WCOE Turning Point for 4/4

WCOE WCOE Announces New Board of Directors

Elections were recently completed for WCOE's National Board of Directors and the new Board for the 2017–2018 term have been announced. The officers were installed on Monday evening, April 3, at the Awards Gala during the Leadership Conference held in Washington D.C.

The new officers are Theresa Kern, MA Rebar Services, President; Lorraine D'Angelo, LDA Compliance Consulting, President Elect; Sheila Ohrenberg, The Sorella Group, Secretary; Ruth Bley, Bleyco, Treasurer; Caryn Boisen, Larson King, Immediate Past President; Catherine Tojaga, CT Mechanical, Corporate Alliance Chair; Danette Beck, Marsh, National Associate Director at Large; Carole Green, CE Green, Regional Director Western; Mary McNamara, Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Regional Director Central; Colleen Kramer, Evergreen Supply; Lisa Colon, Regional Director Southeast; Deborah Bradley, DB Construction, Regional Director Northeast; Deborah Wilder, CCMI, Mobius Circle of Excellence Chair; Ida Brooker, Resource Center; Lee Cunningham, BT Metals, Legislative Affairs Chair and Margery Newman, Legislative Affairs Policy.

Gilbane Building Company Celebrates Grand Opening for Ohlone College Softball and Baseball Fields

GilbaneRepresentatives from Ohlone College in Fremont, CA, Gilbane Building Company, college students, and other local officials were on hand for the dedication and ribbon cutting for the new Ohlone College Baseball and Softball Field on February 8, 2017 located on the Fremont Campus on Mission Boulevard. Gilbane Building Company, a leader in construction services, was the construction manager for the project.

The baseball and softball field project was part of an overall effort to update the athletic fields on the campus for safety, accessibility and playability. Work included installation of synthetic turf, new spectator seating, scoreboards, and team-rooms as well as landscaping, pedestrian pathways and lighting. The project provides a centrally located field-house which will serve grounds maintenance, athlete training staff and event operations.

California Bridge Closes Portion of Highway 1

CHSRAbout $3 billion and 119 miles' worth of track construction is underway or under contract on California's planned high-speed route that, ultimately, would stretch between Sacramento and San Diego. At the same time, the Federal Transit Administration's deferral of a $647 million grant for electrification of a Bay Area commuter rail line, considered a vital part of the $64 billion high-speed rail system, indicates potential, possibly partisan-based new opposition.

Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc. is the main contractor for electrification of the 52 mile project. The firm would convert the diesel-based system into an electrified one with positive train control, increasing capacity to 110,000 from 65,000 daily riders.

Bay Area officials have worked for years to raise funds for Caltrain, and the FTA grant, which ha been approved, was the last piece needed. In a recent press release, Caltrain noted that the deferral means "the contractors will likely require the utilization of up to $20 million in project contingency that otherwise would have been available for construction-related expenses in the future."

Tappan Zee Replacement Gets Westbound Stay Cables Installed

All 96 stay cables for the westbound section of the new, $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge have been installed, and traffic should begin moving across the span this year, although construction won't finish until 2018.

Work Starts at $1 Billion Texas Mixed-use Development

Construction has started at a $1 billion mixed-use project in Farmers Branch, Texas. The 267-acre Mercer Crossing project will include apartments, single-family homes and retail and commercial space spread throughout six neighborhoods.

NYC Waterfront Redevelopment Slated to be Completed in 2018

Howard Hughes Corp. is undertaking a $1.7 billion redevelopment project at South Street Seaport in New York City, and the company says Pier 17, the centerpiece of the development, should open in 2018. The company scrapped a tower it had planned for the project.

Skanska USA Optimistic About 35-Story Houston Office Tower

SkanskaSkanska USA plans to build a 35-story office tower in Houston, and the company has moved a tower crane to the site. "The mobilization of equipment at the Capitol Tower site signals our optimism that the marketplace will present new opportunities for the project as we move through 2017," said Beth Miller, a company spokeswoman.

Cuomo Backs Removal, Replacement of Sheridan Expressway

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed dismantling the Sheridan Expressway in the South Bronx and replacing it with a boulevard that would restore the community's access to the waterfront. Cuomo said he plans to put almost $700 million in the state budget to get started on the project.

California to Issue Bonds to Fund HSR Construction

California will issue at least one bond sale to help fund construction of the $64 billion high-speed rail project despite the numerous obstacles the project faces. A $1.4 billion sale will come next month, and a second may take place later in the year.

$200 Million Mixed-Use Project Proposed in Kentucky

Five companies have submitted proposals to develop a 20-acre parking lot in Lexington, Kentucky, and Lexington Center Corp. will interview developers before deciding which proposal to accept. One concept is a $200 million mixed-use project with a minor-league baseball stadium, hotel, retail and residences.

California Road Project to Use Precast Slabs

The California Department of Transportation will use 6,500 precast concrete pavement slabs for 9.7 miles of Interstate 210 north of Los Angeles. The project is one of the largest in North America to use this type of pavement slab.

CRRC Breaks Ground on $100 Million Manufacturing Facility on South Side of Chicago

CTAA groundbreaking ceremony for a $100 million manufacturing facility for the Chicago Transit Authority heralded the start of a project that could create 200 construction jobs. The facility will manufacture rail cars for the agency.

WCOE Coming Events

WCOE CA Chapter Events
WCOE California Chapter Membership Meeting
​​​​​​​CA Transportation Update
April 19, 2017

WCOE California Chapter Board Meeting
May 16, 2017

Associated Builders & Contractors

4/13/2017 4:00PM ET Manage the Job With Your Accounting Software: Project Management, POs, Document Imaging & Mobile
5/3/2017 1:30PM ET Skin Cancer Awareness for Construction Workers

American Subcontractors Association

4/11/2017   Webinar: Incentive Compensation Plan Best Practices
5/9/2017   Webinar: Prompt Payment and How/When to Suspend Work
5/23/2017   Webinar: Technology and Transparency
6/13/2017   Webinar: Killer Contract Clauses

California High Speed Rail

4/5/2017   Community Open House in Fresno
4/13/2017   Community Open House in Wasco


4/19/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
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2017 HUBZone Small Business Summits
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April 26 – Philadelphia, PA
Hosted by the US Environmental Protection Agency

July 27 – Columbus, OH
Hosted by the Battelle


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