Amtrak Selects Delivery Partner for Frederick Douglass Tunnel Program

Amtrak has awarded its first ‘Delivery Partner’ contract to a team comprised of AECOM and Jacobs to support the 6 billion USD Frederick Douglass Tunnel Program.

This construction management approach aims to help drive the successful execution of the project. The award follows a competitive procurement process that began in early 2023.

Frederick Douglass Tunnel with electrified trains
The future Frederick Douglass Tunnel with electrified trains

In a Delivery Partner model, the private partner shares in Amtrak’s risk and is incentivised to help Amtrak achieve overall programme outcomes.

The Delivery Partner’s work will include design oversight, construction management, contract management and other administrative support.

This contract has been awarded to ADVANCE: a joint venture between AECOM and Jacobs.

Amtrak Executive Vice President of Capital Delivery Laura Mason said:

“We’re proud to award this important Delivery Partner contract that will help continue the positive momentum for the Frederick Douglass Tunnel Program. Amtrak has built an industry-leading Capital Delivery department and continues to leverage innovative project delivery approaches like this, as we work to replace and modernise our critical infrastructure assets.”

This announcement follows Amtrak’s award of a CMAR contract to build the new Frederick Douglass Tunnel in February.

Last autumn, Amtrak also awarded demolition contracts and a CMAR contract for the programme’s Southern Approach.

Early works on the project began in 2023 and demolition is underway. Major construction is then scheduled to begin later this year.

Amtrak Assistant Vice President Luigi Rosa, who is leading the Program said:

“We’re excited to welcome the ADVANCE team onboard and appreciate the vast experience they’ll bring to our integrated project management team. We look forward to introducing some of these new team members at a future community meeting.”

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