A 53,304-square-foot prefabricated steel building maintenance facility and 55,912-square-foot structural steel Administration and Health and Welfare building are two phases of a project that increases the capability of Amtrak in all aspects of their operations. When the Great Northern Railway was created in 1889 to serve a vast new territory, rolling stock came up the Mississippi River on barges. When steamboats and ox carts brought supplies, the vision for the future started to become real. The final spike was driven near Scenic, Washington, on January 6, 1893.
Few could envision the level of technical expertise and hard work needed to run today’s railroading system. This two-phase project for the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) challenged everyone involved to understand a bit of railroad history, modern rail systems, and aggressive planning and scheduling. A lean, 30-month schedule required the relocation of track and equipment, the installation of sophisticated railroading systems, facilities upgrades, and the flexibility to execute while full railroad operations continued unabated.
PCL’s phased construction plan had strategic and tactical advantages that accommodated all aspects of the construction, from the installation of Talgo wheel-turning equipment and wheel-truing technology, to the upgrade of existing facilities.
The project was dynamic, and that energy was matched by PCL’s construction leadership on this design-build project. When the “golden spike” was driven on this project, Amtrak received a full carload of increased capability.