Practice Spotlight: Construction Services

June 27, 2016

The Construction Services team is a trusted partner.
You may be familiar with, and even have worked alongside, the Construction Services (CS) practice. The practice is unique within the company in that it touches all of Michael Baker’s markets and is involved during all phases of project delivery, from preconstruction through construction and post-construction.  CS team members often can be found on-site during the construction phase to witness the planning and design transform into a tangible project.
The primary focus of the practice is to support the goals of construction projects – performing services that ensure they are safely delivered on-time, at or under budget, with the highest possible quality and without claims. The team aims to bring cost-effective construction expertise to the lifecycle of clients’ assets.
Our team members differentiate us from our competition.
We focus on being inextricably joined with our clients to build innovative solutions from the ground up, concentrating on our basic principles of improving safety, saving money, being timely and efficient, and improving quality. 
We develop new and innovative tools that help deliver the highest-quality projects for our clients. Recently we’ve introduced e-construction technology to improve team collaboration, project documentation, inspection data collection, and to reduce paper and waste. 
Our Signature Projects
Audubon-20Bridge-20060.jpgMichael Baker provided program and construction management services for the design-build delivery of the John James Audubon Bridge, completed in 2011. The 3,186-foot-long bridge located over the Mississippi River in central Louisiana is the longest cable-stayed structure in North America (and second longest cable-stayed structure in the Western Hemisphere) and is a critically important regional transportation link. Michael Baker served as the owner's representative, overseeing contractor performance and providing quality assurance services.
Pgh-Intermodal.jpgCurrently, Michael Baker is providing construction management and inspection services for the new Pittsburgh Intermodal Rail Terminal. The new terminal is to be constructed on a 78-acre site that includes a client-owned rail yard, an out-of-service rail yard, private businesses and undeveloped land. It is anticipated to open in 2017 with an initial annual capacity of 50,000 lifts. 
qu-newtown-11-14-17.jpgMichael Baker is also currently providing construction management services as part of a tri-venture team for the Newtown Creek Water Pollution Control Plant. The $1.5 billion, 10-year upgrade is part of a capital improvement program for the wastewater treatment plant, intended to increase the plant's current operating capacity by 50 percent to 700 million gallons of wastewater per day and ensure that the facility complies with Clean Water Act treatment standards. The plant is located on a 53-acre site and is the largest of the 14 wastewater treatment facilities within New York City, processing flow from the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. 
Looking Forward
The practice is expecting a significant geographic surface transportation market expansion in Florida and Texas and continued rail/transit market growth nationwide.
The team plans to align projects and tools with industry trends, such as:
  • -Public clients downsizing – more outsourcing to consultants for CS services
  • -Alternative delivery for mega-projects – creative financing and streamlined delivery
  • -Projects moving to all-digital delivery – eliminating paper and inefficiencies