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Ann-Therese Schmid

Partner

T 202.887.1427
F 202.466.3215
1666 K Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20006

Ann-Therese Schmid focuses on procurement and contracting for alternative methods that make major highway and transit projects a reality – including design-build, construction manager at-risk, privatization, public-private partnerships (P3s) and integrated project delivery.  She also guides clients through the process of procuring and completing projects in the water/wastewater, energy and military infrastructure fields. 

Ms. Schmid offers deep background with federal regulatory compliance including Buy America and is a recognized leader in transportation and transit legislation and public policy.

Before joining Nossaman, she was a partner in the public policy and regulation practice group of an Am Law 100 firm, counseling public and private sector clients across the nation on transportation policy, regulatory matters, infrastructure projects and procurement issues.

Representative Work

  • Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development – I-10: Highland to LA 73 Design-Build Project.  Leader of the legal team advising on a design-build project to widen Interstate-10 from Highland Road to LA 73, adding critical capacity to the corridor between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, LA.   Ms. Schmid facilitated a procurement strategy session to help the transportation agency develop its procurement process, contract documents and risk profile and will continue to advise the client on procurement and contracting issues throughout the procurement process.
  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority – Green Line Extension Project.  Key member of the legal team advising on $2-3 billion 5-mile extensions of the Green Line light rail service from a relocated Lechmere Station in East Cambridge to Union Square in Somerville and College Avenue in Medford.  The transportation agency has retained the Firm to examine the deployed construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC) delivery method, consider alternatives and make recommendations on the optimal delivery method going forward.  The agency terminated several of its existing contracts in December 2015 and is considering its options for the project.
  • Texas Department of Transportation – Grand Parkway, Segments H, I-1 and I-2.  Key member of the legal team advising on a $1 billion, 52-mile portion of the Grand Parkway (SH 99).  Nossaman is owner’s counsel for the design-build and long-term capital maintenance contracts for segments H, I-1 and I-2.  The contract is under procurement.  The 11-segment Grand Parkway, a proposed 184-mile tolled network to improve mobility around the Houston Metro area, will be the largest beltway in the U.S. when complete.  Ms. Schmid participated in the evaluation and short-list processes, developed procurement documents and design-build and comprehensive maintenance agreements, and participated in pre-proposal meetings. 
  • Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development/Louisiana Transportation Authority – P3 Structure.  Leader of the legal team advising on legislation, policies, guidelines and proposed project submissions under the P3 model.  Ms. Schmid guided the agency through its review of the first unsolicited proposal received for a transportation project under the Louisiana Transportation Authority Act.
  • Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development – US 90/LA 318 Interchange.  Leader of the legal team advising on a $60 million design-build project to add an interchange at the intersection of US 90 (Future I-49) and LA 318, improving traffic flow through southern Louisiana.   Ms. Schmid facilitated a procurement strategy session to help the transportation agency develop its procurement process, contract documents and risk profile and drafted an NOI, RFQ and draft and final RFPs.  She also participated in pre-proposal dialogues including one-on-one meetings and Alternative Technical Concept reviews; conducted the evaluation and short-list and evaluation and selection processes; and drafted, conformed and executed the contract documents.  The project, awarded to Gilchrist Construction Company LLC, is scheduled for completion in July 2017.
  • Maryland Transit Administration and Maryland Department of Transportation – Purple Line Light Rail.  Key member of the legal team that advised on an approximately $2 billion (capital cost) light rail system that will significantly ease travel between the Maryland suburbs and Washington, D.C.  The Purple Line Light Rail system will run 16.2 miles in the Washington, D.C. suburbs between Bethesda and New Carrollton with 21 new stations along the route.  It is designed to provide a direct link to the Metrorail Red, Green and Orange lines and connect to the MARC train, Amtrak and local bus services.  In July 2014, MTA issued the final RFP for an availability payment concession to shortlisted teams on the DBFOM project.  Proposals were received in late 2015 and, in March 2016, the agencies selected a consortium led by Fluor and Meridiam.  The project reached commercial close in April 2016 and financial close in June 2016.  