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Governor Cuomo Announces Team of Artists, Technical Experts, and Community Leaders to Help Select Final Bridge Design for Tappan Zee Project

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 Albany, NY (September 19, 2012)

 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a selection review team for the new bridge to replace the Tappan Zee. The review team will include internationally renowned artists and architects, under the auspices of the New York State Council of the Arts, who will review proposed bridge designs as well as assist local community leaders and transportation experts in the evaluation process.
The artists and experts who will review the designs include: (see link for full listing/qualifications)

 • Jeffrey Koons, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
• Richard Meier, a Pritzker Prize winning architect and Gold Medal awardee for architecture from the Academy of Arts and Letters
 • Thomas P. Campbell, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
• Keith Brownlie, an internationally acclaimed bridge designer
"Another day, another big step toward building a new bridge to replace the Tappan Zee which will be stronger, safer, better as well as one which will live up to the beauty and splendor of the Hudson River," Governor Cuomo said. "For this project, we are creating a different kind of review team – it’s a team that combines technical experts, architectural experts, local experts as well as artists to ensure the new bridge is the best choice and fit for the region."
The selection process will evaluate the technical quality of the proposals in conjunction with pricing information, to identify the proposal that offers the best value to New York State. The "best value" approach, made possible by the design-build legislation enacted by Governor Cuomo last year, looks at factors such as design and long-term quality of the project to ensure that the proposal chosen meets the needs of the region, the transportation system and toll payers.
Specifically, the selection review team will be evaluating the best value of each bid based on criteria stated in the RFP, which generally include: 
 • Best price for toll payers
• Bridge structure and design
• Investment in future transit options, including BRT and rail
• Traffic management plan
• Plan for working collaboratively with community and local stakeholders
• Ability to meet strict environmental requirements
• Construction plan
• Bridge lifespan
• Geotechnical for bridge foundations
• History and experience of design-build team
The review team members will undergo rigorous procurement training before beginning the bid evaluation process as required by federal procurement law. Once the evaluation process is complete, the review team has a number of options before it sends a final recommendation to the Governor. The team can:
 • Recommend one of the three bids submitted in July
• Authorize negotiations with one or more bidders based on its submission
• Authorize a request for a best and final offer from multiple bidders.
When the review team has made its recommendation, a final formal decision will be made by the Thruway Authority, subject to the approval of its Board.