08 May 2012
A joint venture between Shimmick Construction Company, FCC Construccion and Impregilo has been picked as the ‘best value’ proposer for the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project in the US state of California.
Leading the design team for the US$649.5 million proposal is a joint venture team of Arup and Biggs Cardosa.
The project selection team, led by Caltrans, the Port of Long Beach and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, formally opened the financial proposals on 4 May. This followed evaluation of the technical proposals from three teams that had been pre-qualified to bid on the contract.
The notice of intent to award the contract will be given on 14 May to the Port's Board of Harbor Commissioners.
A decision by the board on the actual award of the contract is expected in late June, with final design starting soon after the contract is signed and construction kickoff set in early 2013. The total cost of the overall bridge replacement project is estimated at about US$1 billion, including site preparation, demolition, and other considerations.
Arup will be providing bridge design services, including structural, geotechnical, seismic, and civil engineering services, along with lighting consulting services among others.
The Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach is a vital link in the nation's trade system and a major commuter corridor. But the bridge, built in the 1960s, was not designed to handle today's traffic volumes and is deteriorating.
Construction is expected to last five years and generate, on average, 4,000 jobs per year.