International Partnering Institute Recognizes I-580/I-80 Central Ave. Operational Improvements Project

Each year the International Partnering Institute honors project teams and individuals who follow the IPI model and have exhibited the highest levels of collaboration. Ghirardelli was notified that our work on the I-80 / Central Avenue Operational Improvements Project Phase I for the Contra Costa Transportation Authority was nominated and has won the 2019 International Partnering Institute’s (IPI’s) Partnered Project of the Year Award and was honored with the Ruby Level Award.  The award was presented on Friday, May 17th at the Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront in Burlingame.

Location: Richmond, CA
Owner:  Contra Costa Transportation Authority
Prime Contractor: Ghilotti Bros., Inc.
Designer:  WSP
Construction Manager:  Ghirardelli Associates
Facilitator:  OrgMetrics LLC
Project Description:
The I-80 Central Ave. Operational Improvements Project was a complex signalization and traffic operation scope located between the I-80 and I-580 freeways in Richmond CA. Central Avenue is a main thoroughfare connecting downtown El Cerrito through the City of Richmond to the I-80 Freeway. During peak traffic hours, more than 3,000 vehicles per day use Central Avenue to access the freeway, causing excessive traffic cues and regular 15-minute delays. The project relieves congestion caused by cars getting stuck at a traffic light leaving downtown El Cerrito. This project scope took over ten years to plan, design and construct and represents the first of two phases to relieve traffic congestion in this area.

Oakland Army Base Infrastructure Project

Ghirardelli provided Construction Inspection Services to the City of Oakland for the Oakland Army Base infrastructure/reconstruction project. We worked closely with Kennedy and Associates, the designated City Engineer’s representative for the project.
The project was the first phase in converting 300 acres of the Army’s old 1,800 acre Oakland logistics facility to civilian use as a multimodal seaport logistics complex for the Port of Oakland, with the partial intent “to shift traffic from trucks to trains on site and thereby reduce truck trips through cities within Alameda County to the Central Valley which will help to improve air quality, neighborhood and roadway safety” (quote from City of Oakland website).
The effective date on our contract for this work was October 23, 2013, with a projected completion date of May 1, 2019.
The work included:

  • Deconstruction and demolition of existing army warehouses and other structures
  • Removal and replacement of existing electrical, communications, storm drain and sanitary sewer utilities with:
    • Lift stations
    • Outfalls in the tidal zone
    • Storm sewers and drain inlets
  • New and rebuilt streets, sidewalks and bike paths
  • Compaction in preparation for the Phase II structural foundations using:
    • Surcharge Compaction, and
    • Deep Dynamic Compaction
  • Landscaping and irrigation
  • Street lighting and traffic signals.

Client: City and Port of Oakland
Location: Oakland, CA