SAN FRANCISCO-Turner Construction Co. is providing constructionmanagement services for the Transbay Transit Center in SanFrancisco, designed to be the “Grand Central Station of the West,”according to a prepared statement. The project is estimated tocreate more than 48,000 jobs in its first phase of construction,which is expected to cost approximately $1.6billion, as GlobeSt.com previously reported.

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Replacing a terminal constructed in 1939, the 1.3 million squarefoot regional transportation hub is designed to serve more than 45million passengers a year and connect eight counties and 11 transitsystems, including the future California High Speed Rail from SanFrancisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim, CA. There will be no interruptionin service while the Transbay Transit Center is beingconstructed.

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The $4.2 billion Transbay Transit Center project has come torealization through various funding partners that include $400million in stimulus funds from the Federal Government with, theState of California, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission,the San Francisco County and San Mateo County TransportationAuthorities and AC Transit, among others. Construction is scheduledfor completion in 2017.

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This five-story transit center will serve Caltrain and serve asthe northern terminus for the future California High Speed Rail.The scope of work will include construction of bus ramps to connectthe Transit Center to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, as wellas to an off-site bus storage facility.

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Turner will provide construction management oversight services,including field oversight, cost management, schedule management,technical support, environmental monitoring, coordination with allstakeholders, progress reporting and testing and inspection qualityassurance services. “We are proud to serve as the constructionmanager of this high-speed rail project that will benefit travelersacross the state and throughout the region,” says Michael O’Brien,senior vice president of Turner’s Northern Californiaoperations.

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A few firms have already made deals in anticipation of the newstation. For example, Los Angeles-based CIM Group, which acquiredthe 372,000-square-foot Charles Schwab & Co. headquartersbuilding here at 211 Main St. early this year, said theredevelopment of the terminal is one of the projectsthat is raising the profile of the area.

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Turner is constructing additional transportation facilities inCalifornia that include the San Francisco International AirportTerminal 2/ Boarding Area D Renovation, the Oakland InternationalAirport Terminal 1 renovation, the Sacramento International AirportTerminal Modernization Program and the San Diego Airport Terminal 2and Airside Expansion. The Oakland International AirportTerminal 2 Expansion Project was recently awarded LEED Silvercertification, the first airport in the US to achieve this levelcertification from the US Green Building Council.

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