Construction is expected to begin in 2017 and the project is expected to open in spring 2022.  The rail system’s financing plan includes an $874 million TIFIA loan, $313 million in PABs, $138 million in private equity and approximately $900 million in anticipated federal “New Starts” funding.  Maryland taxpayers will save more than $550 million over the 36-year contract term from the original bid amounts, due to rate and credit spread risk sharing under the P3 agreement.  The PABS utilized on the project were sold at the lowest interest rates ever achieved in the U.S. P3 market.  In 2016, the project earned a P3 Bulletin “Gold Award” for Best Transit and Aviation Project.  Ms. Schmid has helped develop procurement and contract documents, focusing particularly on compliance with federal requirements.
  • Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development – I-49.  Leader of the legal team that advised the agency on a $57.1 million design-build procurement for the new I-49 project in Lafayette Parish.  The project will widen US 90 to six lanes and potentially add several miles of frontage roads and overpasses along the US 90/I-49 South corridor – easing traffic and boosting tourism and the local economy.  Ms. Schmid facilitated a procurement strategy session that helped the transportation agency develop its procurement process, contract documents and risk profile; drafted an NOI, RFQ and draft and final RFPs; and participated in pre-proposal dialogues including one-on-one meetings and Alternate Technical Concept reviews.  She also conducted the evaluation and short-list and evaluation and selection processes and drafted, conformed and executed the contract.  
  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority – Operations and Maintenance Contractor.  Member of the legal team that advised the agency on procurement of a new Operations and Maintenance contractor for the nation’s fifth-largest commuter rail system.  The system is the largest to be contracted out for private operations.  Ms. Schmid led the process of drafting procurement documents including public notices and RFQ and RFP documents, as well as ensuring compliance with Federal Transit Administration requirements. 
  • Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development – Crescent City Connection.  Leader of the legal team that advised on privatization of the Crescent City Connection Division ferry service, the fourth largest ferry operation in the United States.  Ms. Schmid’s services included advising on all aspects of the privatization including reviewing relevant legislation during the 2012 Regular Legislative Session of the Louisiana State Legislature; drafting an RFI to the market and summarizing responses; writing multiple public notices; and preparing an RFP and draft contract documents. 
  • Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development – I-12 Widening Projects.  Leader of the legal team that advised on two design-build projects in the Baton Rouge region: the approximately $100 million  I-12 widening project in East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parishes, and the separate, approximately $37 million I-12 widening project in Livingston Parish.  Ms. Schmid’s services included drafting an RFP, participating in pre-proposal dialogues including one-on-one meetings, conducting evaluation and selection processes, and drafting, conforming and executing contract documents.
  • Louisiana TIMED Managers – Major Structures.  Leader of the legal team that advised the client, a consultant and agent of the LA DOTD, in the Louisiana transportation industry’s first design-build procurement: the $391 million John James Audubon Bridge.  At the time, this Mississippi River crossing was the longest continuous cable-stayed structure in the Western Hemisphere.  Ms. Schmid drafted design-build legislation, assisted in a procurement strategy workshop and risk analysis, prepared an NOI and drafted procurement and contract documents including an RFQ and Scope of Services Package (equivalent of an RFP).  She also facilitated the evaluation of SOQs and proposals, prepared contract documents for execution and advised on claims avoidance and contract administration audits.  In addition, she helped draft provisions of the superstructure contract for the Huey P. Long railroad bridge – the longest and highest structure of its type in the U.S.  This 80-year-old bridge was widened after Hurricane Katrina to boost capacity.
  • Utah Military Installation Development Authority – A/E and CM/GC Procurements.  Leader of the legal team that advised the Authority on an architecture/engineering (A/E) procurement and four CM/GC procurements involving energy and water/wastewater infrastructure related to a military installation.  Ms. Schmid drafted public notices, prepared RFPs, facilitated evaluation and selection processes and led negotiations for each of the contracts.
  • Utah Transit Authority – Master Developer.  Leader of the legal team that assisted the transit agency in soliciting a master developer for a number of parcels that were available for transit-oriented development (TOD), and a number of parcels that were developable, but not eligible for TOD under Federal Transit Administration guidance.
