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Recipe for Success
PLANNING AND TEAMWORK KEY INGREDIENTS FOR
UTAH TRANSIT AUTHORITY'S AIRPORT TRAX PROJECT
Airport transfer station. Photo courtesy of Utah Transit Authority.
BY AUTUMN CAFIERO GIUSTI
IT'S NO EASY TASK TO COMP LETE the
signature piece of a multibillion-dollar
light rail project under budget, ahead of
schedule and in the middle of a major
metro area. But it takes a special kind
of skill to pull it off in the middle of a
recession and with minimal disruptions to
surrounding businesses and residences.
Contractors overcame these and other
obstacles to complete the Utah Transit
Authority Airport TRAX Project, a 6.2-mile
extension of the light rail system that
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connects Salt Lake International Airport
with downtown Salt Lake City.
Given the project's success, the joint
venture of Alameda, Calif.-based Stacy
and Witbeck Inc. and Kiewit Western Co.
of Phoenix won AGC's 2014 Alliant Build
America Grand Award, given to the year's
most signiﬁcant construction project.
Stacy and Witbeck and Kiewit Western
are members of Utah Chapter-AGC.
The project began in August 2008.
Through innovative ﬁ nancial strategies
and a unique alliance between the contractor, the city and the transit authority,
the light rail extension was completed by
April 2013 for a ﬁ nal construction contract
amount of $223 million. The project came
in two years ahead of schedule and was
completed under budget.
The SWK joint venture constructed the
project's many unique technical elements
and learned to identify challenges before
they started to chip away at budgets and
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - July/August 2014
BIM: Where Is the Money?
Life Inside the Cone Zones
Cost-Effective Mobile Apps for Contractors
The AGC Alternative Cuts Cost and Burden of Health Insurance
Recipe for Success
Profiles in Synergy
Equipment Costs Down, Bottom Lines Up
Willis and AGC: Partners in Safety
2014 AGC/willis Construction Safety Excellence Award Winners
Recent Trends in State Laws Affecting Construction
A Contractor’s Perspective: Where Is Our Industry Headed?
Defying Gravity and All Odds
AGC in Action
Innovative Program Gives Job Seekers Virtual Experience in Highway Construction Careers
From Classroom to Construction
Opportunities Grow, but Contractors Find Challenges With Sureties
Member and Chapter News
Legislative and Regulatory News
The Ship in the Bottle and Other Bookish Tales
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