NJEDA Issues RFQ for New Jersey Wind Port Construction Manager
Project Diversity Goals Require Good-Faith Effort to Award 15 Percent of Contract Value to Women-, Minority-, or Veteran-Owned Subcontractors
TRENTON, N.J. (November 30, 2020) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today took a major step toward development of the New Jersey Wind Port, a first-of-its-kind offshore wind manufacturing and marshalling facility located in Lower Alloways Creek, by issuing a Request of Qualifications (RFQ) for Construction Management Services related to the project. In line with the NJEDA’s commitment to utilizing local union labor and setting a new standard for diversity and inclusion, the project will be subject to a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) and the RFQ includes a goal of awarding 15 percent of the total contract value to subcontractors, equipment lessors, and/or material suppliers that are minority-, women-, or veteran-owned.
The RFQ is available on the NJEDA website at NJEDA – Bidding Opportunities – Real Estate Procurement Opportunities. Responses are due by 1:00 p.m. on January 5, 2021.
“Offshore wind is a rapidly growing industry, and a wave of major projects is already planned along the East Coast. By providing purpose-built infrastructure that supports the industry’s unique needs, the New Jersey Wind Port will attract millions of dollars in investment and create thousands of good jobs for New Jersey residents,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “The RFQ issued today is an important step that moves us closer to realizing the economic and environmental benefits that an expanded offshore wind industry will bring to New Jersey, and the PLA and diversity benchmarks will ensure these benefits are available equitably to local workers and women- and minority-owned businesses.”
The New Jersey Wind Port is a first-in-the-nation infrastructure investment that will provide a location for essential staging, assembly, and manufacturing activities related to offshore wind projects on the East Coast. The Wind Port has the potential to create up to 1,500 manufacturing, assembly, and operations jobs, as well as hundreds of construction jobs in New Jersey. Manufacturing and marshalling projects supported by the Wind Port will drive economic growth in Salem County, in South Jersey, and throughout the state.
Construction of the New Jersey Wind Port is planned in two phases, beginning in 2021. Phase 1 will comprise the development of an approximately 30-acre site to accommodate marshalling activities and an approximately 35-acre Tier 1 component manufacturing site. Phase 2 adds a further 150 acres or more to accommodate expanded marshalling activities and extensive manufacturing facilities for turbine components like blades and nacelles.
The RFQ released today seeks to identify a Construction Manager at Risk (CM) for the New Jersey Wind Port project. The selected CM will perform both Pre-Construction and Construction services to execute on the NJEDA’s proposed design. The project will be subject to a Project Labor Agreement (PLA), which will help to ensure local union workers have the opportunity to work on the project and that it is completed on schedule. In line with the Authority’s goal to use the project to set a new standard for diversity and inclusion, the selected CM will be required to make a good-faith effort to ensure at least 15 percent of the contract value is subcontracted to women-, minority-, or veteran-owned businesses.
Progress toward these diversity and inclusion goals as well as the continued engagement of local South Jersey businesses and women-, minority-, and veteran-owned businesses will be informed by a New Jersey Wind Port Diversity and Local Engagement Advisory Committee. Created to increase opportunities for historically marginalized populations and local community members to participate in the New Jersey Wind Port project, the Diversity and Local Engagement Advisory Committee will provide input and thought leadership on the project and overall development of New Jersey’s offshore wind industry. The Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting before the end of 2020.
“Providing equitable access to the opportunities the New Jersey Wind Port creates is central to achieving the NJEDA’s goal of making this project a new standard for diversity and supporting Governor Murphy’s vision for a stronger, fairer New Jersey,” said NJEDA Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Michelle Bodden. “In the past, women- and minority-owned businesses, as well as other historically marginalized groups, have been left out of projects of this scope. Taking a proactive approach that prioritizes including diverse businesses during the construction phase is a first step in reversing this trend and ensuring that the Wind Port’s economic benefits are distributed fairly.”
More information and the full RFQ is available at NJEDA – Bidding Opportunities – Real Estate Procurement Opportunities. Questions regarding the RFQ must be submitted by email to QARED@njeda.com by 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. Questions and answers will be posted on the NJEDA’s website.
More information about the New Jersey Wind Port is available at https://nj.gov/windport.
About the New Jersey Economic Development Authority
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.
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