MCSS has extensive experience in providing construction management and engineering services for the following projects:
Program-wide Consultant Construction Management (CCM) and Inspection Services for Signals and Train Control Program, NYCT
MCSS is an active participant on all of the CCM teams that are or will be providing construction management services on a task order basis to NYCT on Signals projects.
- Dyre Avenue Signal Modernization
MCSS is supporting the efforts of Consultant Construction Manager Parsons by providing signal inspection services including installation of signal and track cases, installation of I-J joints, wiring signal cases, installation of messenger cables, pulling line and local cables, and wiring relays in relay rooms.
- Continental and Union Turnpike Interlocking Modernization
CH2M has been selected by NYCT to provide Consultant Construction Management Services on this project. MCSS is supporting CH2M by providing signal system installation inspections for signal equipment including signal cables and cases, I-J joints, and signal heads. MCSS personnel are also inspecting the internal wiring of signal equipment.
- QBL CBTC
MCSS is supporting the efforts of Consultant Construction Manager Parsons on the project to install Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) on the Queens Boulevard Line (QBL). MCSS has provided the Construction Manager who is responsible for overseeing all field installation work. In addition, MCSS is providing signal construction field inspection services and project safety support.
- Kings Highway Interlocking Modernization
MCSS is providing signal system installation inspection services on this project in support of Consultant Construction Manager, Jacobs Civil. MCSS personnel are performing inspections of signal system installation including signal cables, signal equipment, and I-J joints.
PATH ATC, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
The Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation (PATH) operates a full-time rail system that connects New York and New Jersey with 43 track miles through two tunnels under the Hudson River. The aging PATH system, which is over 100 years old, is currently upgrading to Automatic Train Control (ATC). ATC will be realized by the application of Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) technology. Specialized communications equipment will be installed on PATH railcars as well as along the wayside to provide instantaneous real-time information on the location of every train. In addition to the ATC implementation, a state-of-the-art conventional signal system will be designed and installed on the PATH system.
MCSS is a member of the CH2M Hill Program Management Team on the PATH ATC Project. MCSS personnel are estimating costs for complex software, hardware, signal equipment and systems-related change orders. MCSS is taking a lead role in signal design by reviewing and monitoring the contractor’s AWS/CBTC interface as well as a lead role in construction by providing the Construction Manager who is responsible for overseeing all field installation work. In addition, MCSS is providing signal construction field inspection services.
East Side Access, MTA LIRR/Capital Construction
The East Side Access project will bring LIRR service to a new LIRR terminal beneath Grand Central Terminal (GCT) in Manhattan. Access will be provided by outfitting the lower levels of the 63rd Street Tunnel under the East River for LIRR operations. It includes the now complete TBM construction of new tunnels from 63rd Street to GCT, as well as new tunnels from the 63rd Street Tunnel to Harold Interlocking in Queens. At GCT, a new passenger concourse is being constructed in space currently occupied by Metro-North’s Madison Avenue Yard at an elevation below GCT’s existing lower level.
MCSS has been providing project control support including cost estimating and cost control, program/project scheduling, and document control as part of the URS Program Management Oversight Team on the East Side Access Project since 1999.
MCSS has also joined the Jacobs/Liro Consultant Construction Management Team on the East Side Access Project and is currently preparing cost estimates for additional work orders and performing inspections and office engineering support.
MCSS is also providing cost control and budget analysis support directly to the LIRR on the East Side Access Project as part of an on-going General Engineering Contract.
Second Avenue Subway, MTA Capital Construction
The construction of the Second Avenue Subway, part of the MTA’s first major expansion of New York City’s transportation network in 60 years, will serve the East Side of Manhattan where continued growth has led to overcrowding on the Lexington Avenue subway line.
MCSS is supporting the efforts of Parsons Brinckerhoff, the Construction Manager for the current Second Avenue Subway Program. The activities of our personnel include the preparation of estimates for additional work orders, construction management support, scheduling support, resident engineering services, and signals and communication systems inspections.
Sandy Recovery and Resiliency, MTA New York City Transit
On October 29, 2012 Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the southern coast of New Jersey with devastating impact to the area including New York City. The East River overflowed its banks and in combination with a 14-foot surge that struck Battery Park, flooded seven subway tunnels and caused extensive damage to NYCT facilities. In order to rehabilitate these facilities in an expeditious manner, NYCT entered into contracts with several leading A/E firms to provide construction management services. These services are being provided on an indefinite quantity task order basis.
