Governor Ivey Announces Request for Qualifications for New Prisons
MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) recently announced the next step in the procurement process for new prisons with a Request for Qualifications (RFQ).
Participation in the RFQ phase is mandatory and requires that interested developer teams submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ), which demonstrates the team’s financial capacity and technical expertise. Responses will be due August 2, 2019.
The RFQ provides structure to protect the interests of the state of Alabama, ensuring that only qualified developer teams are permitted to participate in the proposal process. Prior to the RFQ, a request for Expressions of Interest (EOI) was released for response; however, EOI submissions are not mandatory nor obligatory for participation in the procurement process.
“It is imperative that we work tirelessly to address the long-standing challenges that plague our prisons in Alabama, and I am confident that the development of these facilities will be a major step forward,” Governor Ivey said. “These improvement efforts are an integral part of the Alabama solution that our prison system needs, and I am thrilled with the progress and anticipated trajectory of the procurement process.”
The ADOC, Department of Finance and Division of Construction Management, with support from third-party experts HPM and CGL, will evaluate the SOQs and notify those who are selected to receive the Request for Proposal (RFP). The RFP is expected to be released in the third quarter of this year. This qualification process is similar to the pre-qualification process used on many Alabama public works construction projects.
“We are proud to work closely alongside Governor Ivey to propel Alabama’s prison plan forward,” ADOC Commissioner Jeff Dunn said. “This process will inform who is selected to participate in the proposal process and bring us one step closer to breaking ground on new, sustainable facilities. In alignment with our strategic plan, the ADOC is encouraged by this continued momentum to positively impact corrections in Alabama.”
The RFQ may be accessed on the following sites:
Interested parties may submit questions to: ADOCinquiries@hpmleadership.com.
The names of the teams that respond to the RFQ and submit SOQs will be made public after the SOQs are opened. More information about the prison plan and the procurement process will be communicated from the Governor’s Office or the ADOC.
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About Alabama’s Prison Program
Alabama is revitalizing its corrections system by replacing prison facilities that pose the greatest risk to public safety, place the largest financial burdens on taxpayers, and inhibit development of programs for inmate rehabilitation. Governor Kay Ivey is leading this change, fulfilling campaign promises to improve the state’s infrastructure and reduce public safety risks. The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) is working with Alabama-based public works professionals, HPM, which has partnered with national prison and correctional system experts, CGL. These improvements are part of Alabama’s commitment to reduce overcrowding and facilitate statewide prison reform which will save money, make prisons safer, reduce recidivism and improve public safety.