Andrée Blais and Corey Boock Recognized as "2022 Visionaries" in Finance
Andrée Blais and Corey Boock were recognized by Los Angeles Times B2B Publishing in its “Los Angeles County: Banking and Finance-Trends, Updates, Visionaries” supplement for 2022. The supplement highlighted professionals working in the banking and finance space that have "demonstrated success and accomplishments” over the last several years.
Andrée is highlighted for advising “public agencies in the use of innovative procurement and contracting methods for the development and delivery of major public infrastructure projects in the transportation and social infrastructure sectors [and focusing] her practice on public-private partnership (P3) and design-build delivery, as well as early contractor involvement models such as CMGC, progressive design-build, and predevelopment (PDA) or progressive P3 structures.”
Andrée currently serves as the leader of the legal team engaged to implement LA Metro’s first application of the PDA (progressive P3) delivery method to develop the approximately $6 billion to $10 billion Sepulveda Pass Rail Transit project through one of the most congested interstate highway corridors in the nation. She also leads the legal team advising LA Metro on the progressive design-build delivery of the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor Project - a $1.6 to $2.0 billion 6.7 mile at-grade light rail transit line between LA Metro’s “G” Line (Orange) in Van Nuys to San Fernando Road in Pacoima. This project includes a P3 component and is the second project to enter the Federal Transit Administration’s Expedited Project Delivery pilot program. Additionally, Andrée leads the legal team advising the City and County of San Francisco on the Potrero Yard Modernization Project, which will deliver, through a PDA (progressive P3) method, a modern bus maintenance and storage facility equipped to serve the projected future needs of SFMTA’s new battery electric bus fleet and which may include affordable housing units on-site.
Corey is noted for offering “clients more than 25 years’ experience in structuring, procuring, financing and negotiating cutting-edge deals in the transportation industry, as well as the social infrastructure, water/wastewater and solid waste sectors…[and handling] a wide range of P3 and alternative project delivery and innovative finance approaches including concession/franchises, availability payment models, design-build, design-build-finance and design-build-operate-maintain.”
Corey's representation of “public agencies as well as private sponsors and contractors in Alaska, Arizona, California, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and British Columbia” is also lauded. Corey currently advises the Indiana Department of Transportation on over a billion worth of highway and bridge design-build projects and the City and County of San Francisco on a planned AP/DBFOM for a combined bus yard maintenance facility and housing project at the Potrero Yards in San Francisco. The project will create a new 3 story bus yard maintenance facility, including a new battery electrification component, to help the City modernize its growing Muni fleet.