MONROVIA, Calif., May 31, 2017 — Nothing turns out a crowd at 8 a.m. quite like free coffee, tea, pastries, breath-mint tchotchkes … and the opportunity to win a piece of the nearly $1.4 billion in business up for grabs when the six-station Foothill Gold Line light rail project from Glendora to Montclair breaks ground in October.
The Wednesday morning event, dubbed the Foothill Gold Line Industry Workshop, drew to the DoubleTree Hotel in Monrovia more than 200 small business representatives and prime contractors interested in upcoming business opportunities with the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority.
Construction Authority officials stepped attendees through the various procurement processes and timelines. Attendees also learned about the Construction Authority’s Small Business Enterprise (SBE) program, which has a goal of 16.6% participation by SBEs in all contracts.
“Today’s Industry Workshop marks the beginning of the procurement phase for the Glendora to Montclair project; a day many of us have been tirelessly working towards for many years,” said Doug Tessitor, Chairman of the Foothill Gold Line board of directors. “With Measure M’s passage last November, the majority of the funding needed for the project was secured; and because the Construction Authority was able to complete the segment from Pasadena to Azusa under budget, we are able to kick the Glendora to Montclair segment off a few years earlier than anticipated in Measure M, using residual Measure R funds.”
Two significant contracts will be procured in the next 18 months by the Construction Authority for the project – (1) Utility Relocation design-bid-build contract and (2) Alignment design-build contract. The Requests for Bids (RFB) for the Utility Relocation contract will be issued in July 2017, with the contract award anticipated in September 2017. The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Alignment contract, the first step in a multi-step procurement process, will be issued in November 2017, with short-listed teams determined in February 2018. Short-listed teams will then receive the Request for Proposals.
“There was tremendous interest and turnout at the workshop, which bodes well for the quality of the potential bidders,” stated Habib F. Balian, CEO of the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority. “Having a large pool of highly qualified contractors and skilled talent to work with benefits the project and taxpayers.”
The massive project, which will include construction of two dozen at-grade or street-level crossings, multiple bridges and parking lots, including one in La Verne for 600 spaces, will require expertise across a vast spectrum of specialities, from in the installation of water, sewer, power and communications lines to framing, masonry, flooring, roofing, drywall and finish carpentry to engineering, landscaping and graphic design services.
When the 12.3-mile extension is completed, the entire 37.5-mile Metro Gold Line will run from Los Angeles to Montclair, giving San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire residents and businesses a freeway-free, light-rail option to reach downtown Los Angeles.
More information on the contracting opportunities with the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority can be found by visiting http://www.foothillgoldline.org/contact_us/contracting-opportunities/ .