CMAR Requested for Roadway Project for TSMC Site

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By Tasha Anderson for AZBEX

The City of Phoenix is looking for a Construction Manager at Risk to help construct three miles of arterial streets in the Northwest Valley, which will serve the planned Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) project and surrounding region.

A Request for Qualifications was recently issued for the $60M Northwest Valley Transportation project, which will be located in the area bounded by 51st Avenue, Interstate 17, Loop 303 and State Route 74. This area is within the North Gateway Village Planning Area, in which the North Phoenix 3,500 PUD rezoned approximately 3,722 acres of vacant land back in October 2020. TSMC purchased a 1,128-acre parcel on that land for $89M in December 2020.

According to the RFQ document, “As part of the Letter of Intent with the successful bidder, TSMC, the City is obligated to construct approximately three miles of full arterial streets, without limitation, including asphalt, curb, gutter, sidewalk, drainage facilities, streetlights, and landscaping that will serve the project and surrounding region.”

The RFQ goes on to state that the improvements will be determined in conjunction with the Traffic Impact Study that was submitted; however, they are expected to contain the Dove Valley Road: 51st avenue Alignment to I-17 and 43rd Avenue: Loop 303 to Dove Valley roadways. Traffic signals are anticipated to be located at the TSMC driveway entrance along 43rd Avenue and the intersection of Dove Valley Road and 43rd Avenue.

The selected Construction Manager at Risk will begin with pre-construction services and will assume the risk of delivering the project through a Guaranteed Maximum Price contract. The firm must solicit subcontractor bids and self-perform at least 45 percent of the construction work.

A virtual pre-submittal meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. on February 23rd, and all interested firms must submit their Statements of Qualification to the City of Phoenix no later than 12:00 p.m. on March 5th. A selection is anticipated to be made by mid-March 2021, with a scope meeting scheduled for mid-to-late March 2021.

While no estimated construction start date has been noted on the RFQ, it does mention that the streets are expected to be operational prior to April 2022.

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