Los Angeles Engineering to begin construction next January.
Written by TIFFANY KHA / Published on December 21, 2012
A general construction contractor has been named for the Rosemead Boulevard Enhancement and Beautification project.
The city council awarded Covina-based Los Angeles Engineering Inc. a construction contract worth $15,773,914.50 in November.
In addition to the city’s own contribution, the project will be financed through a myriad of local, state, and federal agencies.
According to Kristi Twilley, a representative from the Vanir Construction Management, construction is scheduled to begin late January and will last for 16 months.
“Kick-off meetings have been held with project contractor Los Angeles Engineering to discuss the project schedule and other administrative items,” she wrote in the December 7, 2012 city manager’s report.
However, the city plans to hold a town hall meeting on January 16, prior to the construction phase.
At the November 20 meeting, the city council voted unanimously to approve the bid by Los Angeles Engineering.
The general contractor beat out five other bidders, including the Griffith Company, during the city’s second round of bidding. The Griffith Company posted a protest bid that was rejected by the city council.
“With honor, integrity and dedicated employees, Los Angeles Engineering, Inc. is set to continue building the infrastructure of tomorrow’s Southern California,” reads a statement from the construction firm’s website.
In total, the Rosemead Boulevard project will cost approximately $20.7 million.
The Rosemead Boulevard project is a major public works project to revamp the former state highway from Callita Avenue to the railroad tracks.
Approximately two miles of city streets will be renovated once the project is complete. Energy-efficient lighting, pedestrian-friendly enhancements, drought-resistant landscaping, public art works, and protected bike lanes will be introduced.
“It’s almost a two-year effort in making it happen and finally it is happening,” Mayor Vincent Yu previously said.
Excluding Los Angeles Engineering, three consultants have been hired to perform work on the Rosemead Boulevard project: Vanir Construction Management, the project manager, Gruen Associates, the project designer, and Avant Garde, the project finance administrator and labor compliance monitor.