US Army Corps of Engineers
Galveston District

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Identifies Candidates for Further Development as Part of the Civil Works Public-Private Partnership (P3) Pilot Program

Published June 20, 2019

Washington (June 21, 2019) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today that four projects have been identified  for further development and validation through the USACE Civil Works Public-Private Partnership (P3) Pilot Program.

The four identified projects are:

  • Brazos Island Harbor Channel Improvement, TX
  • LA River Ecosystem Restoration, CA
  • Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay Coastal Storm Risk Management, TX
  • Soo Locks, MI

USACE may identify one additional project for further development and validation at a future date.

USACE applied specific screening criteria to identify the four P3 pilot candidates from the eight project-specific proposals submitted in response to the Feb. 1, 2019, Federal Register Request for Information. The pilot candidates will be further developed and validated to determine their potential to become P3 pilot projects.

In support of President Donald J. Trump’s initiative on building U.S. infrastructure and the direction provided by Congress in the Fiscal 2018 Appropriations Act Conference Report, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Honorable R.D. James, directed USACE Civil Works (CW) to establish a P3 pilot program. 

The goal of the pilot program is to demonstrate the viability of new delivery methods that can significantly reduce the cost and time of project delivery.  The 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.

A P3 generally refers to a long-term contractual relationship between a public sector contracting authority and a private sector entity for the financing and delivery of public infrastructure and/or the provision of public services.  A P3 can be done as any combination of design, build, finance, operate and/or maintain.

USACE intends to issue a request for information for conceptual P3 pilot projects annually. P3 Pilot Program implementation guidance and other relevant information can be obtained on the USACE CW P3 website at https://www.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Infrastructure/Infra_P3_program/.


Release no. 19-018