Company that offered best financial package chosen to rebuild interchange at Ga. 400/I-285

By David Pendered

North Perimeter Contractors came in with the hands-down best financial proposal of the four companies vying to be selected to rebuild the interchange at Ga. 400 and I-285 – and this appears to be the reason the state selected the company.

The expanded LBJ Freeway, in Dallas, was opened in September and built by the same lead contractor named to rebuild the interchange at Ga. 400 and I-285. Credit:

The expanded LBJ Freeway, in Dallas, was opened in September and built by the same lead contractor named to rebuild the interchange at Ga. 400 and I-285. Credit:

North Perimeter’s bid appears to have shaved $421 million off a total projected construction/finance cost of $1.1 billion. The company’s proposal envisions the project being built at a total construction/finance cost of $679 million.

“This is a great example of a Public Private Partnership bringing value to the citizens of Georgia by letting private sector innovation and financing build a better project,” Russell McMurry, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation, said in a statement.

The selection was weighted 80 percent on price, and 20 percent on technical capabilities, according to GDOT. Technical capabilities include project management, traffic management, schedule, and disadvantaged business involvement.

North Perimeter scored an 800 on the ranking for the “financial proposal score.” No competitor came close, according to the “Rankings and Best Value Determination” sheet released by GDOT.

AWH Roadbuilders, LLC. placed second in the financial category with a score of 544.87. Coming in third was Dragados/Flatiron/Prince, LLC., with a score of 508.87. SBB 285-400 Partners, LLC. ranked last, with a score of 469.8.

ga 400 : i-285, king queen building

The reconstruction of the interchange of Ga 400 and I-285 will affect this view, looking north along Ga. 400 toward the King and Queen buildings, which are just north of I-285. Credit:

In the category of, “technical proposal score,” North Perimeter came in third, with a score of 142.64. SBB 285-400 Partners, LLC. placed first, with a technical score of 154.32.

AWH Roadbuilders, LLC. placed third, with a score of 150.81. Dragados/Flatiron/Prince, LLC. was ranked fourth, with a score of 137.25.

GDOT did not release further information about the rankings, saying the project is in “active procurement” until the contract is signed next year. This posture limits the release of information, according to GDOT.

Technically, North Perimeter Contractors has not won the bid. The GDOT board named the company the “apparent best value development partner.”

As such, GDOT will conduct further negotiations exclusively with North Perimeter with the objective of signing a contract in January, according to the schedule. Construction is to being in summer 2016.

In addition, technically, GDOT won’t sign the contract with the winning vendor. The State Road and Tollway Authority will sign the contract, according to a resolution the GDOT board approved June 18. GDOT will manage the project and act as SRTA’s agent.

North Perimeter Contractors is a joint venture comprised of Ferrovial Agroman US Corp. as lead contractor and The Louis Berger Group and Neel-Schaffer, Inc. as lead designers, according to GDOT.

This is how GDOT’s statement described the financial picture:

  • “The original valuation of the 285/400 Reconstruction Project anticipated a total cost of $1.1 billion; however, through the competitiveness and resourcefulness possible with a P3 procurement, the bid of North Perimeter Contractors was $460 million. The reduced costs of design, construction and financing now place the current total project estimate including: preliminary design; environmental approval; right of way acquisition; oversight roles; final design; construction; finance charges; utility relocations; construction engineering and inspection (CEI); and bonding and insurance at $679 million. The project will be funded through a combination of federal, state, Perimeter CIDs, and private sector funds provided by North Perimeter Contractors.”


David Pendered, Managing Editor, is an Atlanta journalist with more than 30 years experience reporting on the region’s urban affairs, from Atlanta City Hall to the state Capitol. Since 2008, he has written for print and digital publications, and advised on media and governmental affairs. Previously, he spent more than 26 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won awards for his coverage of schools and urban development. David graduated from North Carolina State University and was a Western Knight Center Fellow. David was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina and is married to a fifth-generation Atlantan.

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