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Dec 2, 2022
Rendering courtesy of Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District December 2, 2022 A project to install a suicide-deterrence net and perform other upgrades on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is now expected to complete five years late and cost more than double the original contract price, the project’s contractors say. The joint venture leading the project filed a breach-of-contract complaint against the agency that manages the bridge seeking $195 million in damages, while the agency says delays were caused by changes in the contractor’s ownership. Shimmick/Danny’s Joint Venture, a JV of California-based Shimmick Construction Co. Inc. and steel erection contractor Danny’s Construction Co. LLC, is the prime contractor on the project for the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. In 2017, they signed a $142-million contract for the project, which was originally slated to complete by early 2021. SDJV says it now expects to complete the work in 2026 at a cost of $398 million, and it blames the bridge district for the delays and overruns. The bridge district “seeks to hold SDJV hostage and have it complete the work with no adjustment in price,” the contractors allege. Their claims were filed in a cross-complaint of a case originally filed against them last year by Oregon-based Vigor Works LLC, a structural steel supplier that says it is still owed millions of dollars for the project. The project includes building a physical suicide deterrent system with 385,000 sq ft of marine-grade stainless steel net stretched across 555 tons of steel supports bearing the net 20 ft out and 20 ft below both sides of most of the bridge’s 1.7-mile span. The plan also calls for construction of wind retrofits to account for the increased aerodynamic profile and wind load, and the removal and replacement of a “traveler” system used to access the underside of the bridge for maintenance. A modernized electric traveler would replace a diesel-powered system from the 1950s, and its new running rails would allow for the net to be installed under the bridge. SDJV says it was unaware of deterioration to the bridge that has inhibited its ability to perform work, which caused it to initially price the work lower than it would have if it had been aware of the bridge’s condition. The joint venture was the lower of two bidders for the project with its $142-million price, records show. The other bidder, American Bridge Company of Coraopolis, Pa., bid $172 million. “We were alarmed to discover the district concealed significant information during the proposal phase of the project, including extensive deterioration in certain areas of the bridge, which impacted SDJV’s ability to perform its work,” a spokesperson for Shimmick Construction said in a statement. The contractors say the bridge district “concealed significant information” about the deterioration during the bidding process, and that prospective bidders were given access to only limited parts of the bridge during walk-throughs, and not allowed to shoot photos in areas that were not accessible to the public or take measurements. Details about the deterioration were redacted from publicly available copies of court records. Paolo Cosulich-Schwartz, a bridge district representative, said in a statement that the agency is “deeply frustrated by the contractor’s slow pace of construction and multiple delays building the suicide barrier.” “The district has been transparent with Shimmick about the condition of the bridge throughout the project,” Cosulich-Schwartz said, adding that the district would continue working with the contractor “to complete this life-saving project as quickly as possible.” Cosulich-Schwartz attributed the delays to changes in Shimmick’s ownership. Shimmick has changed hands twice since winning the contract in early 2017. Later that year, AECOM announced it would buy Shimmick in a deal valued at $175 million. In early 2021, investment firm Oroco Capital closed on a purchase of Shimmick and other civil construction businesses from AECOM for an undisclosed price. However, the contractors say in their complaint that the district caused delays and overruns in several ways. Flaws in the bridge district’s design for the traveler's rail chair and the bridge's wind fairing forced them to abandon their “carefully thought-out and efficient plan” and decouple work on the top of the bridge from work on the bottom, slowing construction and adding costs. They assert that the district required an “unnecessary” standard for scaffolding that was more expensive, slower and less efficient, and refused to pay SDJV’s increased costs. Also, material for the travelers was not available from a domestic producer, but the district did not obtain a Buy America Act waiver from the Federal Highway Administration until 2022, preventing work on portions of the project from beginning until after the originally scheduled completion date, SDJV says. “Rather than address these issues, the district has stubbornly refused to take responsibility,” Shimick’s spokesperson said. “We do not take this action lightly.” An attorney for Vigor Works did not immediately respond to inquiries about the case. SDJV says it now expects to complete the suicide deterrent net in 2023. It anticipates completing the final piece of the project, the travelers, in early 2026. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a hotline for individuals in crisis or for those looking to help someone else. To speak with a certified listener, call 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741.
Shimmick Construction Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Where is Shimmick Construction's headquarters?
Shimmick Construction's headquarters is located at 8201 Edgewater Drive, Oakland.
What is Shimmick Construction's latest funding round?
Shimmick Construction's latest funding round is Acq - Fin.
Who are the investors of Shimmick Construction?
Investors of Shimmick Construction include Oroco Capital and AECOM Technology.
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