On Friday, March 22nd, MTBMA had the pleasure of offering a half a day program to the contractor community discussing the rationale, the scope and the constraints to the development of principles that could guide the transformation of current PPP models to make them more fit for sustainable development goals. We had around 80 attendees which pulled in many types of industry representatives in areas of contracting, consulting, engineering, design-build, legal, project controlling including CPM scheduling, cost and risk management.
Kicking off the event, we had the opportunity to hear from MDOT leadership. Secretary Pete Rahn spoke to the group followed by the director, Lisa Choplin and deputy director, Jeff Folden with the SHA I-495 & I-270 P3 Office. We were briefed on the project updates and the speakers gave the audience the opportunity for a Q & A segment.
The last two sessions for the event were both presented in a panel format. The first panel included, Ananth Prasad, President, Florida Transportation Builders Association, Inc., Bob Latham, Executive Vice President, Associated Pennsylvania Constructors and Jeff Southard, Executive Vice President, Virginia Transposition Construction Alliance. These gentlemen concentrated on industry P3 experiences intheir corresponding states. Bob, Ananth and Jeff went into detail regarding what they have dealt with and/or are currently dealing with in their P3 setup and project’spayout, development process and what made their P3 successful. They also shared their state’s P3 business had primarily went to their state/local contractors, but that initially, much hesitation to participate on these projects had occurred from not being familiar with working with an international concessionaire versus being used to dealing with their state’s DOT.
The second panel included, Jack Ford, Beaver Excavating (Ohio), Chuck Wall, Partner, Public Private Partnerships & Infrastructure Development, Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Jennifer Aument, President, North America, Transurban. These three panelists concentrated on their experiences with P3 projects and how regional contractors can get involved. Attendees heard about how P3 jobs are structured, how concessionaires view these projects and what part they play, how to start getting involved, and the risk put onto contractors.
The panel sessions were filled with knowledgeable speakers and a very attentive crowd. Both panels received great questions from the audience and the moderators, Rich Juliano, Senior VP for Policy; Managing Director, Contractors & P3 Divisions at ARTBA and Tom Heil, P.E., Design Build Project Manager, Allan Myers MDhelped to make sure the attendees received the most important information in the short amount of time we had.
MTBMA looks forward to continuing their efforts to keeping the industry up-to-date and well informed; helping their business remain productive and prepared for what is to come for the state of Maryland and it’s transportation plans.
Jeff Folden, Deputy Director, MDOT SHA I-495 & I-270 P3 Office
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