Tutor Perini Corp., a leading civil, building and specialty construction company, announced on Feb. 19 that the Tutor Perini/O&G Joint Venture has received a notice of intent to award a contract from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for the Purple Line Extension Section 3 Stations project.
The contract value is anticipated to be approximately $1.4 billion. The scope of work entails the design and construction of two new subway stations at Westwood/UCLA and Westwood/Veteran Administration (VA) Hospital. The company is currently performing initial design work on the companion Purple Line Extension Section 3 Tunnels project, awarded last year, which will build the tunnels and related systems that will connect with the new Westwood/UCLA and Westwood/VA Hospital stations.
The contract value will be included in the company’s first quarter 2019 backlog.
The Purple Line Extension, Section 3, will add 2.56 miles of new rail to Metro’s Rail system and connect downtown Los Angeles to the Westside. The project is anticipated to begin construction in 2019 and be open for operations in 2026.
The Westwood/UCLA station box will be located under Wilshire Blvd. between Veteran Ave. and Westwood Blvd. A construction staging area is located at the UCLA parking lot north of Wilshire Blvd. between Gayley Ave. and Veteran Ave. The main station entrance will be located to the west of Gayley Ave., which will be equipped with stairs, escalators, elevators and bicycle parking. Other entrance(s) are also under consideration and development. Centrally located in Westwood, the Westwood/UCLA station will provide patrons with access to the Westwood Medical Center, Hammer Museum, UCLA campus and the surrounding Westwood Village.
Westwood/VA Hospital Station
The Westwood/VA Hospital station box, including two crossovers, will be located to the west of the I‐405 Freeway and south of Wilshire Blvd. A pedestrian bridge to the south of Wilshire Blvd. and vertical circulation equipment to the north will enhance patron access to the station entrance from existing bus stops at the elevated Wilshire Blvd. overpass. The main station entrance will be equipped with stairs, escalators, elevators and bicycle parking. The Westwood/VA Hospital station in West LA will provide a reliable transportation option to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Medical Center and the surrounding U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs campus, with connections to the westside and its surrounding areas of interest.