Summary of Transit, Major Public Works Design and Community Outreach Background
LOS ANGELES WESTSIDE’S EXPOSITION LIGHT RAIL DESIGN-BUILD PHASE I, ENGINEERING AND COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION
PROJECT: LOS ANGELES METRO EXPOSITION CORRIDOR LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT DESIGN-BUILD PROJECT
CLIENT: LOS ANGELES EXPO CORRIDOR CONSTRUCTION AUTHORITY
Community Outreach / Public Participation for Construction Program Manager- Lead
Coordination with regulatory agencies – PUC
Communications with residents, merchants, recognized community groups -Lead
CADD; Document Controls; Civil Engineering for Design Manager – Support
2007-Currently serving as Community Relations Management lead and engineering and CADD design support for the Expo Design-Build Phase I joint venture (Parsons/Flatiron/Fluor) to design/build the $800m, 9.5 mile light rail transit corridor connecting downtown Los Angeles with Culver City via the Exposition Blvd. Corridor. This project consists of 11 rail stations, primarily at grade with a portion cut-and-cover and some aerial stations. Personnel of the firm serve as facilitators in the overall public outreach and stakeholder/consensus building for the project, which traverses some of the most congested arterials in South and West Los Angeles. The firm also serves as Stakeholder Consensus task leader for Public Outreach and coordinates information on project achievements, business impacts, safety training, utility relocations, traffic controls, disruptions with affected residents, local elected officials, neighborhood groups, the design-build team, and the press (radio, print media and TV).
For this project, the firm has established solid relationships with Westside community based organizations (CBOs), the Expo LRT Authority, federal agencies (Veterans Administration Hospital, and USDOT), Caltrans, neighborhood associations, block clubs, affected neighborhoods in councilmanic districts, the L.A. Mayor’s Office, the elected officials and Mayor of Culver City, and Santa Monica, the offices of the L.A County Supervisors, city and county regulatory agencies, such as Departments of Water and Power, Streets, Transportation, Building and Safety, California Public Utilities Commission, California Department of Transportation, Westside chambers of commerce, UCLA and Westwood community development and preservation organizations and L.A. Metro. Other regulatory agencies communicated with include AQMD, Regional Water Quality District, City of L.A. Bridge (Public Works Department), Bureau of Sanitation, and Bureau of Streets.
GC Tech’s personnel supports CAD design for stations, streetscapes, project engineering, document controls, constructability reviews and overall administrative activities as relates to supporting the lead design project manager and supports impacts associated with major construction activities with the lead construction project manager.
GC Tech’s Budget: $3,500,000
Contact: Tom Wilson, Parsons/Flatiron/Fluor, 213.243.5628
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS – TRANSPORTATION AND TRANSIT SERVICES FOR THE “ENCINO RESERVOIR AND STONE CANYON RESERVOIR
CLIENT: LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND POWER
PROJECT LOCATION: MULHOLLAND BOULEVARD, LOS ANGELES, CA
Community Outreach – lead
Public Participation – lead
Coordination with regulatory agencies – support
Design plan review – lead
2006: GC Tech, Inc., in association with CH2M & Hill provided technical environmental impact advisory services to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power associated with its redevelopment of two major hillside reservoirs located along Mulholland Blvd, in the Santa Monica Mountains and in two separate high income neighborhoods, located in environmentally sensitive wilderness-like communities, nearby the I-405 freeway, between the SR 101 Freeway and Sunset Blvd., in Brentwood, abutting the Bel Air community.
GC Tech performed technical transportation and truck/construction vehicle traffic impact update analysis, construction impact management and planning for the proposed enhancement of these two existing water reservoir plants, pumping stations and distribution systems located on the mountainous Westside section of Los Angeles, above the City of Beverly Hills and above the Encino section of Los Angeles. Documentation reviews were coordinated with Caltrans, the California PUC, Regional Water Quality District and AQMD.