- Recovery/Resiliency Projects, Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn
New York City Transit has selected AECOM for the role of Consultant Construction Manager to support them in the management of eleven small recovery/resiliency projects located in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. Nine of these contracts will be included in the Small Business Federal Program (SBFP). The eleven contracts are: A36931 (SBFP) Penetration Mitigation, Manhattan; A36936 (SBFP) Deployable Sidewalk Vent Covers, Manhattan; A36937 (SBFP) Furnish & Install Stackable Logs, Stair Covers, and Marine Doors, 3 Stations in Manhattan; A37611 (SBFP) Furnish & Install Stackable Logs, Stair Covers, and Marine Doors, 2 Stations in Manhattan; A36941 (SBFP) Furnish & Install Water Tight Insert Devices in Manholes, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens; A36942 (SBFP) Furnish & Install Removable Sidewalk Vent Covers, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens; A36943 (SBFP) Furnish & Install Under Grating Mechanical Closure Devices, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens; A36944 (SBFP) Furnish & Install Flood Mitigation/Resiliency Measures at 6 Stations, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens; A31692 (SBFP) Furnish & Install Under Grating Mechanical Closure Devices and Access Hatches, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens; C34830 Coney Island Yard Near Term Flood Mitigation; and Near Term Flood Mitigation, 3 Locations.MCSS is supporting the efforts of AECOM with construction management support including project administration, document control, and office engineering.
- South Ferry Terminal
MCSS is supporting Consultant Construction Manager AECOM on the rehabilitation of the South Ferry Terminal where flood waters 80-feet deep destroyed mechanical and electrical systems and equipment, including railroad signals and switches. MCSS is performing signals and communications system inspections, safety coordination, and office support, during the Terminal rehabilitation.
- Stillwell Terminal
MCSS is supporting the Consultant Construction Manager T Y Lin on the rehabilitation of facilities on street level at the Stillwell Avenue Terminal. Stillwell Avenue, only a few feet above sea level, was flooded, damaging many of the employee and passenger facilities that are located below the elevated track structures. MCSS is supporting the T Y Lin team in the areas of safety and construction inspections.
- Repair of Circuit Breaker Houses (CBHs)
MCSS is supporting the Consultant Construction Manager T Y Lin on the repair of circuit breaker houses (CBHs) which is being undertaken to fortify the electrical distribution system of New York City Transit. Work includes repair or replacement of roofs and windows, chemical grouting, and various techniques to improve the water-tightness of the CBHs. MCSS is supporting the T Y Lin team in the areas of office engineering, project controls, safety, and construction management inspections.
- Cranberry and Rutgers Tubes
MCSS is supporting the Consultant Construction Manager T Y Lin on the rehabilitation of Cranberry and Rutgers Tubes that sustained heavy infrastructure damage due to flooding from Hurricane Sandy. MCSS is supporting the T Y Lin team in the areas of office engineering and construction management inspections.
- Joralemon Tube
MCSS is supporting the Consultant Construction Manager T Y Lin on the rehabilitation of the Joralemon Tube that sustained heavy infrastructure damage due to flooding from Hurricane Sandy. The scope includes removal and replacement of various power and communications cables throughout the tunnel including relocation of communication cables to a higher elevation on the tunnel walls, the repair of cracks, spalls and hollow areas in the tunnel lining and in the high and low concrete duct bench, and the complete refurbishment of the Battery Park Street Substation and the replacement of tunnel lighting between Borough Hall and Bowling Green Stations. MCSS is supporting the T Y Lin team in the areas of office engineering and construction management inspections.
- Clark Street Tube Rehabilitation
MCSS is supporting the Consultant Construction Manager The LiRo Group on the rehabilitation of the Clark Street Tube beneath the East River Between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Damaged by flood waters driven by Hurricane Sandy, most of the rail infrastructure of the tube must be rehabilitated. MCSS is preforming signal system installation inspection services on this project.
- Canarsie Tube Rehabilitation
Jacobs Civil has been selected by NYCT to perform Consultant Construction Management services on the Canarsie Tube Rehabilitation project. The Canarsie Tube was heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy. MCSS is supporting Jacobs in the areas of signal systems installation field inspection services and project safety support.
IQ Scheduling Support Services, MTA NYCT
MCSS has been providing expert professional scheduling support services continuously to the Capital Program Management Department of New York City Transit since 1997. MCSS Schedulers blend seamlessly within the Department in assignments in various Program Areas where their responsibilities include all aspects of schedule development from conceptual planning to project closeout. They also perform time impact and delay analyses, participate in constructability reviews, and prepare schedule-related documentation in support or defense of delay claims. MCSS Schedulers rely on quantity takeoffs and production rates provided by their Cost Estimating colleagues to validate construction activity durations. MCSS has participated in the planning of all NYCT CBTC projects and MCSS personnel are responsible for the review, approval, and maintenance of contractors’ resource loaded CPM schedules, performance of time and cost impact analyses, and preparation of progress reports for various levels of management for the Canarsie CBTC project, the R160 Railcar CBTC Equipment Installation project, the Culver CBTC Test Track project, and the Flushing CBTC project.
On-Site Scheduling Consultants, MTA MNR
MCSS is augmenting MNR’s Capital Engineering’s Project Control and Technical Services (PC&TS) staff with Schedulers that work out of MNR offices in Mid-town Manhattan. The Schedulers are under the supervision of and report directly to the Director of PC&TS and support the MNR capital engineering program with schedule management on design and construction projects.
