San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Self Anchored Suspension (SAS) Span Contract
Largest public infrastructure contract in California history awarded to
American Bridge/Fluor Enterprises
Caltrans Director Will Kempton
CTC Executive Director John Barna
BATA Executive Director Steve Heminger
American Bridge CEO Robert
Luffy (left), Heminger and Barna look on as Kempton signs the letter awarding
the contract. (Photos by Noah Berger)
Bart Ney, Caltrans 510.224.6499
Rentschler, BATA 510.817.5780
Maller, CTC 916.654.4245
San Francisco, Calif., April 18, 2006 – The
Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee (TBPOC), consisting
of Caltrans, the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) and the California
Transportation Commission (CTC), named the contractor that
will build the Self-Anchored Suspension (SAS) Bridge for the
new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
Less than 30 days since opening the two competing bids for
the new span, the contract was awarded to the lowest bidder,
Joint Venture American Bridge/Fluor Enterprises.
On the centennial of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Caltrans
Director Will Kempton signed the official award letter for
the new signature span. The timing emphasized that the new
East Span is first and foremost a seismic safety project.
brief ceremony was held in San Francisco, overlooking the West
Span of the Bay Bridge, and displaying a graphical rendering
of the future signature element of the eastern span. The ceremony
brought together the multiagency Oversight Committee, as well
as executives from American Bridge, Fluor and Caltrans District
4 management. Among its many public works credentials, American
Bridge played a major role in building the West Span — also
a suspension bridge — back in the 1930s.
Caltrans Director Will Kempton said, “We now have
all of the approvals that we need to move forward. The bridge's
funding is secure and we have a good bid. We're able
to start work.”
Robert Luffy, Chief Executive Officer for American Bridge,
accepted the contract on behalf of the Joint Venture. "The
increased cooperation with Caltrans really will bring big benefits
to the State of California. It's a unique project on
an unbelievable structure," he said.
On March 22, 2006, American Bridge/Fluor Enterprises, a Joint
Venture, presented a bid for $1.43 billion, competing with
a $1.68 billion bid submitted the same day by Kiewit/Koch Skanska/Manson,
a Joint Venture. The winning bid was lower than the Caltrans
engineers’ estimates for building the bridge, which
was $1.45 billion. The review process, assessing the bids
for responsiveness, began immediately.
“All great bridges set new standards for innovation.
We are hoping that this bridge does the same,” said Steve
Heminger, BATA executive director.
Since the contract was advertised in August 2005, the TBPOC
has worked closely with the construction industry to identify
and implement key contract enhancements to the SAS in order
to improve competitive bidding. Amendments included extending
the bid advertisement period, extending the contract by one
year and enhancing incentives for contractor cost reduction.
The SAS is expected to be open to vehicle traffic in late
2013 and will be the world’s largest single tower self-anchored
suspension bridge. Contractor incentives can potentially
shorten the overall project construction by up to six months.
“We are looking forward to having a seismically safe
bridge, a stunning addition to the region's skyline and a
relatively quick commute across the bridge,” commented
John Barna, Executive Director for the California Transportation
BATA is a unit of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.