GCT updated the transportation and traffic sections of the initial California-mandated Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that was initially prepared for a much larger proposed project. The firm participated in conveying (Public Hearings, Local Community Meetings and City Council Meetings) how this planned major capital improvement project, sponsored by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power is intended to upgrade existing facilities, while minimizing disruption of vehicular traffic on local residents and commuters who travel along already congested, dangerous, curvy corridors such as Sunset Boulevard and Stone Canyon. The schedule for the project was driven by timelines determined by the State of California Health Services Department. The firm was also responsible for sorting, interpreting and responding to community/neighborhood concerns and issues related to the projected physical conditions during the year-long construction phase. Emphasis was placed on the debris removal hauling routes, time of day of hauls and type of truck haulers and frequencies of movement along winding, two lane, hilly roadways.
GC Tech assisted in developing an information response system to document comments related to the proposed traffic impacts and it was responsible for assisting the prime respond to comments raised not only by residents, but by their lawyers, Los Angeles City Council representatives and Los Angeles County representatives and elected officials.
Contact: Tom Peters, retired/former Project Manager, CH2M Hill, Los Angeles Office
LOS ANGELES GOLD LINE LIGHT RAIL DESIGN-BUILD EASTSIDE EXTENSION PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION
CLIENT: LOS ANGELES EASTSIDE CONSTRUCTORS
PROJECT: METRO GOLD LINE EASTSIDE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT EXTENSION
LOCATION: EAST LOS ANGELES
User Education and QA/QC on Vehicles – support
CADD – lead
Utility and regulatory agency coordination – support
Project Design Administrative Assistance – lead
Document Controls – lead
2004: 1. GC Tech, Inc., was part of a team of design-build professionals selected to perform technical design document controls, design reviews and planning to assist in keeping this $760 million dollar, 14-mile Gold Line Extension from Union Station to Whittier Blvd. The firm monitored schedules and programmed milestones within budget by maintaining the status of subcontractors’ progress.
This national competition resulted in this contract being awarded by the Los Angeles Metro to the Eastside LRT Constructors, a team that is led by the joint venture of Washington Group International (constructors) and DMJM-Harris (designers). This contract was partially funded by the FTA combined with local matching funds from L.A. County. This team is responsible for stations, track work and systems for this 14-mile LRT extension from downtown to Whittier, thus completing the initial line from Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles.
Furthermore, GC Tech duties include CAD design, administrative planning, organizing and supervising documentation of recordings of weekly, bi-monthly, monthly and quarterly status reports, bookkeeping and accounting reporting directly to the project manager and regional financial manager regarding all 13 subcontractors implementation of new technologies in the planning of security improvements in transportation and facility infrastructure.
2006: 2. GC Tech supported LTK on the Gold Line Vehicle Acquisition Services contract and served as lead QA/QC analyst, documentation reviews, first article inspection and reviewed all of the training manuals prepared by the vehicle manufacturer, Brada from Italy.
This contract further expands the firm’s existing technical program management capabilities, project status controls, design and construction documentation and planning of facilities and public infrastructure.
CONTACT: David Levy, P.E., Project Manager, AECOM / DMJM, 213.593.8000
COMMUNITY OUTREACH, DESIGN FOR INNOVATIVE SOUND WALL
CLIENT: LA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT WEST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE
PROJECT NAME: LIGHT WEIGHT, INNOVATIVE SOUND WALL
PROJECT LOCATION: LOS ANGELES, CA
Design plan reviews
Media package, advertising
Coordination with construction contractors
2009: This project involved the technical review and analysis of the design concepts, specifications and drawings related to the design and construction of a ¼ mile access road connecting the West Los Angeles campus with abutting arterials but shielding the nearby residential community from the noise caused by the new roadway.
GC Tech’s ROLE: The firm provided concept reviews and technical assistance for the acceptance of a solution to attenuating noises on the campus, located in Culver City, nearby the I-405 Freeway, on ramp at Slauson Avenue. Furthermore, the firm served a designer and distributor’s representative for Insulock, the manufacturer of a 2-pound polyurethane block which is being used a materials to build a 1,000 foot, 8 ft high noise wall. This wall takes 25% of the time to build versus concrete masonry units, and costs 30% of the CMU, and is easier to maintain with regard to re-painting over spray painting caused by taggers.
