Shortlist Win: Caltrans Sacramento River BOH Replacement & Dunsmuir Gap CMGC

Mission Critical is always pleased to work with the Joint Venture (JV) of Walsh-Myers. Together they form a solid team comprised of two expert firms that are both long-standing clients of ours. This JV of Walsh Construction Company II and Myers & Sons Construction was awarded the $135 million Sacramento River Bridge Overhead Deck Replacement and Dunsmuir Gap CMGC by Caltrans District 2 after an incredible performance in both the Statement of Qualifications and the virtual interview in this two-stage procurement.

This bridge replacement and roadway rehabilitation project, located in Siskiyou County, Califonia, drew a highly competitive selection of firms with strong reputations and local presence. Any one of the other submitters would have been capable of completing the project, so the proposal’s approach shifted slightly. Through intensive focus groups with the Walsh-Myers teams and several late nights of brainstorming through the approach section of the proposal, Mission Critical developed a thorough technical narrative that not only relayed the team’s capability, but clearly presented their best-practice strategies, the tools to achieve them, and the qualifications of the personnel that would be putting them into action for the District. In doing so, the proposal illustrated to Caltrans how Walsh-Myers was more than just a qualified and capable contractor—we demonstrated their ability and experience as a CMGC partner.

On notice of shortlist, we began an intensive process of Interview Coaching which included study lists, presentation materials, outlines, and delivery coaching. As this pursuit was unfolding amid the travel and social distancing restrictions set in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Caltrans conducted the official interview remotely through a virtual conferencing platform. This was a new system for the procurement process that no one on either team had used in this context. Even so, our agility and long-standing use of these technologies allowed us to coach the entire geographically dispersed interviewing team through a virtual, non-video interview presentation and Q&A session.

“Knowing the competitive Caltrans CMGC market, the Walsh-Myers JV selected Mission Critical to capture our experience and strength and bring our technical innovations to reality. They then did a fantastic job in preparing our Team to perform successfully in a new and challenging ‘audio only’ interview format to win this $135M District 2 project.”

David Cramer, Senior Project Manager, Walsh Construction Company II

This pursuit provided some unique obstacles which we overcame to provide the Walsh-Myers JV with a winning Statement of Qualifications as well as the tools to succeed in the non-standard interview. We wish them the best of luck on their Sacramento River BOH Deck Replacement and Dunsmuir Gap Project, with their Preconstruction Contract slated to begin on May 18, 2020, and Construction in August 2022.

Click the link below to learn more about the impact Mission Critical had on this pursuit and the technical aspects of this project.

Caltrans Sacramento River / Dunsmuir Gap CMGC

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