EDA starts process on Wind Port project with RFQ for construction manager

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has issued a Request for Qualifications for construction management services at the planned New Jersey Wind Port manufacturing facility in Lower Alloways Creek Township.

The project, heralded as creating up to 1,500 jobs and estimated to cost between $300 million and $400 million over two phases, was announced in June.

The EDA said the project will be subject to a union Project Labor Agreement and has a goal of awarding 15% of the contract value to minority-, women- or veteran-owned subcontractors and suppliers.

“Offshore wind is a rapidly growing industry, and a wave of major projects is already planned along the East Coast,” EDA CEO Tim Sullivan said in a prepared statement. “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.

“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 construction manager will perform both preconstruction and construction services on the EDA’s proposed design, the EDA said.

Click here for the RFQ. Questions must be submitted to QARED@njeda.com by 11 a.m. Dec. 16 and responses are due by 1 p.m. Jan. 5, 2021.

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