SDOT reached two key milestones recently to move the First Hill Streetcar line closer to the start of construction. SDOT completed the evaluation process for selection of the project general contractor/construction manager (GC/CM). This was a best value process based on qualifications and proposed fee for construction management services. The apparent best value proposer is Stacy & Witbeck, Inc. The GC/CM will manage the scheduling and day-to-day construction activities that go into making the First Hill Streetcar a reality. Stacy & Witbeck are highly qualified, with experience as builders of the South Lake Union Streetcar and the Portland Streetcar.
SDOT has also issued an Industry Review Draft of a request for proposals (RFP) to manufacture streetcar vehicles for the project. At least six streetcars will be needed for the 2.5 mile First Hill line. The new streetcars will be very similar to those now operating on the South Lake Union Line. After receiving comments on the draft from potential suppliers, SDOT will issue a final RFP, with selection of a supplier anticipated by mid-2011.
To learn more about the First Hill Streetcar, visit the project homepage.