US Army Corps of Engineers

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Civil Works Public Private Partnerships Pilot Program

Public private partnerships (P3) are a tool that can accelerate delivery by providing significant upfront funding, leveraging appropriations while optimizing local participation, and promoting risk sharing in project delivery.  Utilizing P3 can streamline delivery, share risk, and provide significant life-cycle cost savings.   The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works has directed USACE to establish a public private partnership (P3) pilot program with the goal of demonstrating the viability of new delivery methods that significantly reduce the cost and time of project delivery.  The Director of Civil Works signed implementation guidance for the P3 pilot program in January 2019.  USACE is to identify up to 10 additional P3 pilot projects and provide guidance on the screening and selection criteria along with how the USACE Civil Works budget should be allocated to P3 projects.  USACE P3 policy encourages innovation and can be an important delivery tool for USACE and project sponsors.  USACE is pursuing a public private partnership (P3) pilot program to accelerate project delivery in a constrained fiscal environment.  The P3 pilot program is part of the Revolutionize USACE Civil Works initiative to expedite delivery of our nation's infrastructure by synchronizing actions, developing new tools, and streamlining activities.

2019 Request for Information

The February 1, 2019, Federal Register request for information on conceptual Public-Private Partnership (P3) delivery of specific USACE Civil Works projects closed on April 2.  USACE received eight project-specific proposals which are listed below by region. USACE is evaluating these proposals to determine possible next steps for these conceptual pilot projects.

Great Lakes and Ohio River Division:
Chicago Maritime Museum & Visitor Center (CMMVC)
New Soo Lock Construction

Mississippi Valley Division:
Arcadia, Wisconsin Flood Risk Management Study
Morganza to the Gulf of Mexico (MTG), Louisiana Project

North Atlantic Division:
Cape Cod Canal Highway Bridges, Cape Cod Canal Federal Navigation Project

Northwestern Division:  None

Pacific Ocean Division:  None

South Atlantic Division:  None

South Pacific Division:
LA River P3 Pilot Concept

Southwestern Division:
Brazos Island Harbor (“BIH”) Channel Improvement Project, Texas
Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay (S2G) Coastal Storm Risk Management (CSRM) Project

Frequently Asked Questions

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A - A list of authorized and unconstructed projects can be found here.  This list includes projects authorized by Congress that have not been completed, some are ongoing. Items in the "Purpose" column generally represent the following:  "E" - Environmental, "F" - Flood Risk Reduction and "N" - Navigation.  This list represents a snapshot in time, as of 3 May 2019, and is subject to change.

Stakeholder Webinars

The USACE Infrastructure Team hosted stakeholder webinars in February 2019 to discuss the request for information related to conceptual P3 pilot projects.  The slides for the webinars can be found here.  USACE previously held webinars in December to discuss the P3 pilot program.  The slides for these webinars can be found here.



Questions on the USACE Civil Works P3 pilot program relevant to the USACE may be submitted electronically to: