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Pulse   12/02/2013

California High-Speed Rail Authority is currently performing preconstruction with Tutor Perini/Parsons Joint Venture on the $985-million first package for a high-speed rail line between Madera and Fresno. Construction start has been pushed back to early spring 2014. The 29-mile project begins north of the San Joaquin River and continues south into Fresno. It will include 12 grade separations, two viaducts, one tunnel and a major river crossing. California High-Speed Rail Authority, 770 L St., Ste. 800, Sacramento, 95814. DR#09-00638866.

Long Beach Unified School District is preparing construction documents and expects to break ground on the $135.6-million David Starr Jordan High School renovation in January. Due to the size and complexity of the project, which includes 18 buildings and 32 portables ranging in age from 25 to 75 years, construction will occur over several years and will be divided into six phases. McCarthy Building Cos., Newport Beach, is project manager. Phase 1 includes installing temporary classrooms. Plans call for demolition of buildings on the northeast side of campus and replacing them with modern classrooms and flexible lab spaces. A new cafeteria and athletic fields will be added. A media center, gymnasium, music building and auditorium will be renovated. Long Beach Unified School District, 2201 E. Market St., Long Beach, 90805. DR#10-00693336.

Riverside County Transportation Commission is performing final design on the State Route 91 Corridor Improvement project. A $632.6-million design-build contract was awarded to the joint venture of Atkinson/Walsh earlier this year, and construction is anticipated to start in March. When completed in 2017, the project will increase the capacity of the severely congested SR-91 corridor by adding a new general purpose lane in each direction and extending the existing SR-91 express lanes approximately 7.5 miles east to Interstate 15. The project also includes reconstruction of seven interchanges and improvements from the I-15/SR-91 interchange to McKinley Street and direct connectors to the tolled express lanes from SR-91 south on I-15 to Ontario Avenue. Riverside County Transportation Commission, 4080 Lemon St., Fl. 3, Riverside. DR#09-00451616. 


City of Los Angeles Harbor Dept. is evaluating Griffith Co.'s low bid of $105.7 million for its Berths 142-143 Backland Improvements project. Work at the 72-acre jobsite at the Port of Los Angeles will include construction of light poles, fire hydrants, electric rail-mounted runways, storm drains, grading and paving; relocation of sewer pump stations and utilities; and soil stabilization. The project is expected to be awarded before the end of 2013, with construction set to begin in February. City of Los Angeles Harbor Dept., 425 S. Palos Verdes St., Fl. 3, San Pedro, 90731. DR#13-00511674

Bid of the Week

University of California, San Diego is seeking proposals for executive architect services on the Biological & Physical Sciences Building. Budgeted at $78 million, the 120,000-sq-ft project will include significant site-related work, including utilities relocation, integration into the surrounding campus, pedestrian walkways and landscaping. The selected firm will perform programming, design, construction documents and construction phase services. University of California, San Diego, 10280 N. Torrey Pines Rd., Ste. 465, La Jolla, 92037. DR#05-00819198


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