Effective Owner’s Representation

Creating Effective Public & Private Partnerships

Many of us who have had the opportunity

to meet and work with Bill agree that he has added significant value and leadership to the 2020 Project.

Dan M. Feitelberg
Vice Chancellor for Planning and Budget
University of California, Merced

The Opportunity Is Infrastructure Revitalization

In the course of every day we all touch and are impacted by our local or national infrastructure. If we go to school, have a job or a family we use some aspect of infrastructure during the course of the day. We have come to expect and take for granted what infrastructure provides us.

Unfortunately our infrastructure has not been maintained to the level that will allow it to continue to deliver what we have all come to take for granted.

In 2017 the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Report Card for America’s Infrastructure shows we have a significant backlog of overdue maintenance across our infrastrzcture systems, a pressing need for modernization, and an immense opportunity to create reliable, long-term funding. It also shows that we can improve the current condition of our nation’s infrastructure — when investments are made and projects move forward.

They estimate that $3.6 trillion dollars of investment renovating, refurbishing and replacing our country’s infrastructure will be necessary by 2020.

The sectors below received the following grades:

  • RAIL–B
  • PORTS—C+
  • DAMS–D



Our Purpose

Addressing today’s challenges requires a willingness to consider, evaluate, develop and implement new approaches and methods that focus on how you procure and deliver your capital real estate development projects.

That’s exactly why I created The Hvidt Group.  It brings me great satisfaction to be at the forefront of meaningful change and experience a team of experts coming together to deliver a desired outcome.

I have a proven approach to assist public and private entities simplify complex capital real estate development opportunities into manageable pieces.

Simply put, I get real smart people to talk with each other to solve and address the challenges associated with the delivery of capital real estate development projects.

I am an early stage advisor who assists my clients create organizations that define and address the challenges associated with the procurement and delivery of their capital project (on time and within budget?).

I mobilize, mentor and motivate teams of highly skilled and talented people into an environment where they collaborate, communicate and commit to define and execute strategies that address the issues before them.

Through listening, understanding and partnering with my clients as well as their internal and external stakeholders I facilitate outcomes and decisions that guide them to develop and implement long-term solutions unique to the challenges of their culture, community, organization, campus and project.

Those in the Public and Private sectors are facing systemic challenges that threaten your ability to move forward and continue your mission!

Whether the challenges come from unfunded deferred maintenance, underinvestment, inefficient construction contracting practices, political uncertainty, short term decisions and impacts or challenges internal and specific to your project, something needs to change with the manner public and private facilities are procured and delivered if those that follow us are to benefit from your institution fulfilling it’s mission.

The forces within the economic, social and political environment in your community, while similar from a systemic view to other communities, require unique resources, understanding and solutions. My approach focuses on recognizing that each challenge is truly unique.

I look forward to engaging with you and assisting you to fulfill your mission.






About The Hvidt Group

The Hvidt Group believes that the critical success factor to successfully addressing the challenges faced by public and private entities seeking to procure and deliver capital projects lies in the development of a partnership between the people empowered to address these challenges and their willingness to collaborate and work together.

Recruiting, developing and engaging the right team of experts for your project and then facilitating outcomes that guide them through addressing the challenges of the project delivery makes the difference between it being approved and delivered in a timely manner or not.

The Hvidt Group is an experienced “owners rep” with extensive “boots on the ground” experience recruiting and guiding teams delivering capital projects for public and private sector clients. This experience augments the abilities of your in-house team in the areas of team development and dynamics, project and development management and insuring that all the moving pieces involved in the development and delivery of your capital project come together and work in unison to the end of the successful delivery of the project.

Managing Partner Bill Hvidt, has a talent for connecting with people, building teams and opening markets. He has over 40 years experience working with and for corporate, institutional, public and private sector owners and developers developing and implementing strategies and facilitating outcomes that address the challenges around their capital real estate projects and investments.

He possesses the ability to identify and bring together the needed talent in an environment that creates success for the team. The consummate goal is to have teams that collaborate, communicate and commit to providing 100% solutions to the challenges that arise during the delivery of your project.

Experience and Services

The Hvidt Group’s experience has developed a proven methodology that provides a complete roadmap of how to successfully deliver a project including the lessons learned that anticipate challenges that may not have been foreseen previously.

This methodology includes supporting and developing your team’s expertise in the following areas:

  • Analyzing, evaluating and selecting which of the numerous delivery methods is best for the project and the owner,
  • P3 Procurement Advisory
  • Coordinating the development of the following project elements:
    • Project Definition;
    • Development of the Project “Story”;
    • Transaction Structure Advisory;
    • Transaction Management;
    • Leadership and coordination of team of subject matter experts including those from the following sectors:
      • Financial
      • Design
      • Construction
      • Engineering
      • Environmental
      • Legal
      • Operations and maintenance
    • Integration of internal and external team members into highly effective team;
    • Coordination of internal and external stakeholder engagement;
    • Coordination of procurement process;
    • Financial feasibility and structure;
    • Risk analysis;
    • Value for money analysis;
    • Stakeholder engagement;
    • Stakeholder management
    • Other critical project elements.

This methodology provides the foundation template from which to structure the successful, timely and cost effective delivery of your critical project.


Notable Projects

UC Merced

In 2012 UC Merced was faced with making a decision on how to deliver the 2nd phase of their campus so they could continue to fulfill their mission as the newest Research University in the UC system providing unmatched education opportunities to an underserved demographic and deliver it by 2020.

I was brought on as an early stage advisor to the Vice Chancellor of Planning and Budget and the UC Merced principal responsible for the determining the appropriate structure to use to procure and deliver what has become known as the 2020 Project.  I advised on the recruitment, procurement, engagement and development of the team of consultants required to address all the elements involved in the development of the 2020 Project and worked with the consultants to communicate, collaborate, debate and ultimately propose the way through all the issues encountered on this complex, first its kind project.  The result was a procurement process that resulted in the selection of the Plenary Merced Properties team as UCM’s partner to develop, operate and maintain the 2020 Project. (July 2016 UC Merced selects Plenary Merced Properties) Financial close took place in July of 2016.

The Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Maintain Availability Payment transaction was the first of it’s kind in the higher education sector.   The program for the 2020 project is approximately 800K square feet of new structures delivered in 3 phase from 2018 to 2020, with an operating and maintenance agreement for 35 years. The total value of the contract is approximately $1.3B.

Virginia Smith Trust

In 2016 The Virginia Smith Trust approached me asking if I could assist them secure entitlements from the City of Merced, the County of Merced and the Local Agency Formation Commission so they could develop their 655 acre parcel directly south of UC Merced.

The Virginia Smith Trust provides scholarships to the students of Merced to attend the college of their choosing.  Through developing the property they will significantly increase their endowment from which to to provide scholarships.  Securing entitlements to develop the property would add significant value to the property as well as bring interest from the development community to partner with them to develop the property thereby fulfilling their vision for tech property.

We are currently in discussions with the City of Merced, the County of Merced and LAFCO regarding entitlements to develop the property with student housing, graduate student housing, faculty and staff housing, retail, hospitality, office, medical and athletic uses.  Our hope is that we will be commencing discussions with potential development partners in Q4 of 2018 to bring the vision for this property to reality.  Stay tuned!