Five teams vie for California HSR Phase 2 construction contract

Written by Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) received five qualified bids for the next 60-mile phase of high-speed rail construction from Fresno south to the Tulare-Kern County line near Bakersfield, a contract worth $1.5 to $2 billion.


“These five, world-class construction teams represent international interest in helping deliver California’s high-speed rail project, a transformative investment in California’s future,” said Jeff Morales, CEO of CHSRA. “CHSRA will carefully review these applications and select the most highly-qualified firms to submit proposals to design and build the next 60 miles of high-speed rail.”

Statements of qualifications were received by California Rail Builders: Ferrovial Agroman US Corp. and Granite Construction Company; Dragados/Flatiron/Shimmick: Dragados USA, Inc., Flatiron West, Inc. and Shimmick Construction Co., Inc.; Golden State Rail Partnership: OHL USA, Inc. and Samsung E&C America, Inc.; Skanska-Ames a Joint Venture: Skanska USA Civil West California District Inc. and Ames Construction, Inc. and Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons, a Joint Venture: Tutor Perini Corporation, Zachry Construction Corporation and Parsons Transportation Group Inc.

CHSRA will now review the applications and establish a list of the most qualified firms to provide design-build services for the project. Firms will be selected based on experience, technical competency, ability to perform and other factors. The qualified firms will then be eligible to submit formal design-build proposals in 2014.

The selected design-build firm will be responsible for delivering final designs for bridges, culverts, trenches and tunnels, utility relocations, aerial structures, grade separations, security and drainage. The environmental clearance for the route is already underway and is anticipated to be final by summer 2014.


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