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December 13, 2011 > $772 Million Design Build Contract for BART

$772 Million Design Build Contract for BART

Submitted By Brandi Childress

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's (VTA) Board of Directors unanimously voted to award the first major contract for BART Silicon Valley to Skanska-Shimmick-Herzog a Joint Venture. This first contract includes completing the design and construction of the line, track, systems and stations for the 10-mile Berryessa Extension Project, the first phase of the 16-mile BART Extension into Santa Clara County.

"Today's vote by the VTA Board keeps faith with the voters and taxpayers of Silicon Valley, who cast visionary votes in 2000 and 2008 that made the dream of BART service to Silicon Valley a reality," said Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO Carl Guardino.

The decision marks a key project milestone and will immediately generate local jobs. Nearly 5,500 jobs will be created during the construction of the line, track, systems and stations elements of the Berryessa Extension. An additional 4,000 indirect jobs are created due to activities related to this contract, and 3,800 more jobs are created to support construction of the station campus areas, access roadways, parking structures and transit centers.

VTA conducted an extensive procurement and evaluation process based on best-value selection criteria. Skanska-Shimmick-Herzog a Joint Venture ranked highest among the four prequalified joint venture engineering and contractor teams who submitted proposals.

"The extension of BART into the South Bay is the priority project in VTA's Measure A Transportation Improvement Program. Skanska-Shimmick-Herzog a Joint Venture, was able to propose constructing the Berryessa Extension at $77 million less than the engineer's estimate while also accelerating the construction schedule making it possible to deliver BART sooner than 2018," stated VTA Board Chair Margaret Abe Koga.

Skanska-Shimmick-Herzog a Joint Venture brings over 150 years experience to the project management team. Skanska USA Civil, Inc., headquartered in New York, is a leading contractor in the US market for civil engineering construction and infrastructure projects. Relevant project experience includes: the BART Warm Springs Extension Fremont Central Park Subway, AirTrain JFK Light Rail System, World Trade Center PATH Transportation Hub reconstruction, and the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail System.

Shimmick Construction Co., Inc. (SCCI) is a general engineering contractor based in Oakland, California with an emphasis on heavy construction. SCCI has been recognized as one of the "Best Places to Work in the Bay Area" by the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal for the past two years. Relevant experience includes: BART Warm Springs Extension Fremont Central Park Subway, BART West Dublin/Pleasanton Station, and Los Angeles MTA Eastside Light Rail extension.

Herzog Contracting Corp., headquartered in St. Joseph, Missouri, operates nationwide, serving government and private sector clients, and specializes in Railroad Transit Construction, Contract Rail Passenger Operations, Highway and Bridge Construction, and other heavy construction disciplines. Recent projects include construction of heavy and light rail projects in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, San Jose, CA and San Diego, CA. Locally Herzog operates the Altamont Commuter Express and was just awarded the contract to operate Caltrain.

VTA is seeking a $900 million federal grant for the Berryessa Extension Project from the Federal New Starts funding program and anticipates receipt of it early next year. The grant will complete the funding plan and enable major construction to begin by mid-2012. BART Silicon Valley's Communications and Outreach team will conduct public meetings prior to commencement of major construction activities. VTA continues project development activities for the second 6-mile phase of the project that includes a 5.1 mile-long subway tunnel through downtown San Jose, and ends in Santa Clara near the Caltrain Station. Construction on the second phase of the project will commence as additional funding is secured.

BART to Silicon Valley extends the existing Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system to San Jose, Milpitas and Santa Clara. This will extend the current BART system 16 miles beginning at the future BART Warm Springs Station in Fremont and proceed on the former Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way through Milpitas to south of Mabury Road in San Jose. The extension would then descend into a 5.1 mile-long subway tunnel, continue through downtown San Jose, and end at grade in Santa Clara near the Caltrain Station. A maintenance and vehicle storage yard would be at the terminus of the project in Santa Clara.

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