Miami-Dade County

Selection committee ranks firms for Miami-Dade sewer-repairs contract

A selection committee on Thursday ranked the two firms vying for a coveted Miami-Dade County sewer-repairs contract, and a different company came out on top than the last time around.

The new committee gave the first-place ranking to AECOM Technical Services as the construction manager to oversee $1.6 billion in federally mandated fixes to the county’s deteriorated sewer lines.

The ranking now goes to Mayor Carlos Gimenez for his consideration. County commissioners will make the final award decision.

An earlier committee had selected CH2M Hill. But Gimenez called for a re-do of the rankings, with new committee members, due to irregularities in the process.

In the first round, CH2M filed an initial proposal, reviewed AECOM’s bid and then submitted hundreds of pages in additional materials directly to committee members.

The submission was permissible, the county’s ethics chief and interim inspector general concluded, but only because a flawed Miami-Dade document didn’t explicitly prohibit it. Gimenez said he didn’t want a tainted process, so he called for the new rankings.

“We won fair and square,” Miguel De Grandy, an attorney and lobbyist for AECOM, said Thursday.

John Corsi, CH2M’s director of public relations, said Gimenez should consider his firm’s prior high ranking and other qualifications.

“CH2M Hill has ten times more experience managing similar wastewater programs across the country than AECOM, including a long track record of success in Miami-Dade County,” he wrote in a statement.

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