A team led by Parsons Brinckerhoff and HOK bested four other high-profile groups to design a $180-million regional intermodal transportation center in Anaheim, Calif. The project is the first of what could be a three-phased effort for expanded regional rail service and a possible high-speed line to Las Vegas. The Anaheim City Council selected the team on May 26 for the $24.3-million design contract over teams led by RMJM, linked with Gehry Partners and AECOM; Parsons Corp. and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill; Pelli Clarke Pelli Architect and AAI Architects Inc.; and Foster + Partners and Gruen Associates. Anaheim Public Works
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.