Construction on the long-awaited Hudson Tunnel Project, which will keep Amtrak running safely through the Northeast Corridor’s (NEC) Hudson River rail crossing between New Jersey and New York, is anticipated to start as early as March 2018. This $13 billion project is a significant component of the projected $30 billion Gateway Program, which will ease rail congestion by increasing track, tunnel, bridge, and station capacity between Penn Station and Newark, NJ. Although the project is not yet fully funded, supporters are actively pursuing private sector support. Skanska, a member of the Joint Venture team working on these infrastructure improvements, has invested in the mammoth Design-Build effort, which is the largest single contract the company has ever held. Read More
Nicole Malliotakis, state assemblywoman and NYC Mayoral hopeful, touted Design-Build at a recent news conference in Staten Island. She wants to modify a state law that would allow the city to streamline the process it uses to design and build projects. “Current state law mandates a less efficient approach,” Malliotakis said and then outlined a series of proposals she said would save the city money and speed up long-delayed infrastructure projects. Read More.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) R-Train Station renovation in Sunset Park, Brooklyn is complete and commuters are reaping the benefits. The construction team completed the project in just over five months, shaving nearly 20% off the original schedule allocated for the renovation. Using Design-Build, designating a single team to be responsible for the design and construction of an entire project, the construction team was able to effectively coordinate subcontractor schedules and reduce lag times that typically arise during traditional construction delivery methods. The MTA is utilizing Design-Build for all 33 stations included in this initiative to improve the NYC transit system. Read More.
The Design-Build Conference & Expo, which will be held in Philadelphia this November 8-10, attracts over 2,000 industry professionals spanning the entire A/E/C community, including owners both new to and experienced in design-build project delivery. The conference is the only industry event that provides a platform for experienced, knowledgeable and well-spoken industry experts to highlight key aspects of design-build project delivery including best practices, lessons learned, noted challenges and/or emerging trends. Register by Monday, September 25, at 11:00 p.m. Eastern to receive the Early Bird rate – a savings of up to $100 per full conference registration. Visit http://www.dbia.org/Conferences/expo/Pages/register.aspx to complete your registration today!
New York’s largest Design-Build project to date, the former Tappan Zee Bridge, officially opens this Labor Day week-end. Thousands of drivers are expected to christen the $4 billion-dollar bridge this week-end. Using Design-Build to construct the bridge has saved the state more than $1 billion dollars. Read more.
In a move described by City officials as “a disgrace”, the New York State Legislature didn’t address Brooklyn’s bid to use Design-Build for the Brooklyn Queens Expressway’s $1.9 billion rehabilitation. The Legislative session closed on Wednesday, June 21st with no action on the bill. On Friday, State Sen. Daniel Squadron expressed his frustration. “We could cut out years of headaches and millions of dollars if Albany got out of the way, he said. “It’s another example of Albany inaction having real consequences — it’s urgent we pass design-build as soon as the Legislature reconvenes.” Read More to learn how this failure to act will impact the welfare of Brooklyn’s infrastructure, budget, and its residents. Photo by Mary Frost, Brooklyn Daily Eagle.