GC Tech’s Budget: $300,000
Contact: Bob Miller, Project Manager, Turner, WLA Campus of the L.A. Community College District, 310.202.1806
PUBLIC UTILITY DESIGN, FUNDING, OUTREACH STRATEGIC COORDINATION
CLIENT: LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF WATER AND POWER
PROJECT: GRANT FUNDING SERVICES / SCATTERGOOD DESALINATION PILOT PROJECT
PROJECT LOCATION: PLAYA DEL REY AND CITYWIDE
Design plan reviews
Public Outreach Program Plan
Community Stakeholders Development
2007: GC Tech, Inc., a Small, Minority Business Enterprise was awarded a multi-year contract in association with Bookman-Edmonston in a competitive bid to perform technical consulting services for the DWP.
The firm was responsible for leading tasks related to: 1) development of communications protocol for the DWP Water Services Organization; 2) development of public outreach programs and 3) legislative liaison activities. The firm was responsible for communicating and coordinating with potential project partners within other City Departments and non-governmental organizations. Its other role ensured the transfer of knowledge in grantsmanship by working with DWP personnel in all aspects of the outside funding acquisition process. All of these activities were geared to assisting the client identify and actually apply for potential financial sources in which DWP is eligible to apply for grant funding, such as Prop 50 Water funding.
Furthermore, the firm prepared the Public Outreach / Public Partnership Plan for the DWP’s “Scattergood Power Plant-Desalination Pilot Project” in Playa del Rey. This document serves as the overall base manual for the development of the first “desalting” plant in Los Angeles County.
This contract further expands the firm’s extensive technical management and public outreach on large infrastructure and water program/project design engineering analyses capabilities with local utility companies, agencies and public regulatory agencies. Furthermore, it widens our management and technical consulting services geared to communication, training services to better enable utilities to generate revenue to underwrite capital facilities expansions, water systems consulting and financial management for multiple public agency coordination/participation.
Contact: Alvin Bautista, Project Manager, DWP Water Resources, 213.367.1096
COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
CLIENT: LOS ANGELES METRO
PROJECT NAME: WEST SIDE TRANSIT CENTER LAND SWAP
PROJECT LOCATION: WEST LOS ANGELES, CA
Design plan reviews
Media package, advertising
2006: This project involved the technical review and analysis of the design concepts, specifications and drawings related to the relocation of the existing Venice Bus Maintenance Facility to a new site located in the rear of See’s Candy on LaCienaga and Jefferson.
GC Tech’s ROLE: The firm provided concept reviews and technical assistance for the acceptance of the controversial “yards and shops” and assured the surrounding neighborhood appropriate consideration that safety elements, such as noise abatement, visual and aesthetics treatments, ease of turn movement and air quality. Additional duties included determination of the key community stakeholders, elected officials for approval by the client, the City of Los Angeles, Fire Department and the utility companies. Vehicle performance standards were integrated with the other related elements of the system. Additional duties included plan checking, specification review and review of national standards which define a desired program of new acquisitions coupled with rebuilds that allow the industry to minimize its capital investment while maintaining the quality of its procured hardware.
The firm managed close coordination with the City of Los Angeles and City of Culver City and West Side community groups, neighborhood associations, chambers of commerce and merchant associations.
The firm is also currently under contract with the land developer, RAD, of the proposed site to assure that continuous monitoring and implementation of the community participation process complies with the LACMTA standards and that all required transit authority community affairs personnel are kept abreast of the progress of the project.
GC Tech’s Budget: $300,000
Contact: Jody Feerst Livtak, Project Manager, LACMTA, 213.922.6000
AIRPORT INFRASTRUCTURE, PROGRAM PLANNING, DESIGN AND OUTREACH CONSULTING SERVICES
CLIENT: LOS ANGELES WORLD AIRPORTS (LAWA)
PROJECT: CONCESSIONS MANAGEMENT STRATEGIC PROGRAM PLAN
LOCATION: LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, LOS ANGELES, CA
Mechanical, Electrical Plumbing (MEP) Engineering Capacity Analysis
User / Public Outreach
2005: LAX’s Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC), mandated that the Concessions Management Department determine the level of space availability at LAX to convert into useable, rentable retail space for existing and future concessionaires, in light of the significant drop in sales resulting from the impacts of 9-11 and the Homeland Security Administration’s requiring airports to rearrange security zones for their ticketed passengers, thus restricting non-ticketed passengers from entering shopping areas.
