Weitz named design-build contractor for Bombardier’s Sky Train project

WCN Editorial Team 16 May 2018 NORTH AMERICA BUSINESS

The Weitz Company has been selected by Bombardier Transportation as the design-build contractor for an extension to the PHX Sky Train guideway and maintenance facility at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in the US.

The scope of work includes a 2.5-mile extension to the airport’s Rental Car Center, two new stations and expansion of the system’s maintenance facility to accommodate Stage 2 operations and train maintenance.

Along with upgrades to work completed during Stage 1, 24 cars will be added to the fleet.

The Weitz Company general manager Kimberly Davids said: “We are honoured to be on Bombardier’s team.

“This is an exciting time for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as it embarks on a project that will improve mobility around the airport and enhance the overall passenger experience.”

The extension of the PHX Sky Train is expected to provide airport passengers with more reliable and efficient access between airport facilities and the Rental Car Center and also reduce airport roadway congestion.

Earlier, Weitz partnered with Bombardier during the construction of Stages 1 and 1A of the PHX Sky Train, which included 3.2-miles of dual-lane guideway beginning at the 44th Street & Washington Valley Metro Light Rail station with stops at the East Economy Parking Lot, Terminal 4 and Terminal 3, as well as the maintenance facility.

The Weitz Company project manager Andrew Klem said: “I am excited to continue building our relationship with Bombardier and the airport that began during Stage 1.

“Our proven safety, quality and management processes were key factors in the success of the previous stages, adding exceptional ride quality and reliability to an already robust Bombardier system.

“Our team is committed to providing the same level of customer service and product excellence on this project.”

Design of Stage 2, which began in April, will continue through February 2019 when construction is scheduled to start. Stage 2 will open in 2022.

The Stage 2 design-build team will comprise The Weitz Company; Deutsch Architecture Group; Kimley-Horn & Associates; Meade Engineering; and Kraemer Consulting Engineers.

Wilson Electric, Commercial Air, Suntec Concrete, Perez, and Bell Steel are the trade partners.

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