Tappan Zee Qualified Bidders Named

The New York State Thruway Authority and the New York State Department of Transportation on Tuesday released the list of qualified competitive bidders for the new Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing Project. Statements of Qualification were received from five design-build consortiums, and four internationally known groups were deemed qualified after a thorough multi-agency technical review. The qualified firms will have an opportunity to bid on the design and construction contract for the replacement bridge. A request for proposals for the redesigned Tappan Zee Bridge is expected to be issued to the bidders in the coming weeks.

The qualified consortiums include:

Hudson River Bridge Constructors (a group including Dragados USA, Inc., Flatiron Constructors, Inc., Samsung C&T, E&C Americas, Inc., and Yonkers Contracting Company, Inc.)

Kiewit-Skanska-Weeks Joint Venture (Kiewit Infrastructure Co., Skanska USA Civil Northeast Inc., and Weeks Marine, Inc.)

Tappan Zee Bridge Partners, a Bechtel/Tutor Perini Joint Venture (Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation and Tutor Perini Corporation)

Tappan Zee Constructors (Fluor Enterprises, Inc., American Bridge Company, Granite Construction Northeast, Inc., and Traylor Bros., Inc.)

After Design-Build proposals are submitted and reviewed, one of the four short-listed consortiums will be selected later this year to construct the new bridge. Under the “Design-Build” process authorized by the New York State legislature last year, the private sector competes to offer the most innovative, cost effective designs for the new bridge. Rather than the state mandating a specific bridge design and construction method, qualified firms compete to bring cutting edge ideas and technology for the replacement bridge. The design-build process permits an expedited construction schedule compared to traditional state contracting, and offers significant cost savings with less risk to state taxpayers of design changes and resulting cost overruns.

The evaluation of bidder qualifications was conducted by Technical Evaluation Teams drawn from the State Department of Transportation, the Thruway Authority, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Federal Highway Administration. Forty seven career technical experts in procurement, engineering, environmental analysis, law and finance analyzed the submissions according to criteria including:

* Experience in projects of this scale;

* Past performance with a record of quality and completion of projects within budget;

* Project understanding and ability to undertake specific risks related to design-build construction;

* Organization capabilities;

* Key personnel who have successfully managed all aspects of similar projects;

* Environmental compliance;

* Financial capability; and

* Bonding capacity.