GC Tech’s Role: 2006-2009. For all nine terminals at LAX, GC Tech determined capacity requirements for increasing concessionaire space and layout at the airport. Reviewed existing documentation and as-built drawings and presented findings to the Concessions Management Department on the availability of utility resources to increase space for additional retail and food and beverage concessionaires. The firm performed 2,500 direct airport passenger surveys determining their concerns regarding amenities and their preferences for commercial / retail consumer products and types, brands of beverage and food establishments.
Distinctive Elements: Determined power generation deficiencies of the existing LAX Central Utility Plant to the 9 terminals
GC Tech’s Budget: $180,000
Contact Person: Karen Tober, Director, Concessions Management, 310.646.7393
CALTRANS STATE ROUTE 101 FREEWAY – SAN FERNANDO VALLEY INNOVATIVE “LIGHT WEIGHT” SOUND WALL DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
CLIENT: CALTRANS – BETHEL LUTHERAN CHURCH AND PRE-SCHOOL
PROJECT: SOUND WALL “DESIGN-BUILD”, ALONG CALTRANS R-O-W
LOCATION: ENCINO, CALIFORNIA
Planning, engineering designs, construction management
Permits and regulatory approvals
1991-2009: Caltrans Statewide Sound Wall Program sought innovative methods to use non-traditional approaches for building sound walls along freeways abutting residential and other sensitive receptor areas. The subject sound wall, built in 1991, has exceeded its 15-year warranty period, responds well to routine re-painting necessitated by taggers, and withstood the 1994 Northridge Earthquake better than other standard, concrete walls, many of which cracked. The church and pre-school are pleased with it and Caltrans prides this “pilot” demonstration project as its premier solution to “cheaper, quicker and better” approach to sound walls.
GC Tech’s ROLE: Senior personnel of the firm served as facilitators in the overall public outreach and stakeholder/consensus building with Bethel Lutheran Church & Pre-school, Caltrans District 7 Sound Wall Division, and Caltrans inspectors. The firm prepared civil engineering and construction supervision for this project, which involved erecting a 300 ft. long, 11 ft. high, sound wall made of environmental-friendly polyurethane materials, manufactured by Insulock, Inc. The firm coordinated with Caltrans Right-of-Way an easement for footing to erect this wall along the SR 101 Freeway, near the White Oak exit, in a residential area. Furthermore, the firm led engineering design, permits application preparation and approvals from the Caltrans Structures Division in Sacramento and furthermore, monitored the required sound tests performed by Western Acoustical Laboratories, a foremost, renowned sound lab located in Santa Monica, CA.
The firm served as task leader for public outreach and coordinated project adaptability with local elected officials, neighborhood groups, and the design-build team.
GC Tech’s Budget :$25,500
Contact:Deborah Robertson, Deputy Director, Caltrans District 7, 213.897.4314
HEAVY RAIL TRANSIT FACILITIES UPGRADES
CLIENT: WASHINGTON METRO AREA TRANSIT AUTHORITY
PROJECT: GENERAL ARCHITECTURE/ENGINEERING CONSULTING
LOCATION: WASHINGTON, D.C.
Electrical Engineering Design
Community Outreach – Transit Oriented Development
2006-2011: WMATA operates 87 heavy rail stations serving the D.C. region, including Maryland and Virginia and as such several of these aging stations need renovation, vehicles need quality reviews, station areas need assessments to determine higher and best uses and capacity planning. Furthermore, systems installed when the services began in 1978 are being enhanced to undergo major upgrades to facilitate new technology and state-of-the-art changes for the Nation’s Capital transit system.
GC Tech’s Role: The firm performs community outreach for the systemwide program plan for Transit Oriented Developments at selected stations, such as Largo Station in Maryland and assists in planning for the consultant joint venture of Parsons Transportation Group, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Delon Hampton Associates, known as P2D.
