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Metro Solutions – Southeast Corridor

Metro Solutions – Southeast Corridor

Client: Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam, Inc. / METRO

Location: Houston, Texas

KIT was a subconsultant to LAN for this Design-Build transit project. The project involved construction of Light Rail Transit (LRT) system primarily within existing street rights-of-way. This project is part of regional efforts to improve mobility, accessibility, and system linkages. The Southeast Corridor is approximately 6.8 miles in length, extending from downtown Houston to Palm Center and a storage yard at the terminus point. The Southeast Corridor also traverses through University of Houston Main Campus.

As a member of the LAN team, KIT provided the following professional engineering services for Segment 1A, Segment 1B, Segment 1C, Segment 2A, Segment 2B, Segment 3A, Segment 3B, Segment 4A, and storage yard:

Preparations of exhibits for proposed right-of-way acquisition for various parcels (approx. 200 parcels).
Provide CADD Support for LRT design including the following:

Modifications and Reconstruction of major thoroughfares for LRT guideway.
Existing water and sanitary sewer lines relocation
Drainage improvements
Other major underground utility relocations

Conducted a field inventory of existing pavement conditions including typical roadway cross-sections, roadway and intersection pavement markings, intersection traffic control, intersection lane use, pedestrian facilities, and unusual roadway features.
Evaluate existing traffic conditions and develop traffic control plans per the City of Houston/TxDOT design guidelines and in accordance with the procedures described in the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. KIT developed unique three step approach for each segment to allow utility relocation, street reconstruction followed by guide-way construction.
As part of Post Design Services, KIT routinely modified TCP plans on short notice for changes in construction sequencing due to unforeseen conditions or unique opportunities to accelerate certain phases of ongoing Work activities.
Coordinated and obtained approvals from the City of Houston, TxDOT, and County Traffic [...]

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City of Houston HAS Program

City of Houston HAS Program

Client: City of Houston / Houston Airport System Program Management

Location: Houston, Texas

Program management services in support of activities and operations at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, William P. Hobby Airport, and Ellington Airport.

The program management services and associated personnel needs cover the typical broad spectrum of activities normally expected at a large multi-airport system including planning management, project controls, contract administration, commissioning management, MWBE contract compliance, seconded staffing related to capital project master plan implementation support, support to the capital improvement program, environmental activities related to development, demographics, economic impacts, management of planning data, planning support to airport management, individual planning project studies, and other activities normally associated with planning at large commercial and general aviation airports.  KIT provided a Quality Manager to supplement Houston Airport System who become a part of the planning, design and construction team for the duration of that need. As a part of the Houston Airport System program management team, KIT’s quality manager is providing support services in the development of construction quality control plans, reviewing construction plans and specifications, and providing limited construction phase services for airport projects.

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Runway and Taxiway Design

Runway and Taxiway Design

Project: City of Houston/Houston Airport System (HAS) Project 644 – Runway and Taxiway Design in Support of the Environmental Impact Study at George Bush International Airport

Client: Atkins North America / PBS&J / City of Houston / Houston Airport System

Location: Houston, Texas

As a member of the Atkins/PBS&J team, KIT provides access road design and CADD assistance.  The Phase I scope includes preliminary engineering of up to four alternative layouts of airport facilities in support of the Environmental Impact Study analysis.  The preliminary engineering for the purposes of the Environmental Impact Study is defined as 25 percent design. It is anticipated that Phase I will lead to the Phase II (final design) and Phase III (construction services) of a new runway and taxiway.  Specific tasks associated with preliminary design included development of horizontal alignments, development of vertical alignments, development of pavement limits, development of construction limits, and order of magnitude cost estimate.
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