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Public-Private Partnership (P3) Higher Education Summit

02 October, 2017, San Diego

We are proud to be a platinum sponsor of the P3 Higher Education Summit, taking place Oct. 2-3 in San Diego. WSP USA’s Terry Marcellus and Bruce Rich are leading a roundtable on “Using P3s to Transform Energy Management on Campus” and Ken Beehler and Bruce Rich are on a panel on “Defining the Value in a Public-Private Partnership”. Visit us at booth #6.


We are excited to be a platinum sponsor of the P3 Higher Education Summit Oct. 2-3 in San Diego. Visit us at booth #6.


Monday, October 2nd at 11:30 AM in Grand Hall Ballroom ABC.

Table 11: Using P3 to Transform Energy Management on Campus

Terry Marcellus

Bruce Rich

Major campuses consume a lot of energy. In the context of an increasing focus on energy cost, volatility, carbon impact and security of supply, leading public and private sector campuses are transforming their energy systems by deploying innovative technical solutions and contracting approaches.  These approaches allow campuses to modernize aging systems to meet resilience and sustainability objectives, whilst reducing costs and releasing value.  This roundtable will explore examples of good practice and discuss the actions and approaches campuses can take to improve their energy outcomes through P3 type models, drawing upon experts from both the construction and P3 contract management realms.



10:15am on Tuesday, October 3rd in Grand Ballroom A 

Defining and Maximizing Value in a Public-Private Partnership

Moderator: Ken Beehler

Panelists: Bruce Rich, P.E. plus others from outside WSP

The deal structures of today are multivariable equations, not off-the-shelf deal structures that are bid on spec and valued exclusively by price.  As such, the most successful projects are implemented when an institution defines project values, creates framework that prioritizes and normalizes variables, and drives competition by providing developers with sufficient information and flexibility to be innovative.  This discussion is designed to empower institutions to become the strongest owners possible by defining project requirements, weighing delivery options against risk, and selecting a development structure that best fits their goals prior to soliciting private partners.  In many P3 projects, stakeholders are often focused on the “public” or “private” aspects of a transaction. In this session, panelists will use their technical expertise to discuss the “partnership” elements of a successful deal. This session will bring together multiple perspectives from the experiences of universities, developers, and advisors. Participants will gain insight into the processes that achieve a “win-win” for all partners involved in a P3 endeavor.