GC Tech provides support for planning in the areas of transit station area development studies, Visual Preference Surveys, electrical engineering upgrade design reviews for stations, system wide maintenance of way, and maintenance facilities. Other duties include electrical engineering, information state-of-the-art integration of communications systems in tunnels and throughout stations, stations layout and reconfigurations. The firm’s electrical engineers perform numerous design documentation and drawings for AC and battery rooms upgrades, which in effect, assist in increasing the candle watt power for improved lighting at station platform and mezzanine levels in the subway.
Contact: James Richer, Parsons, (P2D) Project Manager, P2D, 202.775.3300
DESIGN/BUILD “TURNKEY” DEMONSTRATION PROJECT MANAGEMENT
CLIENT: FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION
PROJECT: ISTEA TURNKEY “DESIGN-BUILD” DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM
Review of plans, engineering designs, construction
Financial alternatives and recommendations
Design reviews; community outreach analysis
Procurement reviews, cost estimates
1994 – 2000. A national program was initiated by the 1991 ISTEA which stipulated that federal funding would be made available to support several “design-build” projects wherein a single contract would be used to design and construct transit facilities. This type of approach was attempted in Puerto Rico (TREN URBANO & BRT); Baltimore (LRT EXTENTION); Los Angeles, (Union Station Gateway) and San Francisco (BART EXTENTION TO SFO). These cities competed in national competition and completed all stages of “Turnkey” development quicker and less costly than the design-bid-build traditional approach.
GC Tech’s ROLE: Personnel of the firm served as facilitators in the overall evaluation of the national program and developed criteria, procedures and policy statements therein. The firm served as prime/lead evaluator for the Union Station Gateway (“LACMTA Administrative Headquarters and Transportation Mall”) design-build project and collaborated with several other firms such as Booz, Allen & Hamilton; EG&G Dynatrend, Nossaman, Guntner et al, and KPMG to develop the national program from the concept stages to an implementation program. Members of the firm also provided the FTA with on-call services in the areas of Financial Options, DBE policy and Construction Options for transit agencies. The firm facilitated the design process and single-handedly yielded $80 million of federal funding for the Union Station Gateway Transit Mall located at the base level of the MTA Headquarter Building.
Other tasks involved preparing documentation on Vendor Outreach, Risk Assessments, Claims and Dispute Resolutions and Organization Management analysis.
GC Tech’s Budget: $650,000
Contact: Edward Thomas, former Associate Deputy, FTA, USDOT Headquarters, 301.646.3301
MICHIGAN HIGH SPEED RAIL, PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH
CLIENT: MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
PROJECT: MICHIGAN HIGH SPEED RAIL CORRIDOR
LOCATION: NILES, MICHIGAN
Safety warning aspects
Engineering design of private railroad crossings
The Michigan DOT was designated as the lead agency to spearhead the effort that ensured locomotive train speeds to be increased from 79 mph to 110 mph, where allowed along long stretches between Detroit and Chicago, in order to increase service between these major cities. This was one of six national demonstration projects that were funded in part by the Federal Railway Administration of the USDOT. Trains were tested and now travel at increased speeds.
GC Tech’s Role: Served as on-call services prime contractor to design private crossing analyses for twenty sections along the railroad track between Niles and Battle Creek, Michigan.
The firm performed site surveying of the designated crossing along the track via flyovers of surveillance maps and performed isometric, 3-D designs of the crossings. The firm designed three signs with wording “Train”, “Wait/Watch” and provided signage aspects for fixed signs and wording for a proposed LED, electronic warning apparatus.
The firm coordinated its activities with the sponsoring agency, AMTRAK’s Chicago Regional Office, the AMTRAK Philadelphia Signal Department and with the MDOT project management department.
Contact: Larry Light, Tom Hunter, National Railroad Passenger Corp, 215.349.4220
CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL MITIGATION PROGRAM
CLIENT: LOS ANGELES ALAMEDA CORRIDOR TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY (ACTA)
PROJECT NAME: TRENCH “TURNKEY, DESIGN-BUILD” PROJECT
PROJECT LOCATION: CARSON, CA
Outreach to Regulatory Agencies
Environmental Audits and Clearance
Federal (FTA) Safety Requirements Reviews
1998: ACTA provided a design-build contract to the Joint Venture team of Tudor/RM Parsons/HNTB to construct an 8-mile trench that accommodates two railroad tracks and two roadways to move freight traffic from points east of downtown Los Angeles to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The design budget was $50 million and construction budget of the project was $750 million.