  • Utah Transit Authority – Sugar House Streetcar Line (S-Line).   Leader of the legal team that assisted the transportation agency in creating a project delivery strategy and a CM/GC RFP for its first streetcar line – the two-mile, seven-station Sugar House Streetcar.  The $55 million line, a joint project between UTA, Salt Lake City and South Salt Lake, opened for service in December 2013 in the city’s historic Sugar House neighborhood, linking to UTA’s pre-existing TRAX light rail transit system.  Funding included $26 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) money.
  • Utah Transit Authority – Draper TRAX Line (Blue Line).  Leader of the legal team that advised the transportation agency in connection with a $193.6 million, 3.8-mile light rail transit extension that was part of the $2.85 billion FrontLines 2015 Program.  Ms. Schmid advised on a strategy session that helped the agency develop a procurement process for each of the program’s transit lines based on risk profile, and drafted design-build procurement documents including an NOI, RFQ and RFP.  She also participated in pre-proposal dialogues including one-on-one meetings, conducted the evaluation and short-list and evaluation and selection processes, and drafted, conformed and executed the contract documents.  With three new stations, the Draper TRAX Line extended the original Blue Line (formerly North-South TRAX Line) built for the 2002 Olympics.  The project, which opened in August 2013, completed the FrontLines 2015 Program. 
  • Utah Transit Authority – Airport TRAX Line (Green Line).  Leader of the legal team that advised the transportation agency in connection with a $393 million, six-mile light rail transit extension that was part of the $2.85 billion FrontLines 2015 Program.  Ms. Schmid advised on the CM/GC contract, including facilitating the strategy session that helped the agency develop a procurement process for each of the program’s transit lines based on risk profile; drafting the RFP, and advancing the procurement and evaluation and selection process.  The six-station Airport TRAX Line, which opened in April 2013, connects to the Salt Lake City International Airport and links to Amtrak regional rail, Greyhound buses and the FrontRunner commuter rail at the Salt Lake City Intermodal Hub.  It included an innovative alliancing for demolition and construction of the North Temple Viaduct between the designer, CM/GC, UTA, Salt Lake City, Union Pacific Railroad and other stakeholders. 
  • Utah Transit Authority – Salt Lake to Provo Commuter Rail (FrontRunner South). Leader of the legal team that advised the transportation agency in connection with an $850 million, 44-mile commuter rail extension that was part of the $2.85 billion FrontLines 2015 Program.  Ms. Schmid assisted with procurement of the CM/GC contract for the seven-station project, which opened in December 2012.  She advised on the strategy session that helped the agency develop a procurement process for each of the program’s transit lines based on risk profile, drafted the RFP and facilitated the procurement and evaluation and selection process. 
  • Utah Transit Authority – Mid-Jordan TRAX Line (Red Line).  Leader of the legal team that advised the transportation agency in connection with a $535 million, 10.6-mile light rail transit extension that was part of the $2.85 billion FrontLines 2015 Program.  Ms. Schmid advised on the strategy session that helped the agency develop a procurement process for each of the program’s transit lines based on risk profile; drafted design-build procurement documents including an NOI, RFQ and RFP; and participating in pre-proposal dialogues including one-on-one meetings.  She also conducted the evaluation and short-list and evaluation and selection processes and drafted, conformed and executed the contract documents.  The nine-station line, which includes connection to Kennecott Land’s Daybreak Development, opened in August 2011.
  • Utah Transit Authority – West Valley TRAX Line (Green Line).  Leader of the legal team that advised the transportation agency in connection with an 18-station, $370 million light rail transit extension that was part of the $2.85 billion FrontLines 2015 Program.  Ms. Schmid assisted with procurement of the CM/GC contract, including advising on the strategy session that helped the agency develop a procurement process for each of the program’s transit lines based on risk profile; drafting the RFP, and facilitating the procurement and evaluation and selection process.  The line opened in August 2011.
  • Utah Transit Authority – Salt Lake City to Weber County Commuter Rail (FrontRunner North).  Leader of the legal team that advised the transportation agency in connection with the first transit project to utilize the CM/GC contracting method in the U.S.  The system, which opened in April 2008, was also UTA’s first commuter rail line, providing 44 miles of rail between Salt Lake and Pleasant View Cities.
Ann-Therese  Schmid
Ann-Therese  Schmid

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J.D., Hamline University School of Law

B.A., Cornell University, cum laude

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