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 and identified four projects for further development and validation. Development and validation will explore how P3 delivery compares to traditional project delivery and identify any obstacles to implementation as a P3. This development and validation phase will take 6-24 month depending on specific project details. Three projects remain under consideration and are: