PuebloPlex Seeks Project Manager/Property Manager

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PuebloPlex – the local redevelopment authority responsible for privatizing the soon-to-be-former Pueblo Chemical Depot – is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Project Manager/Property Manager. The successful candidate will work with PuebloPlex management to advance the Redevelopment Plan for the 15,847 acres identified as surplus by the US Army.

The position will support two phases of the PuebloPlex’s operation: 50% will be focused on current operations of the Pueblo Chemical Depot and 50% will be focused on support-related functions planning for the Pueblo Chemical Depot’s future operations. While the position is office-based, a meaningful amount of time will be spent on undeveloped land and uneven terrain across 25 square miles as well as construction sites and buildings at varying stages completion/demolition/dilapidation.

Current operations activities will include:

Establishing, maintaining, and updating computer-based real property inventory;
Assisting with the management of PuebloPlex assets which include up to 160 miles of roads, 46 miles of rail and over five million square feet of real improvements;
Developing cost estimates for capital improvement plans on buildings and equipment;
Implementing operations plans across multiple functions and disciplines on the privatizing portion of the Depot;
Participating in facilities inspections as a representative of PuebloPlex;
Helping implement revenue generation strategies to promote self-sufficiency of the PuebloPlex;
Other duties as requested by management.

Future operations activities will include:

Supporting the creation of the PuebloPlex Redevelopment Plan;
Working with stakeholders to understand Base property, including all utilities, real and personal property along with their opportunities and constraints;
Advising senior management at the PuebloPlex on Asset Management related issues;
Coordinating with Army personnel and the Accounting & Operations Manager regarding asset disposition and management;
Conducting site inspections to validate inventories. Input and update control system for retained personal property and provides expertise in personal property evaluation and management in support of the PuebloPlex;
Providing advice on the issues of real and personal property issues including Army relocation activities and regulations, and property disposition procedures;
Other duties as requested by management.

The successful candidate should be comfortable with entrepreneurial environments while appreciating that we will operate in coordination with the Army’s mission on the Depot. A background in construction, development, finance, planning, real estate or similar areas is required. Strong and demonstrable mathematical, analytical, statistical and accounting skills is also required.

The candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited institution in Business Administration, Public Administration, Engineering or related field (a Graduate Degree in Business or Public Administration is strongly preferred) and a minimum of 1-2 years of professional experience in financial analysis, project management, real estate, planning, construction management, facilities management or related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

The PuebloPlex is a drug-free workplace and is located on a US Military Installation. Pre-employment background verification and drug-screening is required.   PuebloPlex is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Résumés may be emailed to HQ@PuebloPlex.com or mailed to the following:

P.O. Box 11467

Pueblo, CO 81001

Attn: PM&PM Position

If a successful candidate is found the position recruitment timeline is estimated to be the following:

March 8 to 29, 2015 – Job Advertisement
March 30 to April 3, 2015 – Interview Candidate Selection
April 6 to 8, 2015 – Interviews Conducted
April 10, 2015 – Second Interviews (if required)
April 13 to April 17, 2015 – Candidate Selected
April 20 to April 24, 2015 – Pre-Employment Background Check/Drug Screening

Timelines are subject to change without notice, but are offered to provide prospective candidates an insight to the process and timelines for hiring.

PUEBLOPLEX SELECTS MATRIX DESIGN GROUP FOR DEPOT REDEVELOPMENT PLAN AND HOMELESS ASSISTANCE SUBMISSION

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fka PUEBLO DEPOT ACTIVITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

P.O. BOX 11467

PUEBLO, COLORADO 81001-0467

PHONE (719) 947-3770   FAX (719) 947-3775

HQ@PuebloPlex.com

 

 

Contact: Michael Clarkson                                                                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Phone: (719) 947-3770

Cell: (719) 947-3775

Email: HQ@PuebloPlex.com

 

 

PUEBLOPLEX SELECTS MATRIX DESIGN GROUP FOR DEPOT REDEVELOPMENT PLAN AND HOMELESS ASSISTANCE SUBMISSION

 

The Board of Directors for PuebloPlex has unanimously selected Colorado Springs-based Matrix Design Group to support the Pueblo community and PuebloPlex in creating a Redevelopment Plan and Homeless Assistance Submission. The Redevelopment Plan and Homeless Assistance Submission is the cornerstone of the process which transitions the soon-to-be-former Pueblo Chemical Depot to the Pueblo community. Matrix Design Group will support the project out of their office in downtown Pueblo.

 

The plan includes assessing the assets which are to be transferred from the Army, gathering community input and then determining the highest and best use which advances the PuebloPlex’s charter to promote employment and enhance the State and local tax base.

 

The Redevelopment Plan and Homeless Assistance Submission is budgeted at $700,000 of the $1,284,754 grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment. Contract negotiations will commence immediately with a goal of implementing the agreement in early February. The process is part of an 18-month grant which commenced September 1, 2014 and concludes on February 29, 2016.

 

Russell DeSalvo III, President and CEO of PuebloPlex stated, “First, we want to thank Arcadis, Burns and McDonnell and Weston Solutions for their hard work and excellent proposals to the PuebloPlex Board of Directors. We were in the enviable position of getting to choose between so many world-class organizations with whom we hope to work in the future.”

 

DeSalvo added, “Matrix Design Group’s presentation stood out for its substantial and appropriate integration of Pueblo content within the project. Most importantly, the Matrix presentation aligned well with our philosophy of treating this project more like a business startup, rather than a base closing. Its comprehensive tone resonated within the Board’s decision process.”

 

Presentations were made to the PuebloPlex Board of Directors in a public meeting on January 29, 2015. The decision occurred at a subsequent public meeting at 8 AM, on January 30, 2015.

 

For more information, please contact the PuebloPlex at 719.947.3770, or email the PuebloPlex at HQ@PuebloPlex.com.

 

Background

The Army’s Pueblo Chemical Depot was realigned in 1988 by Congress pursuant to the first Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC). The Colorado Legislature created the Pueblo Depot Activity Development Authority nka PuebloPlex in 1994 and the Department of Defense’s Office of Economic Adjustment formally recognized the Authority as the Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA) for the Depot in 1995.

 

 

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PuebloPlex Selects Three Finalists for Redevelopment Plan & Homeless Assistance Submission

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The Pueblo Depot Activity Development Authority (PDADA) nka PuebloPlex is pleased to announce the following three companies will advance to the final selection process for the Redevelopment Plan & Homeless Assistance Submission Request for Proposals.  Proposals were submitted by 12 Noon, December 31, 2014. The evaluation process was performed by local business leaders representing key stakeholder roles in Pueblo County.  From their scoring, the following are the final three respondents (in alphabetical order):
•    Burns & McDonnell
•    Matrix Design Group
•    Weston Solutions

These three companies will present to the PDADA Board of Directors on January 29, 2015, with the successful proposer selected and announced on January 30, 2015, 5 PM MST.

We thank the many companies that inquired about submitting a proposal, and particularly those which did submit a proposal.  We congratulate our three finalists.  We will be in direct contact with details on the logistics of the presentations after the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday.

The Team at PuebloPlex

PuebloPlex RFP – Open Question Forum Deadline

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PuebloPlex RFP – Open Question Forum Deadline

 

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Tuesday, 09 Dec 2014 

The deadline for submitting questions for the Open Question Forum was December 8, 2014, 5 PM MST (last night).   As of that deadline, there were no questions submitted at RFP@PuebloPlex.com. Thus, no responses will occur on December 12, 2014.  The next deadline is the submission date of December 31, 2014, 12 Noon MST, per the RFP instructions.We wish all parties the best of luck.  We look forward to hearing from you with your proposals.

Kind regards,

Michael Clarkson on behalf of the PuebloPlex Team

PuebloPlex Offers Additional Data Sets to Request for Proposal Responses

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Through our Facebook Page, Twitter and website, the PuebloPlex is offering additional information that may prove useful in response to the Request for Proposal (RFP) currently underway.

The following are meaningful datasets which may be of interest to you to help formulate your responses.  They are:

  1. Historic and/or relevant documents that are located at the following link: http://bit.ly/PuebloPlexRFPUpdates20141203
    1. Economic Impact Study Completed with Original Reuse Plan in 1999/2000;
    2. Organization Chart for the command structure of the Pueblo Chemical Depot (Army side);
    3. Notification of Interest from Cooperative Care of Pueblo;
    4. Notification of Interest from Pueblo Rescue Mission;
    5. Public Benefit Conveyance for the combined request by Colorado State Patrol, Pueblo Police and Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office;
    6. A brief (very brief) inventory of the buildings we have on our Master Lease Agreement (prior to the Addendum that is Exhibit 8 in the RFP).  It provides a high-level insight to known issues/state of repair as of the date on the document. It is used as a quick reference tool.
  2. http://bit.ly/PuebloPlexPhotosHistoricAndRecent
    1. This is a repository of all known, publicly publishable photographs on the base. Some are historical/retrospective in nature.  Some offer aerial views of the Pueblo Chemical Depot.  The photos cover specific buildings and their location is noted in the title if specifically known. There are 408 items in that DropBox location; we have tried to avoid duplicates to the best of our ability.