GC Tech’s ROLE: Provided environmental audits based on constructability reviews on the railroad/roadway segment built in cut and cover and which traverses through more than six jurisdictions, including Los Angeles County, cities of Compton, Lynwood, South Gate, Vernon, Huntington Park and Los Angeles. Tasks completed, including public participation, assured the design-build team that environmental mitigation/construction and safety permits were prepared, submitted and approved by all jurisdictions concerned. Other activities included utilities coordination and plan checking.
The firm provided the joint venture team with all associated permits so as to allow the construction management team to proceed with first level excavation without delay and with full approval by all jurisdictions.
GC Tech’s Budget: $150,000
Contact: John Doherty, Project Manager, Alameda Corridor, 310.650.2066
CIVIL, STATION AND FACILITIES DESIGN & ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
CLIENT: NEW ORLEANS REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY
1. PROJECT NAME: “CANAL CORRIDOR”
2. PROJECT NAME: “STREET CAR NAMED DESIRE CORRIDOR”
PROJECT LOCATION: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
Site planning, CAD design
2002: The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) embarked upon the final design phase of the implementation of a new 8-mile light rail transit “Canal Corridor” light rail transit line connecting downtown New Orleans with City Park. This new passenger rail line will augment the existing “Streetcar Named Desire” and feeder bus system.
In tandem with the Canal Corridor Project is the Streetcar Named Desire Extension, which proposes a 6-mile extension along the Mississippi River and abutting the French Quarter.
1. GC Tech’s ROLE: GC Tech was responsible for the overall design development and management of stations and facilities maintained in the “historic motif”, civil alignment, systems engineering and safety management. Serving as Design Manager, the firm reported directly to the program management firm and the transit agency and assessed all work performed by subcontractors, equipment suppliers and vehicle builders. Studies considered use of Bus Rapid Transit applications to feed into the new light rail transit system.
Additional duties include claims dispute resolutions, environmental mitigation measure(s) recommendations, client liaison and design review and presentation to the RTA and also to the Regional Office (Ft. Worth, Texas) of FTA.
GC Tech’s Budget: $450,000 Contact: Janice Abadie, RTA Manager, 504.2483859
2. GC Tech’s ROLE: In association with Parsons Brinckerhoff, G C Tech is responsible for the concept and project implementation plan for the all of the Community Participation and Outreach for the proposed 6-mile extension of the Desire Corridor. The firm participates in the Alternative Analysis/Major Investments Study and monitors transportation impacts and demolition implementation action plan and presents status updates to the community and the RTA.
GC Tech’s Budget: $250,000
Contact: James Baker, RTA Manager, 504.248.3871
CIVIL DESIGN, UTILITY COORDINATION & ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS
CLIENT:STATE OF DELAWARE
PROJECT NAME:amtrak-wILMINGTON TRANSIT CENTER, PHASE III DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
LOCATION: WILMINGTON, DELAWARE
Site planning, CAD design
Utility agency Community Outreach and Coordination with private and public owners
Design review and document review
2004: $3 million dollars were spent for numerous physical enhancements to the existing Wilmington-AMTRAK Multimodal Passenger Transit Center. The reconstruction change involved re-configuring the circulation pattern for buses, autos and pedestrians utilizing the train station and landscape/roadway redesign.
GC Tech’s ROLE: In association with DMJM/Harris, G C Tech participated in CAD design, verification of utility layout and locations with private and public owners of water, sewer, drainage, cable, telephone, electrical and fiber optic lines located above and below ground within the 8-block target improvement area.
The firm utilized design professionals to assure that 30%, 80% and 100% level design drawings were handed to the designated utility owners and the City of Wilmington. Duties include design and construction management for planned physical improvements, including (historic) building improvements, railway, roadway reconstruction, bridge improvements, track demolition, grade crossings and affected utility upgrades and utility coordination and permit approvals.
GC Tech’s Budget: $50,000
Contact: Fred Shapiro, P.E., former Project Manager, 215.735.0832
PROGRAM MANAGEMENT OVERSIGHT CONTRACTS (PMOC)
CLIENT:FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION
PROJECT NAME:PROJECT MANAGEMENT OVERSIGHT CONTRACT
1. PROJECT LOCATION: “SOUNDER COMMUTER RAIL” SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
2. PROJECT LOCATION: “NORTHSHORE L.R.T.” PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA
3. PROJECT LOCATION: “METRO L.R.T. EXTENSION” – HOUSTON, TEXAS
Fire, Life Safety Program Plans and Reviews
Project Controls, Scheduling, Utility Reviews
Environmental Management Reviews
Emergency Response Program Plans
2000: The FTA selected GC Tech, Inc. to provide monitoring assistance for preliminary and final design engineering, construction, environmental reviews and technical support for the development of two “new start” rail systems. These systems included the Sound Transit Light Rail Transit ($1.7 billion) project and the LINK Commuter Rail ($150 million), which connects Downtown Seattle with Tacoma near the Seatac Airport. The FTA funded the purchase of the LINK’s rail vehicles and more than 70% of the light rail project. G C Tech, Inc. also performs similar duties with Stone & Webster, Inc. on the Pittsburgh LRT South Line Extension new start project budgeted at under $400 million.
1. GC Tech’s ROLE: In addition to performing detailed environmental reviews, the firm completed engineering reviews for prime, Gannett-Fleming, and completed monitoring the Puget Sound Transit Authority’s Community Outreach and Public Participation which also involved Environmental Justice issues. The firm also completed technical reports and monitoring of the LINK Emergency Response Program Plan and provided FTA with areas of concern with regard to the agency’s approach to addressing safety, security and hazardous and emergency conditions that affect train operations and safety. Additional duties performed by the firm include Fire, Life Safety Program Plan reviews. The Sound Transit LRT system required the firm to provide design and environmental reviews.
2. GC Tech’s ROLE: Over the last several years the firm has participated by providing technical feasibility assessments to Shaw Infrastructure on the organization management structure for the Pittsburgh Area Transit as well as funding and financial capacity, and program controls regarding scheduling review, cost estimates and personnel available to design, build and operate the extended LRT system as well as evaluate the design cost estimates for the HOV Bus Rapid Transit to Pittsburgh International Airport.
3. GC Tech’s ROLE: Performed Capacity Analysis for a planned, two corridor, 50-mile Bus Rapid Transit plan connecting downtown Houston with point north of the City. For the prime, Shaw Infrastructure, we have evaluated a plan for converting the planned BRT to a five-corridor Light Rail Transit plan, also connecting the downtown CBD with points to the north and west.
GC Tech’s Combined Budget: $975,000
Contact: Steve Asatoorian, PMOC Program Administrator, FTA, 202.366.1649
BUS OPERATIONS SAFETY PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT PLANS
CLIENT: USDOT – FTA OMNIBUS CONTRACT
PROJECT: 1.SAFETY TOOLBOX FOR CHILDREN RIDING TRANSIT
PROJECT 2.CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES UPDATE
Safety Program Outreach
Booklets for Target Groups
PROJECT 1. DESCRIPTION:
2001: As a part of the FTA Bus Safety Demonstration program, GC Tech, Inc. in association with Battelle, leads an FTA-sponsored child safety and training program by developing information including graphics, narrative and artwork for each categorical age group. This includes orientation to planning groups involved with implementation of signage for safe use of Bus Rapid Transit as well as school bus and transit bus systems. Some of the medium use is materials that depict a “tool box” of vital safety tip information.
GC Tech’s Budget: $50,000
PROJECT 2. DESCRIPTION:
2001-2002. G C Tech, Inc. performs detailed reviews of Construction Management Guideline documents that are geared to provide guidelines to transit authorities as they build facilities and systems. Reviews include use of design-build procedures for bus and rail and also integrate newly instituted safety and security standards recently established by the USDOT, since the 9-11 Disaster.
