Bush Construction will serve as the prime contractor for the general construction bid package, while the Weitz Company, Des Moines, Iowa, will act as the construction manager.
Outstanding Green Features
â€śThe new building will include many outstanding green features,â€ť said Quinn. â€śLEED Silver is the minimum rating for this project â€“ weâ€™re not accepting anything less.â€ť
Throughout the project, Quinn noted, Bush Construction will recycle at least 75 percent of the construction waste. â€śWood will go in one dumpster, cardboard in another, and on down the line with everything that can be reclaimed,â€ť he said. â€śIt means some additional work, but thatâ€™s to be expected. Green building isnâ€™t the easiest route, but itâ€™s well worth the effort.â€ť
Quinn noted that the facility will include a bio-swale â€“ a place for the storage of diverted storm water, so that it can be reabsorbed into the surrounding environment, as opposed to allowing it to gush into the sewer system. â€śBig rain-storms can overtax a cityâ€™s sewer system, and the bio-swale will make sure that the new MetroLINK facility wonâ€™t add to that concern,â€ť he said. â€śAlso, solar energy will be used to heat water for the facilityâ€™s bus-wash system.â€ť
Other green elements of the structure will include:
No Fear of OSHA Here
â€śWith this project, we expect to establish a partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as we did with our recent St. Ambrose University residence project,â€ť Quinn said. â€śBush Construction will work closely with an OSHA representative who will make safety suggestions throughout the run of the project.â€ť
Quinn observed that many construction companies might be hesitant to work this closely with OSHA. â€śSome firms might be afraid of what OSHA will find on their jobsites,â€ť he said. â€śWe see it as an opportunity to continue learning from their highly trained, experienced safety staff.â€ť
In addition to Loss and Quinn, other members of the Bush Construction team who will serve on the MetroLINK project are Brian Olson, Construction Superintendent; Marlayna Millizer, Project Engineer; and Stacey Rensberger and Amy Simler, Project Coordinators.
â€śWe look forward to collaborating with the staff members at MetroLINK on this project,â€ť said Loss. â€śThey are consummate professionals and together, we will create a facility that will benefit the Quad-Cities for decades.â€ť
Recently, MetroLINK was named as the 2012 Outstanding Public Transportation System for all agencies in North America carrying between 1 million and 4 million passengers annually. MetroLINK carried 3.5 million trips in fiscal year 2011.<< previous 1 2