IQ Cost Estimating and Cost Control Support, MTA NYCT
MCSS Cost Estimators address the preparation, maintenance, modification, and revision of cost estimates for any and/or all deliverable aspects of projects from studies and conceptual designs to preliminary and final designs, including construction bid packages. They prepare cost estimates in spreadsheet format that are prepared, itemized, rolled up, and summarized using a work breakdown structure provided by the Cost Estimating Division. Cost estimates are based on unit quantities derived by quantifying work scopes or by performing takeoffs from available drawings and on material unit prices and equipment costs derived from supplier and vendor quotes or from industry reference materials. MCSS Cost Estimators rely on their expertise to develop unit labor hours, work shifts and times, and crew mix requirements for the work of multiple trades and apply labor rates to determine labor components of estimates. Estimates include general conditions and mobilization components, as well as appropriate contingencies, overhead, bond, and insurance costs, and profits and are escalated as required to the midpoint of construction. All estimates are accompanied by a report that documents the basis of the estimate.
MCSS Cost Estimators also play a significant role in the additional work order (AWO) process where they participate in AWO scope development and prepare AWO and AWO Study cost estimates. All aspects of cost estimate preparation including preparation of the basis of estimate report also applies to the preparation of AWO and AWO Study estimates. MCSS Cost Estimators also attend AWO negotiation meetings in support of the Construction Manager.
MCSS Cost Control Engineers maintain the cost control system, monitor actual vs. planned cash flows, forecast costs at project completion, and prepare accurate, clear, and concise monthly project cost reports. They coordinate workday reporting with NYCT field personnel and participate with the construction or design management team in all project meetings where cost-related and progress matters are discussed. They produce cost reports for each of their assigned projects based on reported progress, interviews with members of the construction or design management team, discussions at project meetings, and personal field observations.
Design of the Fulton Street Transit Center, MTA Capital Construction
As a subconsultant to ARUP, the Designer of the Fulton Street Transit Center, MCSS performed cost control functions, monitoring actual costs, analyzing budgets, and forecasting costs at completion to help manage this massive design effort, which was performed under difficult time and budget constraints. MCSS also assisted the project management team with progress and cost reporting and client invoicing.
Expert Professional Project Delivery Support Svcs., Port Authority of NY & NJ
MCSS has been providing project control services to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as a prime consultant on consecutive call-in agreements since 1998 to assist the Port Authority with the management of its capital program. MCSS has provided personnel in various locations within the Port Authority in response to task order requests, where they work side by side with Port Authority personnel in preparing budgets and assessing project costs to formulate cost forecasts, and tracking progress on actual costs vs. budgeted costs. They are skillful in performing cost and budget analyses and preparing status reports and presentations. They support the bi-weekly, monthly, and quarterly reporting requirements of the Port Authority. MCSS is providing these support services to the Project Management Office as well as the Engineering Department.
Control Room Renovation at Combined-Cycle Power Plant, NYPA
This project is for the fast-tracked renovation of the Control Room of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) 500MW Combined-Cycle Power Plant to be in compliance with North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s – Critical Infrastructure Protection guidelines. The Control Room, which is locate on the second floor of the facility, will remain active during the renovation. All existing rooms will be demolished and replaced with a new layout including raised access flooring, acoustic tiled ceilings, new lighting, new HVAC distribution, and a Building Management System upgrade. MCSS cost estimating personnel, as part of the Ross & Baruzzini design team, are responsible for preparing the estimate for this work at the 30%, 60%, 90% design levels as well as the bid estimate.
General Engineering Consultant, MTA LIRR
MCSS provided Project Control Scheduling support to the Department of Program Management (DPM) of the Long Island Rail Road under a General Engineering Consultant Services task order contract. In these positions, MCSS Project Control Schedulers used their knowledge of the principles of critical path scheduling methodology and of Primavera P6 software to develop, maintain, and update CPM schedules, as directed by the Project Controls Manager or by designated LIRR staff and in concert with Project Team members.
IESS Design & Design Support, Throgs Neck Bridge, MTA Bridges and Tunnels
MCSS supported the design efforts of Ross & Baruzzini with estimating and cost control services on the project for the Design and Design Support for an Integrated Electronic Security System (IESS) at the Throgs Neck Bridge. MCSS project control personnel developed and refined the project construction cost estimates at the 30%, 60%, and 90% design levels as well as the bid estimate. They evaluated contractor bids by analyzing them in comparison to the bid estimate. The development of estimates for various construction options assisted Bridges and Tunnels managers to select cost effective solutions and maintain the project budget
NYCT – IQ Engineering Support Services for Signals and Train Control Program
MCSS provided support to New York City Transit as part of CH2M Hill’s task order contract for Indefinite Quantity Engineering Support Services for the Signals and Train Control Program. In this role MCSS supported NYCT’s efforts on various signal projects including the CBTC Flushing project where our personnel assisted the AWS design and the AWS-CBTC interface design efforts by reviewing design drawings and preparing contract specifications. MCSS personnel also provided CADD support.