Ron Watrous 757-925-1660
May 12, 2014
VDOT HOSTS INFORMATION DAY, SEEKS SOLUTIONS FOR NEW CONSOLIDATED DISTRICT CAMPUS
HAMPTON ROADS – More than 20 private firms met with staff members from the Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships (OTP3), the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Hampton Roads District, and City of Suffolk on Thursday, May 8 to learn about requirements for relocating the Hampton Roads District office and consolidating two other VDOT facilities into a new, consolidated campus.
The event offered representatives from private industries an overview of the Request For Information (RFI) issued April 15, a tour of the current district office grounds and the adjoining parcel formerly belonging to the Obici Hospital. The RFI serves to provide information to advance evaluation of potential options for development, financing, procurement and delivery of the Project.
“We are very excited about the high amount of interest,” said John F. Jacobs, District Maintenance Engineer, who explained the strategic objectives during the presentation.
“Consolidating other transportation elements and possibly elements of Virginia State Police Division 5 and the 911 Call Center would improve our overall regional effectiveness,” Jacobs said.
The first priority during the RFI comment period is identifying a suitable location for the consolidated campus.
“There are no set solutions,” said James Loftus, project lead from OTP3, during the presentation. “While the RFI offers an example of a possible location in North Suffolk near College Drive, we don’t yet know if the site will meet our needs.”
Loftus stressed that all location, funding and development solutions are “on-the-table” during the comment period, which will end June 16, 2014.
“Developers and municipalities within the district are limited only by their own creativity during the RFI stage,” Loftus explained. “All options for VDOT to own, lease, or lease to own the new campus are fair game, but proposals should explain the reasoning and benefits for the option presented.”
Loftus stressed that private partners are not required to submit under the RFI or have attended the information meeting to participate later, however.
“You don’t have to submit solutions during the RFI period in order to participate later,” Loftus said, “but submissions to the RFI will help inform the process moving forward.”
To submit solutions and potential ideas to the RFI, please contact Mr. Loftus at: James.Loftus@VDOT.Virginia.gov.
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