Two prominent joint ventures were chosen this week for dam and prison hospital replacement projects in Northern California, totaling more than $800 million in construction costs, while a group of six JVs were named as finalists for a major subway tunneling job. 

First off, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) awarded a $259-million construction contract to the joint venture of Dragados, USA/Sukut Construction, Inc./Flatiron West, Inc. to rebuild the Calaveras Dam and a $45.3-million contract to Contri Construction of Las Vegas for the installation of the eastern segment of an additional pipeline as part of the San Joaquin Pipeline System.
The project is the largest contract in the $4.6-billion Water System Improvement Program and the pipeline contract represents the last of the WSIP Central Valley projects to be awarded, according to Ed Harrington, SFPUC general manager.
Construction will begin in August with an anticipated completion date in late 2015. 

Another good thing: The JV exceeded the 5% local and regional businesses participation goal with nearly 7%, representing a monetary award of $18 million. Some of the larger awards went to Lynn Lefevre Welding (San Mateo), STI Trucking (Santa Clara), Tom Mayo Construction (San Joaquin), Western Erectors (Tuolumne), Frank Olsen (Alameda) and A-1 Protective Services (San Francisco).

Meanwhile, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Prison Health Care Services (CPHCS) selected the joint venture of Clark Construction Group, LLC and McCarthy Building Cos., Inc. in association with HDR Architects to build the second phase of the California Health Care Facility (CHCF) Stockton.

Clark/McCarthy will be responsible for construction of housing for 1,722 patient-inmates, a diagnostics and treatment center, program spaces, and administrative support buildings. The contract is valued at approximately $512 million.

The CHCF Stockton project will also result in a significant positive impact for the Stockton/San Joaquin community, creating more than $1 billion in economic activity associated with construction, and adding approximately 2,400 permanent jobs once the facility is complete, says the CDCR.

Construction is anticipated to last approximately two years.

And the six joint-venture partnerships submitting bids for the second phase of the $225-million Third Street Light Rail project in San Francisco, also called the Central Subway, were Shea Traylor JV ($257.8 million), Barnard Impregilo Healy JV ($233.6 million), Frontier-Kemper/Tutor Perini JV ($296.3 million), Obayashi Corp./Kenny Construction Co. JV ($274.5 million), Judlau + Shimmick JV ($266.8 million) and Dragados USA-Flatiron West JV ($234.8 million). 

The winning bid will be announced by the end of July, according to Paul Rose, spokesman for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), the project’s owner and manager. Parsons Brinckerhoff/Telamon JV is the engineer.

The project consists of 1.7-mile twin-bore tunnels from the rail line’s Embarcadero station and the Caltrain station at Fourth and King streets to Chinatown on Stockton Street. Construction is scheduled to begin in August and will take 40 months to complete.