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On the Right Track ‘T here’s a lot of railroad construction companies, but less than one-half work on new transit systems because of the tolerances needed,” asserts William Frey, operations manager for G.W. Peoples Contracting Co. Inc. “Near perfection is required, especially when you are building direct fixation systems. That separates a lot of the railroad construction companies.” Because of this specialty, G.W. Peoples Contracting won the bid to build the first light rail line in Norfolk, Va. This system consists of ballasted track construction, embedded track, direct fixation track and bridge construction. “The tolerances are very restrictive – you have to be very precise to do that kind of work,” Frey stresses. “If you’re not perfect, then you can spend a lot of time correcting your mistakes.” Properly installed, a light rail system can last from 15 to 20 years, Frey estimates. Light rail systems like those in Norfolk can be a cross between trolleys, buses and trains. They usually stop more frequently than trains, can navigate sharper curves and frequently travel through cities at street level like a trolley. For the Norfolk line, this meant that the track was embedded in concrete in the city and ballasted track construction outside of town. “The light rail line is approximately 7.4 miles long, with two parallel tracks that connect downtown with the outskirts of Norfolk,” Frey explains. “It starts downtown at East Virginia Medical Center and winds past Harbor Park, a minor league baseball stadium, Norfolk State University and ends at Newtown Road. Hampton Roads Transit is already doing feasibility studies for expanding the new light rail system south to Virginia Beach and west to the Norfolk Naval Base.” Industrial | G.W. PEOPLES CONTRACTING CO. INC. INSTALLING NEW TRACK SETS G.W. PEOPLES APART FROM OTHER RAILROAD CONTRACTORS. BY RUSS GAGER »G.W. Peoples prides itself on the precision with which it installs light rail tracks. Staying on Track The project is divided between the downtown portion and the one on the outskirts of the city. The general contract for both parts is approximately $42 million each, of which G.W. Peoples Contracting’s part is approximately 15 percent for both portions. Started in October 2008, the company’s track work is scheduled for completion by April 2010. Additional work, such as installation of signals and construction of a maintenance facility, will be completed by other companies before the project will be up and running. Portions of the light rail system are being built along an old Norfolk and Southern rightof-way. “If you can find a piece of right-of-way that’s already there, it makes it a lot easier,” Frey maintains. “You don’t have to acquire as much property, and you only have one owner to deal with.” On the right-of-way outside of town, the rails are held in place by concrete ties and granite ballast. For the embedded track in the G.W. Peoples Contracting Co. Inc. www.gwpeoples.com • Projected 2009 revenues: $14 million • Headquarters: Alexandria, Va. • Sales Office: Eighty-Four, Pa. • Employees: 100 • Service: Railroad construction and maintenance “You have to be a lot more precise when you build a transit line.” –William Frey, operations manager JANUARY 2010 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Today - January 2010
Construction Today - January 2010
Metrus Construction Limited: Le Parc Tower II
CJ Pink Ltd.
Costello Dismantling Co. Inc.
Allied Building Products Corp.
IDEURBAN: The St. Regis Mexico City
Jersen Construction Group
Killian Construction Co.: The Westin Hotel
Legacy Partners Residential: Riverpark
Strathcona Mechanical Ltd.
Tilton Pacific Construction Inc.
On the Cover
Product Showcase: Software and New Technology
Nicholson Construction Co.
Gilchrist Construction Co.
Turner Construction Co.: MIC Rental Car Center
Union Concrete Construction: Outer Harbor Parkway Project
D’Onofrio General Contractors Corp.
Worldwide Rental Services
AmQuip Crane Corp.
EIC Associates Inc.
Intercounty Paving Associates LLC: N.Y. Route 112
Matrix Design Group
Nicholson Construction Co.: Canton Dam
Wilson & Company Inc. Engineers and Architects: Rail Division
Group Lepine Ltd.
Laurysen Kitchens Ltd.
Aspen Ridge Homes: Vu Living
Walsh Construction: Sherman Replacement Hospital
PortSide Builders Inc.
Summit Builders Construction Co.: Classic Residence at Silverstone
Keystone Construction Corp.: Carmel Arts District Lofts
HDR Architecture Inc.
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Dimeo Construction Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
CANA Construction: TELUS World of Science
Cornerstone General Contractors Inc.
Harvey-Cleary Builders: City of Austin Public Safety Training Facility
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: Granada Hills High School
Pirtle Construction Co.: City of Miami College
Sundt: East Contra Costa
Taylor & Parrish Inc.: Carole Weinstein International Center
Turner Construction Co.: Nationwide Children's Hospital
Turner Construction Co.: Duval Unified County Courthouse Facility
Weddle Brothers Construction Co. Inc.
AP Construction Inc.: Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School
The Boldt Co.: Luther Midelfort Hospital Expansion
Choate Construction: NGCSU Projects
Donley’s LLC: Bavaro Hall at the University of Virginia
EllisDon: Woodstock General Hospital
McCarty Corp.: Maneuver Center of Excellence Headquarters
Munlake Contractors Inc.
Murray Company: Kiowa Country Memorial Hospital
River City Construction LLC
Skyline Roofing Ltd.
SpawGlass: Austin Community College Round Rock Campus
W.E. O’Neil Construction: Downtown Women's Center Project
CANA Construction: SMART Technologies
Ecco III Enterprises Inc.
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co.
ARCO/Murray National Construction Co. Inc.
Baker Electric Inc.
Chester Bross Construction Co.
Titan Wrecking & Environmental LLC
Last Look: Urban Landmarks
Construction Today - January 2010