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NYC Department of Design and Construction Awards Program Management Contract for Borough-Based Jails

April 22, 2019

Contact: Ian Michaels, 718-391-1589,

(Long Island City, NY – April 22, 2019) Commissioner Lorraine Grillo of the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) announced today that the agency has awarded a contract for program and project management for New York City’s borough-based jails program to AECOM-Hill, a joint venture of AECOM and Hill International.

“DDC will soon face a pressing need for contractors and subcontractors of all types to complete the borough-based jails program for New York,” said Commissioner Grillo. “We strongly encourage vendors seeking to do business with the City of New York to become familiar with contracting requirements, and, if eligible, to become a New York City-certified Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise.”

New York City is undertaking a multi-billion dollar effort to construct four new jails in the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx in order to enable the closure of the City’s main jail on Rikers Island. DDC and AECOM-Hill will create four separate Design-Build management teams, one for each of the new borough-based jails. A Request for Qualifications is anticipated to be issued no earlier than December 2019.

The $107.4 million contract to AECOM-Hill includes related program management services:

  • Creation of procedures, protocols, forms and program and project manuals for all aspects of the Design-Build Program;
  • Development of procurement strategies and protocols;
  • Creation of program- and project-specific virtual document and payment control systems;
  • Preparation and management of industry outreach strategies;
  • Preparation of specifications and criteria for each Design-Build Project;
  • Monitor the Design-Build teams’ M/WBE requirements;
  • Management of the four jail projects until closeout of each; and
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control services.

Vendors seeking information about the borough-based jails program and how to do business with the City of New York are encouraged to contact the DDC’s Office of Diversity & Industry Relations at

More information about the borough-based jails program can be found on the DDC website here:

More information about how to do business with New York City and become a City-certified M/WBE can be found on the DDC website here:

About the NYC Department of Design and Construction
The Department of Design and Construction is the City’s primary capital construction project manager. In supporting Mayor de Blasio’s long-term vision of growth, sustainability, resiliency, equity and healthy living, DDC provides communities with new or renovated public buildings such as such as firehouses, libraries, police precincts, and new or upgraded roads, sewers and water mains in all five boroughs. To manage this $12 billion portfolio, DDC partners with other City agencies, architects and consultants, whose experience bring efficient, innovative and environmentally-conscious design and construction strategies to City projects. For more information, please visit