The San Francisco Airport Commission has awarded an $87.4-million contract to Golden Gate Constructors, a joint venture of DeSilva Gates and Pavex, to construct Phase 2 of the Runway Safety Area program at San Francisco International Airport. The federally mandated project will reconfigure runways 1L and 1R and install engineered material arresting systems comprised of honeycombed energy-absorbing material, designed to safely capture an aircraft's landing gear should it overshoot the airstrip. Landing lights, navigation systems and other equipment will be relocated during the project. The runways will be closed for approximately four months beginning May 17, but the contractor is eligible to receive up to $2 million in early completion incentives. The winning bid was 12% over the engineer's estimate due to the difficulty of construction and risk from damages associated with late completion, according to city officials. City & County of San Francisco, Airport Commission, Jim Chiu, Airport Program Manager, 676 McDonnell Rd., San Francisco, 94128. (650) 821-7741. DR#13-00545317.
Orange County has awarded Santa Ana-based Sukut Construction Inc. a $72.7-million contract to construct the La Pata Avenue Gap Closure and Camino Del Rio Extension near San Juan Capistrano. The project was re-bid after the county rejected all initial bids in November. Construction will include widening the existing 1.8-mile portion of La Pata Avenue to five lanes from three and adding two miles of new four-lane roadway connecting La Pata with Camino Del Rio to ease traffic congestion and improve emergency response times. Orange County, 300 N. Flower St., Santa Ana, 92702. DR#11-00479765.
The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority has issued a request for proposals for engineering and NEPA support services on the estimated $950-million Azusa to Montclair Phase 2B light rail line extension. Selection is anticipated in April for firms that will advance the design and engineering to a point where it will be ready for a design-build procurement. The alignment for the 12.3-mile east-west light rail extension generally follows the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, running along a former BNSF railroad right-of-way, continuing to the combined BNSF/Metrolink/Union Pacific railroad, paralleling Interstate 210 and terminating in the vicinity of the Montclair Metrolink Station. The project includes six new stations and associated parking facilities, 13 bridge/box culvert structures, Metrolink and light rail tracks, 28 at-grade crossings and various systems. Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, Mitchell Purcell, 406 E. Huntington Dr., Ste. 202, Monrovia, 91016. DR#00-00637779.
University of California, Irvine is inviting prequalified contractors to submit design-build proposals for the Mesa Court Expansion. The approximately $94.9-million project includes demolition of the existing Mesa Commons building and construction of multiple new structures, including a 150, 577-sq-ft, 500-bed residence hall, replacement Mesa Commons, Mesa Academic Center and Recreation Center. UCI Design & Construction Services, 101 Academy, Ste. 200, Irvine, 92697. DR#13-00507461.
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