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Five to Bid for Silver Line Phase 2 Contracts

MWAA chooses design and construction finalists for rail from Reston Town Center to Loudoun County.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority announced Wednesday it has selected five teams to bid on designing and building Metro's Silver Line Phase 2.

Phase 2 includes stations at Herndon, Innovation Center, Washington Dulles International Airport, Route 606, and Route 772. 

The five are listed below in alphabetical order, along with their equity members:

  • Bechtel Transit Partners 

Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation

  • Capital Rail Constructors 

Clark Construction Group, LLC

Kiewit Infrastructure South Co.

  • Dulles APC Railbuilders 

Archer Western Contractors, LLC

PCL Civil Constructors, Inc.

Corman Construction, Inc.

  • Dulles Metrorail Connectors

Skanska USA Civil Southeast / Granite Construction Company

G.A. & F.C. Wagman, Inc. / Trumbull Corporation

Facchina Construction Company, Inc.

  • Silver Line Constructors

Fluor Enterprises, Inc. / Tutor Perini Corporation / Stacy and Witbeck, Inc.

The teams were selected a process intended to emphasize design and construction experience and professionalism and produce a short list of up to five qualified teams to proceed to final bidding.

 “This list includes some of the most qualified and most successful engineering and construction companies in the world," Pat Nowakowski, Executive Director for the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, said in a statement.

"We are proud and excited because this ensures a highly competitive process as we move forward with Phase 2 of this dynamic project. This is a project of local, regional, national and international significance and a gateway to our nation’s capital.”

Other procurement process steps will include the submission of a technical plan and pricing. The award will be made to the firm submitting an acceptable technical proposal and lowest price. An award is anticipated in May 2013. The contract estimated cost is $1.4-1.6 billion.

The completion of construction for Phase 2 is anticipated for mid-2018. The timetable was delayed because of, among other issues, a Loudoun County threatening to withdraw from participation.

Construction of the first phase of the Metrorail Project to the Wiehle-Reston East Station is 82 percent complete and projected to open at the end of 2013. The pedestrian walkway at Wiehle-Reston East will begin installation this weekend. Reston East will be the final stop on Phase 1, which will run from East Falls Church through Tysons Corner to Reston.

In other MWAA news, new directors joined the board as a result of recently enacted legislation that expands its membership from 13 to 17, with four new directors in attendance at Wednesday’s meetings:  Lynn Chapman and Caren Merrick from Virginia; Earl Adams, Jr. from Maryland; and Barbara Lang from the District of Columbia. More information is available at:http://www.mwaa.com/5452.htm.

Just the Facts October 19, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Bob is correct. The professionals made a ton of money on phase 1. While everyone was concerned about using a PLA , the professionals were cashing checks. Smoke and mirrors. Distract the public from the real issues. MWAA and our elected officials are working hand in hand to frame all these issues. Wake up people before you start paying $10 tolls. LaHood should be getting ready to deliver some more Tifia loans soon. All part of the plan.
Bob Bruhns October 20, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Yes, Tifia loans. Note that these are LOANS - although it will of course be called 'federal funds' to trick people into thinking that it's free money. But the truth is that it's just a big loan to help us pay too much for this rail project. And we will pay, and our children will pay, and our grandchildren will pay, for generations, for this near double priced monster. I'm quite serious in suggesting that somehow this rail monster should be paid off by some kind of a lottery. I call it 'Making Tracks'. If there is some Virginia law against this, it might be a good idea to change that law - because this rail monster is going to cause a lot of trouble, the way we plan to finance it now.
Bob Bruhns October 20, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I think it's $200 thousand, not $220 million. The recent governance of MWAA is an example of absolute power, corrupting absolutely. But the problem was set up by a former elected leader, Tim Kaine, who gave them unsupervised authority to accomplish a specific task - to get the rail line built. MWAA apparently made this suggestion, but I think it had a somewhat different governing group back then. I really don't know how or why the various appointees were selected - political paybacks for effective fundraising in some cases, who knows what in other cases. But somehow that group got very drunk with power, and who knows what might have influenced their decisions. There are dangers with getting buddy buddy with big money. We have seen problems with hand-in-glove oversight in the nuclear industry, in the banking and finance industry, and more recently in the oil drilling industry. MWAA's recent governance has demonstrated that it isn't such a good thing in the rail infrastructure industry, either.
Just the Facts October 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM
No the preliminary IG report covered stronger ethics language, stronger travel policy and 220 million of no bid contracts that violated MWAA contracting procedures. This seems to be swept under the rug. These contracts under the contacting manual says the Board needs to approve these contracts. The Board never approved the expenses in question. The report came out in May but MWAA never has mentioned the no bid contracts. For that matter, Governor McDonald nor Congressman Wolf have been jumping up and down either. We are talking about 220 million dollars while tolls are going up.
Bob Bruhns October 22, 2012 at 12:51 PM
You're right! MWAA's governance did so many things wrong, that it's hard to remember it all. See Page 9 of the US DOT Inspector General's May 15, 2012 interim report. http://www.oig.dot.gov/sites/dot/files/MWAA%20Interim%20Letter_5-15-12.pdf "MWAA Did Not Maximize Competition or Always Request Board Approval When Required" "MWAA awarded only about one-third of its contracts with full and open competition during the period of our review. [January 2009 to June 2011.]" "MWAA awarded almost two-thirds (64 percent) of its 190 contracts that exceeded $200,000 with less than full and open competition during the period of our review. [January 2009 to June 2011.] ... Of these, 117 contracts ... amounted to more than $220 million." "We also found that MWAA did not obtain required Board approval for high-value contracts as required by its Contracting Manual. These contract awards, which amount to $6 million, did not have Board approval." "4 of the 13 awards (31 percent) valued over $3 million in our statistical sample did not receive Board approval." And it's even worse than that. See: http://www.bruhns.us/civic/DullesRail/Dulles-Rail---Silver-Line-overcost-report---Bruhns.pdf

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