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.

APWA Northern California 2019 Project Awards Luncheon

On February 21, 2019, Ghirardelli attended the APWA Northern California 2019 Project Awards Luncheon at Albert H. DeWitt Officers’ Club in Alameda.
Each year, APWA asks for nominations for outstanding individuals, teams, and projects representing the best in the public works profession, then hosts a luncheon to present the awards to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects, recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the contractor, the consultant, and their cooperative achievements.
Ghirardelli won two more awards for the eBART to Antioch – East Contra Costa Extension!! The APWA Northern California Chapter’s 2019 Public Works “Project Award, Transportation, Projects More than $75 Million”, and the 2019 Public Works “Project of the Year Award.” In attendance to accept both awards were Carlos Melendez, Kelsey Ballesteros, Darcy Taylor, and Mike Hagerty.

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Award

On February 7, 2019, Ghirardelli attended the ACEC California’s 3rd Annual Scholarship Foundation Fundraising Dinner, presenting the ACEC California Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA). This event was held at the Union Square Hilton in San Francisco, and brought the Scholarship Foundation and EEA together to celebrate the achievements of the Engineering and Surveying industries, while supporting students and strengthening the future of engineering. These awards affirm the fundamental role that ACEC California member firms play in building and maintaining the quality of our infrastructure.
Ghirardelli won an Honor Award for the eBART to Antioch – East Contra Costa Extension. The project extended tracks ten miles east in the median of State Route 4, added two new stations, a parking lot, a train maintenance and operations facility, providing much needed congestion relief on this busy commuter route. Randy Bruner, Kelsey Ballesteros, and Raewyn Butcher were in attendance and accepted the award on behalf of the company.

SR241 Wildlife Protection Fence Project Wins Award

​The Wildlife Protection Fence Project wins The Innovative Transportation Solution Award at the Annual WTS-OC Awards Gala. The $10 million fence project consists of 6.5 miles of fence on both sides of SR241 with heights ranging from 10 to 12 feet depending on the terrain and location. The anticipated fence effectiveness is a 90%-95% increase in undercrossing utilization which will decrease the vehicle-wildlife collisions along this state route.
Ghirardelli Associates provided Construction Management services to the Transportation Corridor Agencies for this project. Congratulations to Scott Fabel (Resident Engineer) and Jay Ryan (Field Inspector) of Ghirardelli Associates.
Who is the Transportation Corridor Agencies? TCA are two joint powers authorities formed by the California legislature in 1986 to plan, finance, construct, and operate Orange County’s toll roads. TCA consists of two local government agencies the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency which oversees the San Joaquin Hills Toll Road and the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency which runs both the Foothill Toll Road and the Eastern Toll Road.

2013 Grand Boulevard Award!

Congratulations to the City of Palo Alto and our construction management team for their participation on the El Camino Real/Stanford Ave Streetscape Improvements project. The awards recognize projects and public agency plans in the El Camino corridor that exemplify the Grand Boulevard Initiative’s Guiding Principles. Read more: