24 firms show interest in Green Line Extension work
Twenty-four companies from 11 states have submitted Letters of Interest to the MBTA regarding a desire to provide Construction Management/General Contractor (CM/CG) services for completing the Green Line Extension (GLX) to Somerville and Medford.
The CM/GC project delivery method is an alternative to the traditional Design/Build or Design/Bid/Build methods. The state has authorized the MBTA to use it on the final planning, design and construction of the Green Line project.
According to the MBTA, this delivery method incorporates procedures to better control the schedule, budget, and quality, and is expected to allow the MBTA to better plan for and manage risks, to enhance quality, decrease cost, and compress the delivery period.
Ten Massachusetts companies submitted Letters of Interest, including Barletta Heavy Division of Canton, which last fall was awarded the contract for Phase 1 of the GLX. That contract, which calls for the widening of two rail bridges and demolishing a building, was awarded as a traditional Design/Bid/Build contract. Barletta is awaiting a Notice to Proceed to begin work, which is to be completed in 2014.
The CM/CG method will be used for Phases 2 through 4 of the project, which includes the construction of six Green Line stations, a maintenance and storage facility, and power substations, track, signal, systems, and viaduct work; roadway and intersection improvements; and Preconstruction Services. That work is to be conducted between 2013 and 2018.
The next step for firms interested in being considered for the CM/GC work is to respond to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), which the MBTA issued January 9. Those submissions are due on February 14. (Submission of a Letter of Interest was not a prerequisite for responding to the RFQ).
Following review of the RFQ submissions, the MBTA plans to issue a Request for Proposals in March, and then award the contract this summer.
The list of companies that submitted Letters of Interest, the Request for Qualifications, and the CM/GC Procurement Manual can be found on the MBTA website under Bidding and Solicitations.