Skanska Lands $365M Contract for NY Rail Facility

The company teamed up with ECCO to design and build the final phase of a project for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Michael Viggiano
Michael Viggiano, executive vice president, Skanska USA Civil

Skanska will begin construction of the final phase of the multi-million dollar rebuilding of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s century-old Croton-Harmon Shops and Yards complex in Westchester County, N.Y. Under a design-build contract valued at $365.1 million awarded to a joint venture of Skanska and ECCO, Skanksa will demolish two obsolete structures used for train maintenance and replace them with a new facility to service Metro-North Railroad’s electric fleet.

As part of the process aimed at reducing cost and saving time, Skanska was contracted to design and build the new structure. The project—the last of a three-phase demolition and construction development—is slated for completion in 2022.

“We recognize the importance of ensuring our regional transportation infrastructure remains world-class and are proud to be chosen to complete such a central project for Metro-North,” Michael Viggiano, executive vice president of Skanska USA Civil, said in a prepared statement.

Phase one and two

In 2007, Skanska completed a new $14 million “wheel truing” facility for wheel maintenance—the first of its kind in North America that can smooth four wheels simultaneously. It also added new Coach and Locomotive Repair Shops as part of a $282 million improvement project and is nearing completion of a separate $245 million contract to build a new Train Consist Shop Facility and Component Repair Shop, which will be used to repair and rebuild wheelsets for Metro-North’s fleet. The consist shop allows an entire train, known as a consist, to enter the facility without having to remove and reattach train cars, saving time and creating a safer environment for crews.

Metro-North is the MTA’s main commuter line on the east side of the Hudson River in New York and Connecticut. The Croton-Harmon yard is a 100-acre complex along the Hudson River that was built in the early 1900s and serves as the railroad’s primary service, repair and maintenance facility.

“It’s impossible to operate the railroad safely and efficiently without a well-maintained fleet. The Croton-Harmon Shops and Yard Replacement project brings an antiquated facility into the 21st century, ensuring we continue to provide the best possible service to our customers for generations to come,” Metro-North President Catherine Rinaldi said in a separate news release.

NY infrastructure projects

 Skanska has played a role in many of the New York region’s major infrastructure projects in recent years. More than 500 Skanska employees worked on the first phase of New York City’s new Second Street Subway that debuted on Jan. 1, 2017, with three stations. Other recent projects include the World Trade Center Transportation Hub and Oculus, the reconstruction of LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B and the renovation of the Moynihan Train Hall in Manhattan. In June 2017, Skanska began the $1.6 billion Phase Two of the train hall project, converting the historic James A. Farley Post Office Building into an addition to Penn Station. Skanska, which also built Phase One of the project between 2012 and 2017, was paid approximately $1.3 billion for Phase Two. It is scheduled for completion in 2020.

Image courtesy of Skanska