BART Hayward Maintenance Center, Phase 2 – Hayward, CA
CLIENT: The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
To accommodate the additional 306 new vehicles BART needs for the higher frequency revenue service, BART will build a new storage yard on BART-owned property at the Hayward Maintenance Complex (HMC). The new yard will provide storage for 25 ten-car trains, or 250 additional vehicles. In addition to the storage yard, the project includes 2 Mainline crossovers on the north and South end of the project for train movement from either end of the new rail yard. This work will also include the addition Interlocking A73 on the north end of the project.
Procurement went to bid in early January 2020 while (Early Track Work) has begun by BART M&E who will be installing mainline crossovers. Because of the large quantities of track material that will be procured for this project it is imperative that this material be delivered to accuracy and placed for easy distribution for Contractor and M&E alike. With limited space for storage and an abundance of deliveries accuracy of material will be vital. Establishing early communication with the vendor, traveling to the vendor plant for Quality Assurance and an up-to-date schedule will be very important in keeping the project on track.
Ghirardelli is providing construction management services as BART’s Resident Engineer and serving as the lead technical person to consult with on the special trackwork design, fabrication, and testing performed by the Contract Supplier. Ghirardelli is providing a RE, OE and Oversight Inspector for Track Procurement which will be an instrumental to this project. Project tasks include holding meetings with the supplier, attending construction coordination meetings, reviewing documents and providing comments regarding schedule and requirements for design, fabrication testing, and delivery of rail and trackwork.
Ghirardelli reviews the supplier’s quality control and assurance process regarding fabrication and testing of the rail, and Special Trackwork for compliance with the Contract Specifications and industry standards. Inspection will include witnessing Special Trackwork factory assembly and testing. Reporting includes preparation and submittal to the BART Project Manager, detailing the observations, technical and schedule issues, and mitigation strategies when working with the supplier. Ghirardelli will also be responsible for reviewing change notices and change orders, RFI responses, and submittal reviews.
Shiralian Management Group was involved in three separate contracts for the multi-phased $800 million package that improved the existing Hayward Yard. SMG worked with the contractor to establish workable monthly schedules that can be used for project management. SMG performed several schedule delay analyses, allocating delays between the parties, and negotiated time extension with the contractor. SMG assisted in determining delay damages to the prime as well as the several subcontractors. He assisted in issuing time extension change notices and evaluating entitlement to several contractual issues. SMG’s experience at HMC makes him an excellent resource for the HMC Phase 2 work.
PSM is providing the RE as part of our team on the HMC Phase 2 Civil Grading contract, which will prepare the site for the track installation project. Close coordination between projects will be necessary to ensure the site is ready for delivery of track materials.
MOVING BART FORWARD
Claims evaluation and mitigation is an ever-present risk on any project. Our team includes dedicated firms that perform schedule and cost analysis to ensure that prevention of claims takes priority over mitigating them. Our team prefers the approach of foreseeing and communicating schedule and budget adjustments to prevent BART from dealing with delay- causing claims in the first place. The inclusion of claims mitigation plans prior to the beginning of construction allows all facets of the project to be thoroughly analyzed for risk before construction kickoff occurs, lending to our protocol of implementing preventative measures instead of reactionary measures.
KEY PROJECT ELEMENTS
- Construction Management
- Cost and Schedule Management
- Technical Support
- Environmental Monitoring
- Coordination with Other Agencies
- Agreement Administration
- Claims Management
- Dispute Resolution