Halmar Awarded $10.5 Million Contract from MNR for Emergency Track Repair on the Port Jervis Line
As a result of the August 28th Tropical Storm Irene, and subsequent flooding, extensive damage totaling approximately $50 million was sustained on MNR’s Port Jervis Line, including washouts of right-of-way and earth to depths of 7 feet, leaving large sections of track hanging or grossly misaligned. Halmar was awarded a contract valued at approximately $10.5 million to reconstruct the line from “MP31” to “MP45”, which runs in a geographical north-south direction located between NYS Route 59 and Harriman Station and I87 and NYS Route 17. Halmar was selected from an expedited bidding process for this portion, with MNR’s overall goal of resuming service along the entire Port Jervis Line by end of year.

For the reconstruction from “MP31” to “MP45”, Halmar will perform a phased approach, with Phase 1 restoring the embankments, structures, storm water control grading and structures, track, and systems for Track 2, and Phase 2 restoring the embankment, structures, storm water control grading and structures, track, and systems for Track 1 and for the access road.

"We are committed to restoring the Port Jervis Line as quickly as possible. It is an important part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's regional network," said Metro-North Railroad President Howard Permut in a previous MNR press release.

Halmar Principal Chris Larsen stated, “We are focused on meeting the goals of this emergency project, and understand the impact that the flooding had on the commuters who rely on the Port Jervis Line. We have had a solid reputation with MNR throughout the years, and our team is already deployed to the site and making progress.”

Work to Begin Immediately; Expected to be Completed by February
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald today announced that emergency reconstruction of State Route 42 in Greene County will begin today and be completed by February 2012. Two bridges and six miles of road were destroyed by severe flooding caused by Hurricane Irene. The work is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ongoing efforts to restore New York’s roads and bridges to pre-storm conditions. "The DOT has been working diligently to restore our roads and bridges at the direction of Governor Cuomo, with nearly all of them reopened to pre-storm conditions," Commissioner McDonald said. "Route 42 will be a top priority of ours until the work is completed. NYSDOT, working with the design and construction industry, is pleased to be utilizing the design/build project delivery method to quickly restore Route 42 to the residents of Ulster and Greene counties." (See complete article)

Voter approval of New York State’s $2.9-billion transportation measure will mean boost for New York City Transit megaprojects. We are very excited by the prospect of the Second Avenue subway and East Side Access projects as well as dozens of other projects around the state finally getting started. We worked very hard with other industry leaders supporting this measure and it’s good to see our hard work pay off with the prospect of improved infrastructure for new Yorkers.


Total construction spending in New York City could top $21 billion in each of the next three years. According to the New York Building Congress annual outlook construction spending will reach a record $18.4 billion in 2005 and may increase by 14% in 2006 to over $21 billion.  The largest increase is expected in public sector construction. Fueled by record-setting Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Port Authority capital plans as well as the recently approved transportation bond act public sector spending will increase 24% to $12 billion in 2006. The outlook is very positive for us and we anticipate participating on many significant projects over the next three years.


Halmar International on Atlantic Yards Project

Atlantic YardsHalmar International’s unique rail transit expertise is being put to use on Forest City Ratner’s Atlantic Yards project. The $3.2 billion project involves relocating a LIRR yard and future overbuild of the yard as well as its signature arena for the NBA Nets. Halmar was brought in by the project’s rail yard component CM The McKissack Group.

Halmar has performed a host of preconstruction services including; cost and schedule review, constructability review, EIS work, and procurement advisement. “We have unique experience and expertise in transit construction that cannot be found anywhere else. We were able to save Forest City Ratner millions of dollars through our value engineering and our ability to stage and access the work”.

This project is extremely challenging, besides construction being performed in very constrained conditions and around an active yard rail road yard, the work has to be closely coordinated among many contractors and must meet very tight schedules.

Halmar part of Daniel Frankfurt PC team on 11th Avenue Viaduct Reconstruction project.

11th Avenue Viaduct Halmar International has joined the Daniel Frankfurt team for the final design on NYCDOT’S $150 million project to reconstruct the 11th Avenue Viaduct from 26th street to 39th street. Halmar will provide it’s expertise to the team performing cost estimates, construction scheduling and constructability assessments.

The project is particularly challenging for the construction required over active LIRR and Amtrak rail road yards as well as the amount of other construction projects being progressed simultaneously in the vicinity. Learn more about Daniel Frankfurt PC at www.dfpc.com.

Halmar back to working on the rail road.
Halmar international’s construction division has been given notice to proceed to begin work expanding and upgrading the parking facilities at Metro North Railroad's Irvington and Greystone stations. “We are very happy to be working for Metro North again” says Chris Larsen – a Halmar principal. “We’ve done so much work for Metro North in the past – something like 20 stations, 3 yards, R.O.W. improvements and bridges that it just seems so natural to be working on the rail road again.”

Halmar begins NYSDOT project.
Halmar International’s construction division with joint venture partner China Construction America Civil has begun work on a new $14.2 million ramp and bridge project in Mt. Pleasant, New York. The project known as ramp X will provide a connection from southbound Rt. 9A to the southbound Taconic State Parkway. “ Everybody in Westchester County knows the Halmar name and we look forward to delivering another signature project” says Halmar’s project manager Sean Burke.

Halmar assists Frank Sciame on WTC Memorial review.

Chris Larsen was appointed to a high level panel of special experts to assist Frank Sciame who was appointed by Governor Pataki to lead the effort to ensure a buildable World Trade Center Memorial.

Mr. Larsen and Halmar provided their expertise evaluating and value engineering the projects infrastructure elements. See the full Sciame report at FRANK_SCIAME_Draft_rec_analysis.pdf.

Halmar part of Weidlinger team for preliminary design for NYCDOT $150 million reconstruction of the Staten Island Ferry St. Georges Terminal Ramps and Decks.

Halmar International will bring it’s expertise on design/build projects especially the ability to conceptually estimate construction costs to the Weidlinger team on this project which will be let by NYCDOT as a design build project.

Halmar will also provide constructability assessments, scheduling and procurement advisement services.
Learn more about Weidlinger at www.wai.com.

Halmar completes cost estimates for Michael Baker in New Jersey
Halmar International has completed its second cost estimate review for Michael Baker Engineers for the New Jersey Department of Transportation projects. The two projects on I-78 and I-295 are fast track highway rehabilitation and resurfacing projects estimated to cost over $125 million. Halmar was selected to perform cost review and estimating for these projects due to our extensive highway construction experience and record for fast and accurate estimates.

New York City gets value from Halmar
Halmar international has quickly gained a reputation for excellence in value engineering. Halmar recently completed its fifth value engineering study for NYC Office of Management and Budget.” We bring a unique contractor’s perspective and a very professional approach to value engineering and we’ve been able to deliver exceptional results for our clients” says Paul Atkins a principal of Halmar International. For NYC OMB Halmar has performed VE studies on; cruise ship terminals, roadways and viaducts, procurement methods and other facilities. The value of these projects are in the hundreds of millions of dollars and we are very pleased that we have been repeatedly selected for these studies.

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