WETA North Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility Seismic Retrofit

Vallejo | California


Though the design-build project delivery method is not typically considered ideal for renovation and seismic retrofit projects, the Water Emergency Transportation Agency (WETA) North Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility project demonstrates the benefits that can be realized. This $11.5 million project is located in Vallejo, California, on the Mare Island waterfront. The completed project includes office, storage, and maintenance shop facilities designed to serve as the North Bay operations headquarters for WETA and strengthen their ability to assist in emergency disaster response in the Bay Area.

The design-build team was tasked with numerous challenges, many of which centered on the historic two-story URM building which was constructed in the early 1900’s. Limited access to the building during the RFP, schedule and budget constraints, and the 2014 South Napa Earthquake required the team members to creatively collaborate to successfully complete the project in May of 2015, only 18 months after being awarded the job.

This project demonstrates the benefits of design-build project delivery. It illustrates how the collaborative team approach to projects allows for increased ability to respond to evolving project needs, evaluate alternatives from all perspectives, and make decisions from a holistic project perspective.  By leveraging the expertise of the entire design-build team during design and throughout construction, the team was able to solve problems more effectively and efficiently and deliver a high-value project on schedule and within budget.