The City and County of Denver in Colorado, US, has selected PCL Construction Services to design and build the 16th Street Mall Improvement Project.
PCL Construction has been selected for the project following an evaluation of proposals that were submitted last September by shortlisted firms.
The City and company will now enter into negotiations and expect to bring a contract for design / build services to Denver City Council for approval in the next two months.
After approval, reconstruction of the mall is scheduled to begin this year, with completion expected by the end of 2024.
Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure executive director Eulois Cleckley said: “We’re thrilled to have reached this latest milestone on this landmark project that improves safety and mobility along the mall and attracts commuters and visitors with interesting new spaces and places for people to enjoy.
“The contract we present to Council in the coming weeks will reflect a decade of planning and recent input from groups representing business owners, workers, community members and people with disabilities.”
As part of the project, new granite pavers will be installed in a pattern that is similar to the exiting one in the mall. It will also have an improved drainage system and more surface friction to improve pedestrian safety.
Other features include ten feet of dedicated, unobstructed sidewalk space on both sides of the mall shuttle and adjacent to businesses.
More than $100m of local, state and federal funds have been identified for the 16th Street Mall improvement project, which is expected to play a key role in Denver’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The project is expected to create or support 1,479 jobs and generate $107m in labour income.
The Denver Urban Renewal Authority, Colorado Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Authority are partners in the project.