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Two finalists for massive City Dock-Hillman garage project bring familiar names to Annapolis

One of two consortiums of local, national and international firms will soon be chosen to demolish and reconstruct Hillman Garage and redevelop City Dock over the next several years.
One of two consortiums of local, national and international firms will soon be chosen to demolish and reconstruct Hillman Garage and redevelop City Dock over the next several years. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)

The two consortiums bidding on demolishing and reconstructing Hillman Garage and redeveloping City Dock are made up of Maryland, national and international companies, the city confirmed Monday.

Some of the names are familiar as players in big-dollar city construction projects. Whiting-Turner Contracting was involved in the nine-year modernization of Bancroft Hall, the massive Naval Academy dormitory. MuniCap was involved in financing Park Place on West Street and Annapolis Towne Center.

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Others are companies familiar with working in Annapolis and the surrounding area, SP+ runs parking for the city, Mahan Rykiel did the master plan for the redevelopment of Main Street and architect and urban designer Peter Fillat was involved in a now-stalled plan to build a massive hotel at City Dock.

A committee made up of City Manager David Jarrell, other city staff and outside experts met Monday in a closed meeting to discuss both proposals. The committee will choose one and then the city will start contract negotiations.

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“We’re close,” Jarrell said.

No timetable has been announced for the selection, and Jarrell said the winning group and its proposal will not be made public until negotiations are completed. No City Council approval is required to select the firm.

Annapolis Mobility and Resilience Partners, or AMRP, includes 10 companies, five of which are based in Maryland or Washington, D.C., or have offices in the region. Preston Hollow Capital is comprised of seven companies, one from Maryland, another from the District and two from Virginia.

The two groups were short-listed in December to submit a comprehensive proposal to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a new parking facility in place of the crumbling structure next to City Hall that officials say is at the end of its functioning life.

The project also included plans to redevelop City Dock, estimated to cost $50 million, most of which would go to improving infrastructure designed to cope with sea-level rise and increased flooding. The redevelopment would be paid for, in part, by a resilience authority that would issue and sell bonds. A new state law authorizing creating of the authority goes into effect Wednesday.

Four AMRP companies are based in Maryland.

They include Baltimore-based Whiting-Turner Contracting; Premium Parking, a national parking management firm that operates in Baltimore; Baltimore-based architecture firm BCT Architects; and Mahan Rykiel. The global consulting firm, Walker Consultants, has a Washington, D.C. office.

Preston Hollow Capital features Maryland-based MuniCap, Inc., a public financing consulting firm headquartered in Columbia. Fillat+ Architecture is a Washington, D.C.-based architecture firm.

SP+ Corp., a parking management company based in Illinois with locations in Maryland, is also involved. SP+ is the current parking operator for Annapolis.

City officials have pressed forward on the project despite the economic and social disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The goals outlined in the request for proposal include expanding the garage’s capacity from 425 to 700 spaces, provide other parking alternatives, and reimagine City Dock by using the consensus plan developed last year.

Each proposal will be evaluated by the committee, with members ranking each proposal, weighing certain factors, such as project understanding, approach and work plan, management approach, financing and project schedule. In-person meetings with representatives from both groups have already taken place, Jarrell said. Additional meetings may be conducted for the groups to further clarify their proposals.

“We’ve received the responses from the teams to the latest information requests, and the evaluation panel members are preparing their scoring sheets,” Jarrell said Monday. “The successful team will be the one that scores the highest on the scoring by all of the members. "

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Preston Hollow Capital has two Virginia companies: SB Ballard Construction Co. and Clark Nexsen, an engineering and architecture firm.

Here is the full list of both development groups vying for the contract:

AMRP

  • Hunt Cos., El Paso, Texas
  • James W. Sewall Cos., Maine
  • Treadwell Franklin Infrastructure, Maine
  • Walker Consultants, Washington, D.C.
  • Whiting-Turner Contracting, Baltimore
  • Premium Parking, Baltimore
  • BCT Architects, Baltimore
  • Via Transportation, Inc. New York
  • WSP Global, Inc., Montreal
  • Mahan Rykiel, Baltimore

Preston Hollow Capital

  • Provident Resources Group, Louisiana
  • SB Ballard Construction Co., Virginia
  • SP+ Corp., Illinois
  • Clark Nexsen, Virginia
  • Structured Parking Solutions, Florida
  • Fillat+ Architecture, Washington, D.C.
  • MuniCap, Inc., Columbia.

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