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MBTA offers contract to Consigli Construction for Salem commuter rail station improvements

Posted by Ryan Mooney  December 6, 2012 12:22 PM

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The MBTA Board of Directors voted unanimously on Wednesday to offer a $32.5 million contract to Milford-based Consigli Construction to oversee the construction of the 700-space parking garage and platform overhaul at the Salem commuter rail station, according to MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo.

The total budget for the project, which is scheduled to begin in the spring, is nearly $40 million, with a vast majority of that cost, about $31.9 million, being footed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Of that, about $29.5 million will be used to finance the construction contract with Consigli, according to Pesaturo.

MBA project manager George Doherty said in November at the most recent public meeting in Salem surrounding the development that he hopes to have cars in the garage by October 2014.

In May, the office of the Inspector General approved the MBTA's use of a construction manager at risk method of project delivery, which is explained in a statement issued by Pesaturo:

"When procuring Construction Manager at Risk contract services, the MBTA makes use of a 'best value' procurement methodology. Rather than focusing on the lowest cost proposal, best value emphasizes the quality of the proposals submitted by the potential Construction Manager and the importance of a demonstrated, in-depth, and thoughtful understanding of the scope of services developed by the MBTA. In addition, best value methodology requires that proposing Construction Managers submit a detailed construction work plan including a best faith estimate of the number of proposed work hours, materials, and the overall level-of-effort required to meet the scope...Proposed levels-of-effort that prove to be either too high or too low or misallocated across tasks can often lead to projects that are inefficient, unnecessarily costly, and prone to scope and schedule overruns."

According to the statement, the committee that favored Consigli did so on the basis of the company's precast concrete garage background, the grasp of the technical details of the project and the proposed budget and estimated cost of work, among other things.

Fennick McCredie Architecture, based in Boston, designed the MBTA station improvements for Salem, which will not only provide the garage, but also an indoor waiting area, an elevated track with intermittent canopies for weather protection, a footbridge from Washington Street to the platform, and bike storage.

Ryan Mooney can be reached at globe.mooney@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @mooney_ryan.

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