Vendor Opportunities Open Up in $107M NYC DDC AECOM Deal

Rikers Island detention facility
Rikers Island detention facility

AECOM (NYSE: ACM), has announced that the AECOM-led joint venture with Hill International has been awarded a contract valued at $107.4 million by the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) for the development of four new correctional facilities. The new borough-based facilities will be located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx and will enable the closure of the Rikers Island Correctional Facility.

“DDC will soon face a pressing need for contractors and subcontractors of all types to complete the borough-based jail’s program for New York,” said Commissioner Lorraine 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:

This contract award marks a significant milestone in innovative infrastructure procurement as the City of New York’s first ever design-build program. AECOM-Hill, as Program Management Consultants, will work directly with DDC to structure the procurement, develop the program requirements, and manage four separate design-build teams, one for each of the new borough-based facilities, through the completion of this multi-billion capital program.

“We’re humbled to support DDC and the City of New York on this first-of-its-kind transformative design-build program,” said Steve Morriss, AECOM’s president of its Design and Consulting Services group in the Americas. “A project like this was made for AECOM’s unique strengths in the design-build space and we look forward to starting this important work to deliver on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s justice reform vision.”

The AECOM-Hill partnership brings a powerful combination of expertise to this project, marrying Hill’s in-depth risk and project management insight with AECOM’s extensive design-build, program management, and correctional sector experience, helping the city reduce the time and effort normally required to bring a complex program of this scale to fruition.

The creation of these new, state-of-the-art, borough-based facilities will enable New York City to make considerable improvements for people in detention, their visiting families and the NYC Department of Correction employees. Each new facility will integrate health, educational and re-entry programs, as well as community space.