The first 19 miles of the METRO Light Rail system in the greater Phoenix Metropolitan area consisted of 5 main geographically defined construction segment contracts, coordinated with nearly a dozen other concurrent corridor-wide contracts that each handled the construction or installation of specialty items and features such as maintenance facilities, special track work, power systems, communication systems, station finishes, parking facilities, the Town Lake Bridge, and overall systems integration. All of these projects were substantially complete by 2009 and the initial light rail system was placed into service at that time.
The next major METRO project to reach construction was the Central Mesa Light Rail Extension which began in mid-2012. This 3-mile long project utilizes the design-build project delivery method and has a construction value on the order of $100 million. Quality Testing, LLC (QT) was a key member of the design-build team that was selected, in part due to qualifications, by the Valley Metro organization. QT initially worked with the prime contractor’s Quality Manager to develop and define an implementable Quality Control (QC) inspection and testing program, provided most of the QC inspection services necessary during early utility relocation work, and is currently providing the majority of the QC materials testing services. Due to our consistent efforts to assure that materials representation is being achieved through sampling and testing, and with our commitment to superior materials testing documentation, QT’s services have earned us an excellent reputation with our client’s quality management personnel and with the METRO oversight personnel.