(Anchorage) - Senator Linda Menard and Representative Mark Neuman are welcoming news today that the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority (KABATA) has received Statements of Qualifications from six development teams that want to partner with the state to build the Knik Arm Crossing.
The fact that we received six SOQ is a good indication of the interest and viability of this project.
~ Rep. Mark Neuman
"The number of responses shows the high interest in the Knik Arm Crossing project," Sen. Menard said. "This is one of the top public-private partnership endeavors in the United States, and Alaska is witnessing history."
"The fact that we received six SOQ is a good indication of the interest and viability of this project," said Rep. Neuman. "I am impressed by the groups who have expressed an interest; it shows we have done our homework."
The Knik Arm Crossing will be built using a public-private partnership (P3) model. Under this approach, the state partners with a private sector company that is responsible for financing, designing, building, operating and maintaining the bridge for a period of time. The state's end of the deal is to make periodic availability payments to the private partner so long as the partner meets the specific terms of the contract. Senator Menard and Rep. Neuman have sponsored companion bills, Senate Bill 80 and House Bill 158, which are critical to the process. They are currently awaiting approval in the Senate and House Finance committees.
KABATA will now evaluate and rank the statements to produce a short list of three teams that will be asked to take part in the Request for Proposal process. That process should begin early 2012.
The Knik Arm Crossing project, according to professional polling, enjoys wide support among Alaskans. It is the only "mega project" that is ready to go in the state, and has a federal "build" Record of Decision and a "No-Jeopardy" determination for the Beluga whales.
The bridge will also be the most significant infrastructure investment in Alaska in decades. The bridge will spur economic development on the west side of Cook Inlet all the way to the Interior by creating an alternative route to Anchorage. The lane miles will also be added to the National Highway System.
"The Knik Arm Crossing is truly a bridge of statewide significance," said Sen Menard.
Groups from across the globe made up the six that submitted statements. They are:
Knik Bridge Partners
Bechtel Enterprises Holdings
CSEC Holding Company, Inc.
China State Construction International Holdings, Ltd
Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation
CCA Civil, Inc.
Finley Civil Engineering Group, Inc.
Hanson Alaska LLC
Roy Jorgenson Associates, Inc.
Cook Inlet Passage Partners
Meridiam USA III, LLC
Meridiam Infrastructure North America Corporation
Meridiam Infrastructure North America Fund II AIV, LP
Meridiam Infrastructure North America Fund II, LP
Meridiam Infrastructure North America Fund II (Domestic), LP
Kiewit Development Company
Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.
Manson Construction Co.
VMS Inc. dba Transfield Services North America, Transportation Infrastructure
Parsons Transportation Group Inc.
Golder Associates Inc.
Dan Brown and Associates, PLLC
BMT Fleet Technologies
KPMG Corporate Finance LLC
Plenary Roads Alaska
Plenary Group USA Ltd.
John Laing Investments Limited
PCL Civil Constructors, Inc.
Granite Construction Company
H.W. Lochner, Inc.
MMM Group Limited
Michael Baker, Jr., Inc.
T.Y. Lin International
Shaw Environmental, Inc.
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Deutsche Bank AG
Alaska Infrastructure Access Partners
Infrared Capital Partners Limited
Colaska Inc. dba QAP
Weeks Marine, Inc.
URS Alaska, LLC
Moffatt & Nichol, Inc.
R&M Consultants, Inc.
Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc.
Cintra Infraestructuras S.A.
Cintra Infraestructuras S.A.
Ferrovial Agroman S.A.
Orion Marine Contractors, Inc.
Anchor QEA, LLC
North Star Mobility Group
HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions North America, Inc.
ACS Infrastructure Development, Inc.
ACS Servicios y Concessiones, S.L.
Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras, S.A.
Flatiron Constructors, Inc.
Dragados USA, Inc.
Traylor Bros., Inc.
CH2M Hill Engineers, Inc.
Alaska Interstate Construction LLC