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Steven Hardt

Associate

T 512.651.0665
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816 Congress Ave., Suite 970
Austin, TX 78701

Steven Hardt focuses his practice on drafting documents and conducting legal research related to the Firm’s wide range of design-build and public-private partnership (P3) agreements.  Because he has worked as in-house counsel on industrial construction projects, he offers both private and public sector perspectives.

Before joining Nossaman, Mr. Hardt served as in-house counsel at Taylor Engineering Group in Sugar Land, Texas, where he advised business managers and company executives on international energy procurement deals in Asia, Mexico and Africa.  While at Taylor, he also worked with a wind power firm and was involved with legal matters related to the purchase, development and maintenance of wind farms throughout Texas.

Following graduation from Baylor University School of Law, Mr. Hardt clerked for the Texas Supreme Court’s Commission on Children, Youth and Families chaired by the Hon. Eva Guzman.  During law school, he clerked for the Hon. George Holmes of the Texas 74th District, IV-D Court.

Representative Work

  • Texas Department of Transportation – U.S. 181 Harbor Bridge Replacement.  Member of the legal team that advised on replacement of the nearly 60-year-old Harbor Bridge spanning the Corpus Christi shipping channel with a new structure that will be the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America.  The proposed $800 million DBOM project, in the works for more than a decade to improve safety, includes the new bridge, demolition of the existing structure and reconstruction of portions of U.S. 181, I-37 and the Crosstown Expressway.  TxDOT issued an RFP to shortlisted teams in October 2014 and chose a Flatiron/Dragados consortium as preferred bidder in April 2015.  The parties entered into an agreement in September 2015.  Construction of the replacement bridge is expected to begin in 2017.  Mr. Hardt helped draft the RFQ and RFP documents, facilitated one-on-one meetings with proposers and assisted with proposal evaluation and final contract negotiation.
  • Maryland Transit Administration and Maryland Department of Transportation – Purple Line Light Rail.  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 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.
  • Texas Department of Transportation – SH 360.  Member of the legal team that advised on a $625 million, 9.7-mile tolled extension of SH 360 in Arlington to U.S. 287 near Mansfield in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, relieving stress on highly congested local roads.  The $300 million initial phase of the project includes a four-lane divided tollway north and two divided lanes south of East Broad Street, as well as an interchange at U.S. 287.  TxDOT will eventually add more tolled lanes to the route.  An agreement between TxDOT and the North Texas Tollway Authority calls for TxDOT to design, build and finance the project before turning it over to the Authority for ownership and tolling.  TxDOT awarded a contract to a Lane/Abrams joint venture in May 2015.  Construction began in fall 2015 and the project is expected to be completed in 2017.  Mr. Hardt’s services included assisting with structuring the procurement, drafting and finalizing procurement and contract documents, and helping develop the evaluation process.
  • Texas Department of Transportation – Border West Expressway.  Member of the legal team that advised on an approximately $640 million DBM project to complete Loop 375 encircling the City of El Paso.  The proposed 9-mile roadway straddling the Rio Grande River along the U.S./Mexico border aims to provide an alternate route for I-10, addressing needed improvements in highway capacity, reliability and regional system linkage for the El Paso metropolitan area.  The project, the largest transportation undertaking in the city’s history by cost and complexity, includes a new 5.6-mile, four-lane controlled access highway.  The Department awarded a contract to an Abrams/Kiewit joint venture in August 2014.  The project is expected to be completed in October 2017.  Mr. Hardt assisted with drafting the RFP and contract documents as well as final contract negotiations.
  • Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas – METRO Solutions Phase 2.  Member of the legal team that advised the transit agency on a project to extend the Houston METRORail system.  The first leg of the system, the 7.5-mile long Red Line, boasts one of the highest ridership rates in the country since opening a decade ago.   Metro Solutions Phase 2 is a $1.46 billion project to design, build, equip, operate and maintain three additional rail lines.  The Authority awarded a development agreement to Parsons Transportation Group Inc. and a design-build contract to a Parsons/Granite/ Kiewit joint venture with vehicles acquired from CAF USA Inc.  The Red Line northern extension opened in December 2013 and the Green Line (East End) and Purple Line (Southeast) began service in 2015.   Mr. Hardt conducted legal research and finalized the contract documents.
Steven  Hardt
Steven  Hardt

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Education

J.D., Baylor University School of Law, 2010

B.S., University of Texas, Austin, 2007, summa cum laude

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