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Throughout this five-year project, HRT succeeded in establishing and maintaining
a superb community support program, which kept team members and commuters
well informed about the schedule and the benefits the project would deliver.

Construction Management Civil. Joint venture partners included
Parsons, Granite Construction Company, Kiewit Texas Construction
and Stacy and Witbeck.
Perhaps the strongest indication of the project's success is the
stark increase in ridership since completion: In the last quarter of
2015, METRORail saw an average of 60,000 riders each weekday,
according to the American Public Transportation Association.
That's a 24 percent increase over the same period in 2014, indicating that Houston's residents have come to rely on the light rail
system to support commutes throughout the city. Houston has long
suffered transportation challenges and offered few commuting
options for those living outside the city center.
While an expansion was necessary and supported by the
city's residents in a 2003 referendum, Houston's existing
METRORail already saw 11 million riders each year and was
rated the second most traveled light rail system in the South.
This created significant challenges for the construction team
as they worked to expand the system while leaving existing
lines in use. The work weaved through a booming metropolis,
neighborhoods and highly-trafficked areas, requiring careful
planning to carry out the expansion in tight spaces. From the
University of Houston to downtown, and from business districts
to distinctive historic areas, the rail line expansion included
work on three corridors.
In order to meet the demanding schedule, HRT created a unified program schedule to allow for all lines to be designed and
constructed simultaneously. The lines included the North Red
Line, East End Green Line, and the Southeast Purple Line. By
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assigning a management team to each corridor, HRT effectively
coordinated with project team members and owner representatives. At the same time, a senior management team oversaw all
three corridor teams and execution of the project as a whole.
This structure set up the team to successfully respond to changes
throughout the project.
And respond they did. Any successful construction project will
require adjustments to meet the owner's needs, environmental
demands, and other unforeseen circumstances. This project was
no exception. Because it was a long-term project that covered
many miles of the city, separate, smaller projects materialized
over the course of construction and threatened to stall progress.
In addition to intense growth in the downtown area, which
required extensive team coordination, the University of Houston
had plans to build a new football stadium, which would impact
one mile of the LRT alignment planned through the school property. Team member support and engagement was critical to the
project's success, and HRT took care to respond thoughtfully to all
involved. In the case of the football stadium, HRT re-sequenced
work activities and redesigned a section of the guideway to allow
for the university to continue with its planned work. Similarly, in
the second year of the project, plans were announced to accelerate the schedule for the new BBVA Compass Stadium. Again, HRT
re-sequenced the construction of segments of rail that would
interfere with progress on the stadium.
All of this was done amidst new construction of high-rise
buildings, while working with the City of Houston to efficiently
utilize work sites and coordinate traffic. HRT had to get creative to

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - November/December 2016

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
AGC’s CM-BIM Credential Program Turns Five
Simonson Says
Cultivate, Innovate, Accelerate at AGC’s 98th Annual Convention
One School, One Instructor, One Student, You: A Workforce Development Campaign
In Good Repair
‘Must-Have’ Technology Tools
Technology Toolbox
Project Collaboration Starts at the Top
Connecting Community and Commuters
2016 Software Services Guide
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
Final Inspection
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Constructor - November/December 2016 - cover2
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 3
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 4
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 5
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 6
Constructor - November/December 2016 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 8
Constructor - November/December 2016 - President’s Message
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 10
Constructor - November/December 2016 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - November/December 2016 - AGC’s CM-BIM Credential Program Turns Five
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Constructor - November/December 2016 - 14
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 15
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 16
Constructor - November/December 2016 - Simonson Says
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 18
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 19
Constructor - November/December 2016 - Cultivate, Innovate, Accelerate at AGC’s 98th Annual Convention
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 21
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 22
Constructor - November/December 2016 - One School, One Instructor, One Student, You: A Workforce Development Campaign
Constructor - November/December 2016 - In Good Repair
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Constructor - November/December 2016 - 26
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 27
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 28
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 29
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 30
Constructor - November/December 2016 - ‘Must-Have’ Technology Tools
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Constructor - November/December 2016 - 33
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 34
Constructor - November/December 2016 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 36
Constructor - November/December 2016 - Project Collaboration Starts at the Top
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 38
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 39
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 40
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 41
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 42
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 43
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 44
Constructor - November/December 2016 - Connecting Community and Commuters
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 46
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 47
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 48
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 49
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 50
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 2016 Software Services Guide
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 52
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 53
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 54
Constructor - November/December 2016 - 55
Constructor - November/December 2016 - Products & Services Marketplace
Constructor - November/December 2016 - Index to Advertisers
Constructor - November/December 2016 - Final Inspection
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