GC Tech’s Budget: $100,000
Contact: Dave Wagner, former Project Manager, Battelle, 614.424.4021
NEW YORK CITY EASTSIDE ACCESS PROJECT DESIGN DEVELOPMENT PLANS
CLIENT: NY CITY METRO TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY/LONG ISLAND RAILROAD
PROJECT: EAST SIDE ACCESS PROJECT
LOCATION: MANHATTAN, NEW YORK
Electrical Design Drawings
2009: As a part of the $3 billion, subway connection between Manhattan and Long Island, GC Tech is under contract with the General Engineering Consultant, joint venture of PBQD/STV and Parsons Transportation Group, to prepare detailed electrical engineering designs.
Currently, the firm provides and augmentation of engineering services, including but not limited to AC supply, design support for planning in the areas of transit station studies, electrical engineering upgrade design reviews for stations, system wide maintenance of way, and maintenance facilities. Other duties include electrical engineering, information systems integration of communications systems in tunnels and throughout stations, stations layout and reconfigurations.
We also assist with review, evaluation and submit shop drawings and conducts investigations and surveys, and offsite inspections and incorporates appropriate and proper design modifications and resolutions to technical and design issues.
GC Tech’s Budget: $250,000
Contact: Raj Ganeriwal, P.E., PBQD/STV/Parsons Transportation Group, 202.775.3300
LOS ANGELES METRO BLUE LINE RAIL VEHICLE AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING CONSULTANT SERVICES BENCH
CLIENT: LOS ANGELES METRO TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
PROJECT: METRO BLUE LINE SYSTEM REHABILITATION
LOCATION: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
CADD and Engineering Services
2009: As a part of a $250 million rehab project, GC Tech teamed with Systra and Booz, Allen and Hamilton on the aging Metro Blue Line Resignaling, Overhead Catenary Systems Rehab and SCADA Track Circuit Integration to enhance the overall service for this light rail transit system, which started operations in 1991.
Currently, the firm provides document control management and will be performing Quality Controls and Quality Assurance services for the over all project managers. The firm is responsible for equipment and and drawings updates tied to the upgrades of platform modifications, and maintenance of way changes which have occurred since the start up of the Blue Line in 1990. Furthermore the firm performs reviews of Emergency Response Inventory Manual and Training Graphics updates; Computer-based Training Modules and Data Management for the 5-year project /contract duration.
The firm also supports review, evaluation and submits shop drawings and conduct on-call investigations and surveys, and offsite inspections and incorporates appropriate and proper design modifications and resolutions to technical and design issues.
GC Tech’s Budget: $250,000
Contact: Helmut Schweitzer, P.E., SystraUSA, 213.775.3300
CITY OF LOS ANGELES PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
CLIENT:LOS ANGELES BUREAU OF SANITATION
PROJECT:COACHING AND TRAINING OF PROJECT MANAGERS
LOCATION: LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
QA/QC for Designers and Construction Project Managers
Business Management Practice Services; Mentoring
2009: As a part of the City of Los Angeles’s initiatives to become competitive in the world of change management, the Bureau of Sanitation hired the team of MWH and GC Tech to serve as consultants on the orientation for the re-orientation of how the department will operate as per the newly adopted Project Management Guidelines Manual. GC Tech teamed with MWH to perform direct coaching and training for five project managers engaged in overall enhancement of the efficiencies in the manner that business is conducted at the Bureau.
Currently, the firm provides document control assistance and provide actual direct, face-to-face interviews to assist project managers indentify goals and determine management methods as relates to “Lessons Learned” and “Best Practice” as presented in the department’s PMG Manual, which provides work flow processes related to all facets of the department, ranging from the issuance of a request for proposal, to Preparation of a Board Report to processing amendments and project close outs. Focus is placed on project life cycle and emphasizes performing Quality Controls and Quality Assurance services for the over all project manager.
The firm will also support review, evaluation and submits shop drawings and conduct on-call investigations and surveys, and offsite inspections and incorporates appropriate and proper design modifications and resolutions to technical and design issues.
GC Tech’s Budget: $50,000
Contact: Michael Simpson, P.E., Project Manager, Bureau of Sanitation, 323.342.6047