The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority on July 2 issued a Notice of Recommended Award to Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of Chantilly, Va., to design and build the rail yard and maintenance facility for Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project.
The announcement of the Notice of Recommended Award formally identifies Hensel Phelps as the apparent successful offeror for the contract, but does not constitute a final award of the contract.
The announcement follows an MWAA review of Hensel Phelps’ $252,989,000 proposal, which was determined to meet all necessary requirements. Hensel Phelps’ price proposal was the lowest of the four received.
The Notice of Recommended Award is the latest step in a competitive procurement process. MWAA will now request additional documentation from the team, including insurance certificates and payment and performance bonds. A final award of the contract is expected in July with completion of the project anticipated in approximately five years.
The design-build contract for the rail yard and maintenance facility is the second and final major contract for Phase 2 of the Silver Line Project. Package A, which includes the construction of six stations, 11.4 miles of track and guideways and wayside components, was awarded in May 2013 to Capital Rail Constructors, a team consisting of Clark Construction Group and Kiewit Infrastructure South Co.
The Silver Line project is being built in two parts by MWAA and undertaken in partnership with Loudoun and Fairfax counties and the commonwealth of Virginia. In May 2014 Phase 1, which connects to the Orange Line in Falls Church, Va., and runs to Wiehle Avenue in Reston, Va., has set an anticipated opening date of July 26, 2014. Early construction on Phase 2, which will run from Wiehle Avenue to Washington Dulles International Airport and beyond into Loudoun County, Va., has started.