. Clary Consulting provides advisory services to governmental and private sector clients on developing transportation projects including funding options, toll projects, public-private partnerships, and transportation finance. Mr. Clary served as the Assistant Secretary of Florida Department of Transportation and led the development of the public-private partnership program and value pricing lanes in Florida.
Mr. Klinges has worked for Piper Jaffray for seven years following a 25-year career at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and Bear Stearns Companies Inc. While at Bear Stearns, Mr. Klinges led the firm’s public private ventures group, which focused on the private delivery of public infrastructure projects. In this capacity, he led the advisory and banking effort that resulted in successful initial capital markets financing of numerous transportation projects
Mr. Rapin has been with Mott MacDonald group since 2006 and is currently Vice President providing public-private partnership and procurement advisory services in the US. His experience includes over fifty public-private partnership transactions globally, ranging from $50 million – $5 billion. Mr. Rapin has expertise preparing the procurement documentation throughout the RFI, market sounding, RFQ and RFP process, the evaluation criteria and negotiations until financial close. His post financial close expertise comes via the implementation of contracts during the construction and operational phase of the projects.
The work session will feature presentations and an in-depth Q&A session with the panelists as well as summary recommendations. For more information, contact the Port of Hood River via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.