FAIRFAX, Va (Nov. 24, 2014) – Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB) announced today that it has been assisting the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA) in Pensacola, FL, and Escambia County with the development of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to select an experienced contractor to provide the design, permitting, financing, construction, and long-term operation of a source separated recyclables and solid waste processing plant to be located in Escambia County. The ECUA has issued the RFQ, which is available on their website: www.ecua.fl.gov.
Statements of Qualifications are due on December 18, 2014, after which a shortlist of qualified firms will be interviewed, followed by detailed negotiations of a Service Agreement with a selected firm. Commercial operations of the facility are slated to begin within 24 months of signing the Service Agreement with the selected contractor, which is scheduled to take place during the first quarter of 2015.
“Procurements are not without challenges, especially when it involves technologies, and we’re excited to work in partnership with the ECUA and the County to provide expertise, as we’ve done for other past projects,” said Bob Brickner, GBB Executive Vice President.
“We’re providing contractors the opportunity to showcase their capability and experience to creatively address the needs of ECUA and the County, and we expect to evaluate responses that incorporate new technologies that have been successfully demonstrated elsewhere,” noted Randy Rudd, ECUA’s Project Manager and Deputy Executive Director of Shared Services.
Mr. Brickner noted that “the primary objective of the procurement is to identify a shortlist of qualified contractors, negotiate term sheets with each, and then select the most appropriate private contractor to negotiate a minimum 20-year Service Agreement. Both the ECUA and the County will each guarantee 100,000 tons per year of feedstock to the project.”
The private contractor would complete the detailed design, permitting, financing, equipment supply and installation, site and building construction, start-up, testing, and long-term operation of a turnkey facility to serve the needs of the entire County. ECUA and the County will provide the Contractor with single stream recyclables and MSW as feedstocks from its internal operations. Other locally generated feedstocks in the region not controlled by either the ECUA or County may also be available. Depending upon the technology proposed, the ECUA could also be a customer for biogas produced by the project.
GBB is a national solid waste management consulting firm founded in 1980 that works on solid waste collection, processing, recycling, and disposal issues and assists in planning, procuring, and implementing sound, cost-effective facilities and services at the local, state, and national levels for both the public and private sectors. For more information on the firm and its products and services, visit www.gbbinc.com, www.linkedin.com/company/gershman-brickner-&-bratton-inc., www.facebook.com/gbbinc, or call 703-573-5800.