By Nick Gilbert
The Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has awarded a contract valued at $66 million to Skanska to design and build a test track, parking garage, commissioning facility and other facilities adjacent to the Greenbelt Maintenance Yard situated in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
The new contract will be added to the order bookings of the Q2 2012 for Skanska USA Civil. The new facility will enable WMATA to perform testing and to deploy new and rehabilitated rail vehicles. The project involves the design and development of a roughly 3-km test track featuring automatic train control, traction power, and a 15-m long mock platform.
The project also features a commissioning facility to provide space to work on up to eight cars concurrently, with will also feature traction power, an overhead crane, and pedestal and embedded rail. A second floor space will accommodate a conference room and offices. The project will also include a 320-space parking garage. It will commence in July 2012 with completion slated in March 2014. The facility will be built to be able to earn LEED Silver Certification.
Skanska USA is a major development and construction company in the nation. The company’s Skanska USA Building business unit is a specialist in building construction; its Skanska USA Civil business unit deals in civil infrastructure; Skanska Infrastructure Development business unit is involved in the development of public-private partnerships, and Skanska Commercial Development business unit handles commercial development projects in the select United States markets.