Wong-Harris to manage CHSRA’s Central Valley construction

Written by Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor
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California High-Speed Rail Rail Authority

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) Board of Directors selected PGH Wong Engineering, Inc., and Harris & Associates to provide additional oversight and management of contractors who will build the initial 30-mile stretch of high-speed rail from Madera to Fresno, Calif.

“We’re proud to say both companies that won the Project and Construction Management (PCM) contract are California-based firms with extensive experience in transit delivery and design-build programs in California and around the nation,” said Jeff Morales, CEO of the California High-Speed Rail Authority. “They have also achieved the authority’s goal of having 30 percent small business participation and of the small businesses that will provide PCM services, more than 50 percent are located in the Central Valley.”

Wong-Harris will work with CHSRA to oversee the contractors that will be selected to design and construct the backbone of the high-speed rail project. Wong-Harris will provide extra oversight of inspection and testing, construction safety and security, technical and environmental compliance, document control and public outreach. CHSRA notes the purpose of this oversight is to ensure that construction is managed properly and that taxpayers are getting a good value for their investment.

The PCM will be located at the Central Valley construction site with the design-build contractor. Under the contract, Wong-Harris could receive up to $34.9 million based on actual work performed.

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