The Flood Diversion Board of Authority authorized the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) this afternoon. The RFQ invites respondents to submit their qualifications to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the Public-Private Partnership (P3) portion of the FM Area Diversion Project.

Qualifications documents must be submitted by interested firms by 4 p.m. (Central Time) September 14, 2016.

“The RFQ process helps us ensure we have well-qualified companies we can work with, that provide the level of quality and value we desire,” Darrell Vanyo, Chair of the Flood Diversion Board of Authority said. “This is a very complex project and we are going to be reviewing the submittals very carefully before we begin the final procurement stage. The final stage will ultimately result in a significant contract with the right P3 firm.”

Last September, a Notice of Intent was issued by the Diversion Board of Authority, officially announcing how the Project was anticipated to be constructed. The Project will utilize a split delivery approach. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will use traditional design-bid-build methods for construction of the Southern Embankment and the Diversion Authority will use a P3 approach for the Diversion Channel. The Diversion Authority has hosted two well-attended Industry Days for interested firms.

“Given the level of interest we saw in the Project during the Industry Days, I’m confident we will have many excellent firms submitting their qualifications,” Tim Mahoney, Mayor of Fargo, said. “This is an exciting project because it’s the first P3 project the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has ever participated in. The Diversion Project will set the new standard for how large public works projects are completed around the country.”

After qualifications submittals have been received and reviewed, the Diversion Board of Authority will create a short list of several qualifying firms and issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to those firms.

Read the RFQ.