In 2008, Amtrak was required to evaluate the condition of intercity stations that it serves and report to Congress on those improvements. As a result of the evaluation, under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Jacobs Engineering was awarded a $500 million contract to upgrade and renovate Amtrak Stations throughout the United States. Tooles Contracting Group was awarded three design build contracts valued at over $23 million. The projects consisted of various sized of 63 Amtrak stations upgrades, renovations and new construction throughout the United States in Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, Utah, Nevada, Minnesota and North Dakota. New construction included new curbing, sidewalks, parking lots and the installation of unstaffed stations.
As part of the program, Tooles Contracting Group hired and trained over 20 project managers, site construction managers and SAFETY and quality control personnel. To complete the work a phased and sequenced construction schedule was developed that sent 10 different construction crews to various locations throughout the country.
Prior to the start of construction our teams developed and implemented a plan to obtain all local, state and federal permits and authorizations to complete the work. This included coordination with various host railroads to obtain access agreements and right of entry permits.
- 63 stations completed throughout the county
- Work was self-performed by Tooles Contracting Group
- All staff were e-RailSafe Certified
- ADA compliant
- Badging system was created in order to improve SAFETY
- Fast-track, logistically-challenged schedule
- Received SAFETY performance incentive due to zero recordable incidents on entire project