BART R65 Shutdown Weekend #5

BART R65 Shutdown Weekend #5

BY: KELLI RICHARDS, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER | MARCH 19, 2021

During the weekend of March 12 through March 15, the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) completed the final surfacing at the R65 Interlocking & refurbishment work at a high rail access point. This included 160 feet of track replacement & installation of new concrete crossing panels.

Another interlocking replacement project has been successfully delivered by the District as part of the Measure RR Track Replacement Program. Ghirardelli is proud to support the RR Construction dream team!

BART R65 Shutdown Weekend #4

BART R65 Shutdown Weekend #4

BY: KELLI RICHARDS, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER | MARCH 4, 2021

During the weekend of February 26 through March 1, the fourth and final switch of the R65 interlocking was replaced by a new NorTrak #15 turnout.

BART forces were also busy in the area of Richmond, completing the upgrade of an essential maintenance way access point.

Ghirardelli Associates is proud to support the BART Maintenance and Engineering group!

Rail & Transportation Industry Trends – A Focus on Progressive Design-build

Rail & Transportation Industry Trends – A Focus on Progressive Design-build

BY: PAUL BEWS, DIVISION DIRECTOR – RAIL TRANSIT & SYSTEMS | MARCH 1, 2021

Rail and transportation industry trends indicate that we are moving away from traditional procurement to alternative procurement programs to streamline transportation infrastructure project delivery. This includes Progressive Design-build (PDB), Design-build (DB), Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC), and Job Order Contracting (JOC).

Ghirardelli Associates sees a move to utilize Progressive Design-build (PDB) as a contract form and delivery mechanism by many agencies in the transportation sector. PDB progressively defines the detail around schedule and the construction activities, as well as, gaining progressive definition of outturn cost.

Recent projects in the airport infrastructure area, such as San Francisco International Airport, have adopted PDB. In addition, we now see moves by LA Metro and other agencies to adopt this delivery method.

Given the recent successes in the aviation sector in this form of contract, we expect to see its rapid adoption in other transportation infrastructure projects.