05.24.10 Client News

Graham Construction Services begins Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Advanced Traffic Improvements Project

One of several transit projects for the company

Graham Construction Services, Inc. is working on several transit projects that will transform Minnesota’s commuter landscape. These include Graham’s activities on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit (CCLRT) Advanced Traffic Improvements project and on the 4th Street Advanced Utility Construction project. In addition, the company has completed the Hiawatha Light Rail Transit line extension to Target Field.

Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Advanced Traffic Improvements Project, Minneapolis
This month, Graham began work on the recently-awarded CCLRT Advanced Traffic Improvements project. This early-stage portion of the Metropolitan Council project is valued at $4 million and encompasses the East Bank area of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus.

Graham will prepare the roadways that will carry additional traffic during the CCLRT construction. The company’s involvement also will include underground utilities, traffic control equipment and interconnections, bituminous roadway pavement, curb and gutter work, demolition and rebuilding of retaining walls, earthwork and landscaping.

This phase of the project is expected to be completed in August 2010. Service on the 11-mile Central Corridor is anticipated to begin in 2014. When it opens, the CCLRT project will link downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis along Washington and University Avenues via the state Capitol and University of Minnesota. The line will connect with the Hiawatha LRT line at the Metrodome station in Minneapolis and the Northstar commuter rail line at the new Target Field Station.

The Metropolitan Council is charged with building the line in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The Central Corridor Management Committee, which includes the mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis, commissioners from Ramsey and Hennepin counties and the University of Minnesota, provides advice and oversight. The project’s leaders estimated 800 direct construction and management jobs will be provided annually during the CCLRT construction. For details, please see www.centralcorridor.org.

4th Street Advanced Utility Construction Project, St. Paul
Graham is providing construction services for another of the Metropolitan Council’s CCLRT projects. As part of the 4th Street Advanced Utility Construction project team, Graham is helping relocate underground utilities — such as sanitary and storm sewer, hot and chilled water lines, and water main — from beneath the footprint of a new CCLRT track in downtown St. Paul. Graham also is preparing the project’s foundation for the rail’s overhead catenary system.

Work on the project began in September 2009 and is scheduled for completion in November 2010. Bolander Construction is the general contractor for the project and is responsible for the full, finished project and for managing a total, estimated budget of $12.5 million.

Hiawatha Light Rail Transit Line Extension Project, Minneapolis
Among Graham’s transit project experience, the company recently completed the Hiawatha Light Rail Transit (LRT) extension. With a contract value of $29 million, this project connects the LRT with the new Northstar Corridor commuter rail line.

Graham’s efforts included the construction of the new Downtown Intermodal Commuter Rail Station, construction of six steel and glass station buildings located along the rail line, and a 6,300-linear-foot track system. One of the platform stations now serves the new Minnesota Twins Ballpark, Target Field.

As general contractor on the project, Graham’s work also included reconstructing two bridges to support the LRT: The 5th Street bridges over I-394 and the BNSF railroad bridge, which were completed without vehicular or rail traffic interruption. The demolition and reconstruction work was accomplished while maintaining traffic on I-394 and without interruption to BNSF rail traffic.
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For more photos, please see the Metropolitan Council’s “Central Corridor LRT’s photostream” on Flickr.

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02.26.10 Client News

Graham Construction Services awarded four, civil infrastructure projects with a total estimated value of $76 million

Graham Construction Services, Inc. has been selected for four civil infrastructure projects valued at a combined total of $76.1 million. The City of Corpus Christi, Texas, has hired the company to build a new $50 million wastewater treatment plant. The City of Minneapolis and the City of Parshall, N.D., have contracted with Graham for facility improvements and new construction. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, selected Graham for dredging on the Mississippi River, near Kellogg, Minn.

New Broadway Wastewater Treatment Plant, Corpus Christi, Texas
Graham received a Notice to Proceed for construction of the City of Corpus Christi’s new Broadway Wastewater Treatment Plant that will replace the aging plant built in 1936. When completed in 2013, it will have the capacity to treat 8 million gallons per day with a peak, two-hour capacity flow of 40 million gallons a day.

The treatment plant provides preliminary treatment, secondary treatment, disinfection, effluent pumping, solids handling, odor control, stand-by electrical power generation, as well as operation, monitoring and control. Along with these services, City officials also expect the new facility to stimulate their economy, as construction will provide opportunities for local subcontractors, and material and equipment vendors. The engineer on the project is Carollo Engineers of Dallas.

Graham’s work will include site landscaping, site roadways and access; constructing a new administration, operations and maintenance building; demolishing selected existing structures and utilities; plus repairing and reconstructing other areas affected by the new work. Construction is expected to begin in February and will be completed in two phases throughout the next 36 months.

The new facility will be built next to the current structure in the Hillcrest neighborhood. For those who live near the wastewater treatment plant, the new facility will have a state-of-the-art odor control system. Disinfection will be done using ultraviolent light. No chemicals, such as chlorine, which is frequently used in older plants, will be used. Once the new plant is activated, the old plant will be closed and demolished for further construction of the new facility.

