Substantial CMGC Win: Caltrans SR 140 Ferguson Slide

The $52M SR 140 Ferguson Slide CMGC is one of six projects procured by Caltrans under the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC) pilot program authorized by California Assembly Bill No. 2498. It was also the second CMGC project awarded in the State of California and the first for the Myers-Wadsworth Joint Venture team. The project site is on State Route 140 in Mariposa County, where the Ferguson rockslide covered SR 140 with 798,000 tons of rock and debris in April 2006. Before the Ferguson rockslide, State Route 140 was a two-lane, undivided highway. By selecting the SR 140 project for inclusion within the CMGC pilot program, Caltrans acknowledged both the unique challenges and collaborative efforts necessary to successfully manage the project’s design and construction. For the Mission Critical team, the challenges were significant as well.

  • As the second CMGC procurement ever issued by Caltrans, there was little “historical data” to highlight the agency’s scoring and review practices.
  • The project itself required a high level of technical understanding of geologic slope failures and expertise in developing content to address the project’s significant safety, phasing, access, and talus removal components.
  • Lastly, as the second rock shed construction project in California, the project attracted a strong and competitive field of large, national contractors.

“The SR 140 project really emphasized the strength of the Mission Critical team to work with our clients to deliver solid technical content,” says Matthew Costabile, Managing Partner.

Our Proposal Management plan began with content mapping and technical review meetings to identify issues and challenges that would require a more specialized narrative focus. We then worked directly with Myers-Wadsworth JV team members and our Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to develop and vet phasing, environmental, and risk alternatives while concurrently building a comprehensive CMGC approach that facilitated collaboration, transparency, and accountability. SR 140 has achieved a number of notable firsts:

  • First CMGC win for the Myers-Wadsworth JV team
  • First Caltrans CMGC project to arrive at a successful and approved Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP)
  • First Caltrans CMGC project to begin construction activities

Mission Critical helped the Myers & Sons team earn two of the original six Caltrans CMGC pilot program projects, including the $52M SR 140 Ferguson Slide for Myers-Wadsworth JV and the $79M I-215 Barton Road Interchange with the Myers-Rados Joint Venture. These wins prove that creative technical content is once again key to the win.

If you’re interested in learning more about the technical aspects of this project or the impact Mission Critical had on the success of this pursuit, please click the link below.

Caltrans SR-140 Ferguson Slide Reconstruction CMGC