UC Irvine Bison Avenue Surface Lot Design-Build

The Design-Build team of Sully-Miller Contracting and KPFF Engineering, Inc. was awarded the $3.5M Bison Avenue Surface Lot Design-Build project from the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) after a challenging and highly competitive pursuit. This alternative delivery project was procured with a Request for Proposals to anonymously select a best-value contractor. Submitting firms had to remain anonymous and omit any identifying information or experience from their submission. This Design-Build project will provide 1,000 stalls and 20 electric vehicle charging stations for UC Irvine faculty, staff, and students.

UC Irvine has a parking supply-and-demand imbalance. They lost approximately 1,200 parking spaces between 2007 and 2015 due to campus expansions but have been able to find ways to functionally absorb that loss. With UC Irvine’s forecasted growth combined with additional building projects in the works, the University will lose an additional 900 to 1,700 parking stalls between 2017 and 2020. This Bison Avenue Surface Lot Design-Build project will mitigate the impacts of future parking space losses while providing accessible parking for university students, faculty, and staff.

The proposed project will construct an approximately 330,000 square-foot parking lot that could accommodate up to 1,100 spaces on the approximately 7.6-acre site located just off the busy Bison Avenue. The University will anonymously select the best-value Design-Build contractor to complete the project from design assistance to site clearing to the final construction phase. Scope includes site clearing and preparation, construction of the paved-surface-parking-lot as well as the associated curbs, gutters, driveways, and sidewalks. The additional scope will include site drainage and stormwater management, site lighting, emergency call stations, and electrical infrastructure for future electric vehicle charging stations which will be included along with aesthetic landscaping and irrigation systems. Part of the University’s goals for the proposed project is accommodation for the future installation of an information booth and security access gate if later deemed necessary.

The specificity of the scope, the busy site location with both vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and the limited scope of information included in the Request for Proposals made this project pursuit a challenge for Sully-Miller. Mission Critical spearheaded the pursuit as the Pursuit Manager and worked with the Sully-Miller/KPFF team to develop a Statement of Proposal that focused on approach-based solutions, betterments, and risk mitigations while remaining anonymous.

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