City of Minneapolis Dewatering Plant Improvements, Fridley, Minn.
Federal stimulus dollars available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are funding part of the improvements to the Dewatering Plant on the Fridley campus of the Minneapolis Water Works. Originally built in 1972, the plant is in need of repairs and enhanced efficiencies. The improved and expanded facility will be more energy efficient and help save taxpayers’ money by utilizing new filter presses that remove excess water from the plant’s solids, thus reducing the weight and the cost of hauling byproducts created by the filtering process.

To achieve the City’s goals, Graham began working with Minneapolis-based HDR Engineering, Inc., on the dewatering plant project in October 2009 and anticipates completion in April 2011. The $19.2 million construction services contract involves building a two-story, 24,000-square-foot Press Building addition. It also includes assisting with improvements to the plant’s gravity thickeners, plate and frame filter presses, centrifugal pumps, slurry pumps, sludge strainer assemblies, and a bridge crane and monorail hoisting system.

Fisher Island Dredging, Kellogg, Minn.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, has contracted with Graham to excavate and transport approximately 643,000 cubic yards of stockpile dredge material using a hydraulic dredge system. The material will be dredged from Fisher Island and transported nearly four miles to an upland site on the Mississippi River. The work will require the use of dozers and an excavator to assist in the movement of soil toward the dredge and in shaping the final areas. The project is estimated at $3.8 million with an anticipated completion in July 2010.

Raw Water Intake System Improvements, Parshall, N.D.
To provide fresh water from Lake Sakakawea to North Dakota’s City of Parshall’s new Water Treatment System, Graham is constructing a 10-foot-diameter precast concrete caisson, wet well, pumping structure with an overall depth of 138 feet. Through a 1,750-linear-foot directional drilling method, Graham is installing a 12-inch-high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe and a new intake screen that will draw water from Lake Sakakawea to fill the wet well, providing water for the treatment plant. The project is expected to be completed in June 2010. The total construction contract is estimated at $3.1 million.

Graham Construction Services, Inc., has been located in Eagan, Minn., since 1988. They are part of Graham Group Ltd., an industry-leading, employee-owned family of companies offering general contracting, project management, design-build and construction management services from 13 regional offices throughout North America. With more than 80 years of experience, Graham’s focus on its customers’ vision and its employees’ success helped the company earn its recognition on the “2010 List of the 50 Best Employers in Canada.”
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02.05.10 Client News

Graham Construction Services awarded three projects with a total estimated value of $33.5 million

Graham Construction Services, Inc., recently was awarded three contracts for educational and dormitory facility projects valued at a combined total of $33.5 million. The projects include the Arden Hills Readiness Center in Arden Hills, Minn.; the Minot Air Force Base Dormitory in Minot, N.D.; and the Landcare Facility for the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus.

Landcare Facility, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Landcare, a department within the University of Minnesota’s Facilities Management department, maintains the campus grounds’ beauty, safety and accessibility throughout the year. Landcare‘s current facility, the Ladder Building, was demolished to make way for the new Transit Hub. Graham is constructing a new, two-story facility at 2613 4th Street in Minneapolis to replace the previous location and consolidate Facilities Management general maintenance crews.

The new 20,000-square-foot, pre-cast concrete building and 14,000-square-foot, fenced exterior yard also will create efficiencies by reducing the travel time to the East and West Bank campuses. Designed by DLR Group of Minneapolis, the project’s total construction budget is estimated at $3.6 million with completion anticipated for July 2010.

Minot Air Force Base Dormitory
The new, two-building, three-level dormitory will be the third project Graham completes for North Dakota’s Minot Air Force Base. Graham is collaborating with ALSC Architects of Spokane, Wash., on this $18.8 million design-build project. Currently in the design phase, construction is expected to start in April 2010 and be complete in August 2011.

The site comprises approximately 245,000 square feet, which includes three buildings that will be demolished approximately 90 days after substantial completion of the new dormitory. When it opens, the 90,000-square-foot dormitory will feature a façade of masonry and metal siding, which will provide living quarters for 168 people.

This is the third project awarded to Graham at the Minot Air Force Base. Previous projects include the 91,000-square-foot Base Shopping Center and the Shoppette/Auto Care Center completed in 2009.

Arden Hills Readiness Center
The Arden Hills Army Training Readiness Center plans to break ground in April 2010. This project has an estimated construction value of $11.1 million and was awarded to the Holte/Graham joint venture. The joint venture represents an approved Mentor/Protégé Agreement through the U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a) business development program. This program enhances participants’ abilities to compete successfully for federal government contracts and gain access to economic opportunity.

Through the Mentor/Protégé Agreement and joint venture, Holte/Graham will construct the 90,000-square-foot readiness center. The facility will include an assembly hall, classrooms, distance learning, simulation center, kitchen and physical fitness area. Substantial completion is expected by January 2011.

In addition to the Arden Hills Army Training Readiness Center, the Holte/Graham joint venture currently is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control improvements in Breckenridge, Minn., valued at $3.1 million.

Graham Construction Services, Inc.,  is part of Graham Group Ltd., an industry-leading, employee-owned family of companies offering general contracting, project management, design-build and construction management services from 13 regional offices throughout North America. With more than 80 years of experience, Graham’s focus on its customers’ vision and its employees’ success helped the company earn its recognition on the “2010 List of the 50 Best Employers in Canada.”
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