Thank you for your involvement to-date.

Kind regards,

The Team @ PuebloPlex

Justification Study for New BRAC Stripped out of Compromise Measure

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Justification Study for New BRAC Stripped out of Compromise Measure

Leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees struck language calling for DOD to prepare a comprehensive assessment of the need for additional base closures from the compromise versions of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill unveiled this week.

The provision, part of the House version of the annual policy bill, was viewed by analysts as the first step toward future congressional approval for a new BRAC round.

At the same time, though, the two committees acknowledged the need for the Pentagon to update the analysis of excess capacity it performed prior to the 2005 round and stated that DOD already has the authority to prepare such a study. As a result, the significance of the committees’ decision to remove the original provision may merely be to put some distance between them and any actions taken to trigger the next base closure round.

The original House language would have directed DOD to compare 20-year force structure plans for each of the services with an inventory of their installations to determine the level of excess infrastructure throughout the department. It also would have required the defense secretary to certify the need for the closure or realignment of additional installations.

In addition, the provision would have required the secretary to certify that “every recommendation for the closure or realignment of military installations in the additional round of closures and realignments will result in annual net savings for each of the military departments within six years” after the new round begins.

In striking the House provision from the final version of the authorization bill, the committees first note that elsewhere in the legislation is language that “makes clear that nothing in this act shall be construed to authorize an additional Base Realignment and Closure round,” according to the joint explanatory statement accompanying the bill.

The remainder of the statement, for the most part, makes the case for updating the department’s decade-old analysis of excess capacity.

“Due to the force structure changes and infrastructure investments and management strategies that have occurred since the 2005 BRAC round, we believe that excess infrastructure capacity assessments should be based on current infrastructure data and informed by current force structure projections,” the lawmakers state.

“We believe the Department of Defense has the authority to provide such an updated analysis but to date has not provided such an assessment.”

After noting that force structure reductions now under way could add to the existing amount of excess capacity, the committees include a comment that seems to express skepticism about the need for a new BRAC, however. “We are aware that the military departments are implementing installation management methods that may serve to diminish excess infrastructure capacity,” according to the committees’ statement.

There is every reason to believe the department will go ahead with a study of its excess infrastructure. In October, John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, said the department may launch such a study even if the House language doesn’t survive the conference report process.

“Even if it doesn’t end up in the final version, I think it’s a signal that we can go ahead and do a capacity analysis at a parametric level,” Conger told CQ. “It’s not a bad thing to have those numbers,” he said.

Conger emphasized that the study would only provide an overview of how much excess capacity exists within the military; it would not delineate where it exists. He said he hopes up-to-date information would help the Pentagon convince lawmakers of the need for a new BRAC round.

“The more information that is out there, the better,” Conger said.

PuebloPlex Issues Redevelopment Planning RFP – November 17, 2014 – 9 AM MST

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The Pueblo Depot Activity Development Authority – now known as PuebloPlex – issued a request for proposal (RFP) for Redevelopment Planning services on Monday, November 17, 2014 (9 AM MST).

As part of its duties under the Redevelopment Act for surplus property at the Pueblo Chemical Depot, thpueb_logo Twitter Covere Pueblo Depot Activity Development Authority n/k/a PuebloPlex is seeking qualified organizations through a Request for Proposal (RFP) for contractual consultant services in order to complete the Redevelopment Plan & Homeless Assistance Submission. 

This work is to be performed under a Federal Grant (Section 12.607) from the Office of Economic Adjustment (U.S. Department of Defense) for Community Economic Adjustment Assistance for Establishment, Expansion, Realignment, or Closure of a Military Installation (the Pueblo Chemical Depot).

This Grant assists State or local governments to: plan and carry out adjustment strategies; engage the private sector in order to plan and undertake community economic development and base redevelopment; and, partner with the Military Departments in response to the proposed or actual expansion, establishment, realignment or closure of a military installation by the Department of Defense (DoD).

