Port of Long Beach Awards Design-Build Contract for the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved a $649.5 million dollar contract for the design and construction of a replacement for the Port of Long Beach’s obsolete and deteriorating Gerald Desmond Bridge.  The design-build agreement is the single largest contract ever awarded by the Port. 

A joint venture team headed by Shimmick Construction Co. Inc., FCC Construction S.A. and Impregilo S.p.A. (SFI) will design and construct the replacement bridge, which will rise more than 200 feet over the water and include a separate bicycle and pedestrian path.  The new bridge will be the first long-span cable-stayed bridge built in California and will enable post-Panamax ships greater access to the Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles.  Construction of the new bridge, designed to ease traffic and congestion and improve safety, is expected to start in 2013 and is scheduled for completion in 2016.  The Port of Long Beach and the California Department of Transportation jointly procured the project and the Los Angeles County Metro and U.S. Department of Transportation contributed additional funds for the project. 

The Gerald Desmond span, which opened in 1968, is a major commuting route for the region, and a major trade corridor, carrying 15 percent of all containerized cargo imported to the United States. The bridge connects Terminal Island, the heart of the port complex, with the Long Beach (710) Freeway as well as downtown Long Beach.

While the contract for the joint venture is about $650 million, the total cost of the overall bridge replacement project is estimated at about $1 billion, including site preparation, demolition and other considerations. Over the four years of construction and demolition, the work is expected to employ 5,000 people a year on average.

A Nossaman team advised the Port of Long Beach and its Board of Harbor Commissioners on procurement and contract issues for this high-profile and groundbreaking cable-stayed bridge project.

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Best Value Proposal Selection for Replacement of the Gerald Desmond Bridge

The Port of Long Beach and Caltrans have selected a team led by Shimmick Construction Company, Inc., FCC Construction S.A., and Impregilo S.p.A. as the apparent “best value” proposer for the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project design-build contract.  The Shimmick team had both the highest technical score and, at $649.5 million, the lowest proposal price to replace the existing span linking Interstate 710 to the Port of Long Beach.

The Port and Caltrans are jointly procuring the design-build portion of this project through California’s Design-Build Demonstration Program.  In addition to the Port and Caltrans, funding partners for the project include the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and United States Department of Transportation.  The Port expects construction activities to start in early 2013.

For more information regarding the apparent “best value” proposal selection, see this press release from the Port of Long Beach.
 
Patrick Harder co-authored this entry. 

Three Teams Submit Proposals to Replace the Gerald Desmond Bridge

The Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project reached a major milestone today when it received three proposals to replace the existing span linking Interstate 710 to the Port of Long Beach.  The Port of Long Beach and Caltrans are jointly procuring the design-build portion of the project - estimated to cost roughly $750 million - through California’s Design-Build Demonstration Program.

The three teams that submitted proposals are:

  • Dragados USA Inc./Flatiron West Inc/CC Myers Inc., A Joint Venture;
  • Shimmick Construction Company Inc./FCC Construction S.A./Impregilo S.p.A, A Joint Venture; and
  • Skanska/Traylor/Massman, A Joint Venture.

The Port and Caltrans released a Request for Proposals on Sept. 2, 2011, to the teams that were prequalified for the project. The Port expects to enter into the design-build contract by mid-summer 2012.

For more information regarding the project and the teams that submitted proposals, see this joint press release from the Port of Long Beach and Caltrans.

Port of Long Beach Issues RFQ for Gerald Desmond Bridge Project

On Wednesday, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved the $950 million Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project for one of 10 state project slots available under California’s Design-Build Demonstration Program. 

The CTC’s approval authorizes the Port of Long Beach and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to deliver the project using the best-value design-build method contemplated under the program.  The Port of Long Beach and Caltrans released the request for qualifications (RFQ) for the project’s design-build contract on November 5, 2010.   

"The new bridge will be an iconic structure for Long Beach that modernizes the Port and puts thousands of people to work over the 5-year building period," said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster.  “It is precisely the right project at the right time for California.”

The Port of Long Beach is one of the largest and busiest Ports in the world and functions as a major inter-modal center for cargo movement throughout the Western United States and beyond.  As the first cable-stayed bridge ever built in California, the new Gerald Desmond Bridge will be landmark for the Port and its surrounding communities.

As a top-tier project at one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking port facilities in the world, the Port of Long Beach expects a high level of interest in this project among the major national and global construction and engineering firms.

Points of Interest:

  • $950 million project
  • Complex construction of the first cable-stayed highway bridge in California
  • Final EIR/EA issued in July 2010
  • CEQA certified on August 9, 2010
  • Project cleared the environmental process on September 23, 2010
  • Received design-build authority from the California Transportation Commission on November 3, 2010

Port of Long Beach's $1B Gerald Desmond Bridge Project Reaches Major Milestone

The Port of Long Beach, one of the largest and busiest Ports in the world and a major inter-modal center for the cargo movement throughout the Western United States and beyond, has reached a major milestone in the approximately $1B plan to replace the Gerald Desmond Bridge on a design-build basis using the authority granted by California’s design-build demonstration program. As the first cable-stayed bridge ever built in California, the project is expected to be a landmark structure for the Port and surrounding communities.

On September 30, the Long Beach City Council approved the environmental impact report (EIR) for the project. The federal environmental approval for the Project is imminent, awaiting only a final signature. The Port expects to issue a request for qualifications as early as the first week in November following the anticipated approval of the project under the design-build demonstration program by the California Transportation Commission. There will be a lot of interest in this project among the major global construction and engineering firms. It’s a signature project at one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking port facilities in the world.

Points of Interest:

  • $1B design-build project
  • Received approval from Long Beach City Council on September 30, 2010
  • Innovative procurement under the same California statute as P3s
  • Complex construction of first cable stay bridge on this scale in California history
  • A vital route for cargo, the bridge carries about 15 percent of the nation’s goods