Durham-Orange Counties, NC—The Gannett Fleming/WSP Joint Venture was selected by GoTriangle as construction management consultant for Durham and Orange counties’ light-rail project.
The 17.7-mile light -rail system will have 18 stations between UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University in Durham. It will better connect neighborhoods to jobs, education and employment centers and provide a congestion-free alternative for commuters in the rapidly growing metropolitan area.
The line includes over 10 miles of at-grade ballasted track, approximately 4 miles on an elevated structure, and approximately 3.5 miles of at-grade embedded track. A trip from end to end is expected to take 45 minutes.
“We are proud to be part of a team that’s implementing much-needed rail transit in the Triangle Region because it will transform mobility in the community,” said Bryan Mulqueen, a Gannett Fleming executive vice president and Durham-Orange Light Rail contract project manager. “Future generations will look back and ask ‘How did we ever live without this?’”
The project, which is planned to provide 26,000 trips per day, will connect three major universities, three medical facilities, and three of North Carolina's top 10 employers—UNC Health Care, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University. Between 2018 and 2057, the project potentially could add $3.2 billion in property values and $1.4 billion in tax revenue, according to projections by GoTriangle.
“This critical light rail transit project will create safer and more reliable mobility options to connect the surrounding communities and will bring continued economic growth to the growing Triangle region.” said Pam Townsend, WSP’s Southeast regional manager.
The Gannett Fleming/WSP joint venture will provide a wide range of services, including constructability reviews, estimating, contract packaging, design, and specification reviews during phase one, and full construction management services during phase two.
About Gannett Fleming
Gannett Fleming is a global infrastructure and engineering firm that provides progressive solutions for transportation, earth sciences and natural resources, geospatial, water, power, and facilities projects. Founded in 1915, our experience spans 65 countries and thousands of successful projects. Our 2,000 employees deliver excellence in planning, design, technology, and construction management from more than 60 offices around the world. We consistently rank among the industry’s top design firms and embrace sustainability, innovation, and advanced solutions to solve our clients’ complex challenges and improve the communities they serve. We are ISO 9001:2008 Certified, which assures clients that we meet the most rigorous and independently audited quality standards. Gannett Fleming achieved $410 million in revenues in 2017. For more information, visit www.gannettfleming.com.
About WSP USA
WSP USA, formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, is the U.S. operating company of one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms—WSP. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment sectors. With more than 7,000 people in 100 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper. www.wsp.com
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