Submission Deadline:
December 31, 2014 – 12 Noon MST
Submission Location:
Law Offices of Bethart Turner, attention Chris Turner
(See RFP for delivery instructions)

The RFP and its supporting exhibits may be only obtained electronically at the following link: http://bit.ly/PuebloPlexRFPDropBox

Qualified, interested parties who have questions should contact:
PuebloPlex – Michael J. Clarkson, Analyst and Project Manager
Building 85, Pueblo Chemical Depot
P.O. Box 11467
Pueblo, CO 81001
RFP[at]PuebloPlex[dot]com

BRAC Authority Needs Updating, Heritage Executive Says

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BRAC Authority Needs Updating, Heritage Executive Says

When Washington gets around to crafting the authority for a new round of base closures, there are a number of guidelines defense officials and lawmakers should consider, according to a recent commentary in National Interest.

The Pentagon should integrate its processes for rightsizing its infrastructure overseas and domestically, writes James Jay Carafano, vice president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

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“What the future American basing structure in Europe looks like ought to be just as important as how many bases the DOD keeps in Texas,” Carafano writes. “DOD should have an infrastructure management mechanism that seamlessly addresses both, rather than decide overseas and domestic basing needs through separate stovepipes.”

DOD’s highest priority in reviewing its infrastructure should be matching capabilities and capacity to mission needs, he says, rather than cost savings.

Carafano includes several lessons from the 2005 round in his list of recommendations. Military value criteria should account for DOD’s mission to support civilian authorities to ensure the armed forces are positioned to respond to natural disasters and support homeland security missions, he writes.

The military value criteria also should include the cost of environmental cleanup and restoration of closed or realigned facilities, a change from the criteria used in the past. “Sometimes these costs can wipe out estimated savings from shuttering facilities,” Carafano writes.

Finally, Congress and DOD should think beyond BRAC and establish “a dynamic management process that continually reviews and updates the enterprise. This partnership should focus just as much attention on reviewing long-term defense needs and investments as on cutting a base to save a dollar,” he writes.

Pentagon Likely to Conduct Study of Excess Capacity

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Pentagon Likely to Conduct Study of Excess Capacity

DOD may study the need for additional base closures even if language in the House version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill calling for a comprehensive assessment of excess infrastructure is stripped from the conference report, John Conger, acting deputy undersecretary for installations and environment, said Wednesday.

“Even if it doesn’t end up in the final version, I think it’s a signal that we can go ahead and do a capacity analysis at a parametric level,” Conger told CQ. “It’s not a bad thing to have those numbers,” he said.Budget Showdown

The bill language directs DOD to compare 20-year force structure plans for each of the services with an inventory of their installations to determine the level of excess infrastructure throughout the department. It also requires the defense secretary to certify the need for the closure or realignment of additional installations.

The provision would require the secretary to certify that “every recommendation for the closure or realignment of military installations in the additional round of closures and realignments will result in annual net savings for each of the military departments within six years” after the new round begins.

Conger said he believes the department does not need congressional approval for the study even if the House provision fall out of the final bill. In fact, the Army completed a similar analysis earlier this year.

Conger emphasized that the study would only provide an overview of how much excess capacity exists within the military; it would not delineate where it exists. He said he hopes up-to-date information would help the Pentagon convince lawmakers of the need for a new BRAC round.

“The more information that is out there, the better,” Conger said.

El Paso, Southern New Mexico JLUS Reveals Roadmap for Protecting Region’s Bases

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El Paso, Southern New Mexico JLUS Reveals Roadmap for Protecting Region’s Bases

There are a number of strategies El Paso, Texas, and communities in southern New Mexico can pursue to prevent encroachment surrounding Fort Bliss, White Sands Missile Range and Holloman AFB, according to draft results from a recently completed joint land use study (JLUS).

The most urgent strategies for ensuring compatible land uses in the region include mapping regional energy development opportunities, promoting interagency consultation on land use, promoting an integrated regional water planning process and establishing a notification process for vertical structures, Elizabeth Drake, the JLUS project manager for AECOM, told a public meeting last week in Alamogordo, N.M.

Other strategies include promoting the compatibility of state trust land, supporting conservation partnerships, increasing land use authority in El Paso County, and providing more information about regional noise impacts, reported the Alamogordo Daily News.

The JLUS, one of the largest joint land use studies ever conducted, cost about $500,000. The study area included five counties in New Mexico and El Paso County, along with communities throughout the area. The three military installations encompass more than 3.4 million acres with restricted airspace covering nearly 10,000 square miles in both New Mexico and Texas.

Drake told the audience that the leading compatibility factors for their portion of the study area — which covers Holloman and parts of Fort Bliss and White Sands — include quality of life, accommodating military related growth, water, aviation noise, towers with the potential to obstruct aviation, and coordination between the communities, agencies and the military.

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