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Alta Vista’s Response to the Senate Transportation Committee Preliminary Report

PRESS RELEASE: Alta Vista Awarded Caltrans D7 Contract

For Immediate Release

PRESS RELEASE
Alta Vista Awarded Caltrans D7 Materials Sampling,
Testing and Inspection Support Services Contract

LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Feb. 28, 2014—The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has awarded Alta Vista Solutions (Alta Vista), a three-year, $6 Million contract to provide Materials Sampling, Testing and Inspection Support services throughout Caltrans District 7. After reviewing qualifications and conducting interviews, Caltrans selected Alta Vista from among three experienced firms.

Alta Vista will support District 7 by providing materials testing and plant inspection services for transportation construction projects throughout the district to ensure the goal of quality projects. Alta Vista’s President, Patrick Lowry, stated, “We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Caltrans and do more work in the dynamic Los Angeles region. Our amazing team of professional engineers and inspectors are ready to ensure quality and help realize some of the exciting projects coming online in Southern California.”

About Alta Vista

Alta Vista is a Bay Area-based engineering firm that was recently recognized as the 19th fastest growing businesses in the region by the San Francisco Business Times. Alta Vista Solutions has quickly differentiated itself by performing customized quality management strategies for some of the largest infrastructure projects in the world. Alta Vista’s services include: Bridge Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Materials Engineering, Materials Testing, Construction Management, Program Management and Surveying.

Please see our website for more information at www.altavistasolutions.com. Over the past decade, Alta Vista has worked with public and private organizations to complete large-scale engineering projects that better serve their regions. Alta Vista’s client-focused philosophy—supported by uniquely qualified expertise and experience—delivers appropriate solutions to projects around the world. Alta Vista is beginning work to improve the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York, as well as assisting in the development of the quality management system for the California High-Speed Rail Project.

For more information, visit altavistasolutions.com

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PRESS RELEASE: Alta Vista Awarded FHWA-CFLHD Contract

For Immediate Release

PRESS RELEASE

TEN MILLION DOLLAR FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION
INSPECTION CONTRACT AWARDED TO ALTA VISTA

LAKEWOOD, Colorado—June 13, 2014—The Department of Transportation-Federal Highway Administration’s Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD) has awarded Alta Vista Solutions (Alta Vista), up to a five-year, $10 Million IDIQ contract to provide Construction Inspection Augmentation Services within 14 western states. The CFLHD selected the Alta Vista team after reviewing qualifications from four experienced firms.

Alta Vista will support CFLHD by providing construction management support and construction inspection services for transportation construction projects throughout their 14 state footprint, from North Dakota to Texas and west across the Pacific into Hawaii, to ensure the goal of quality projects. Alta Vista’s President, Patrick Lowry, stated, “We are thrilled to be selected by CFLHD for this project. Our amazing team of professional engineers and inspectors are eager to work with our Federal partners and leverage our knowledge, expertise and experience to ensure quality on these much needed transportation projects.”

About Alta Vista

Alta Vista is a California-based engineering firm that was recently recognized as the 19th fastest growing businesses in the region by the San Francisco Business Times. Alta Vista has quickly differentiated itself through their client-focused philosophy and by providing a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions for some of the largest infrastructure projects in the world. Alta Vista’s services include: Bridge Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Construction Materials Engineering, Materials Testing, Quality/Program Management, Surveying and Structural Health Monitoring.

Please see our website for more information at www.altavistasolutions.com.

Over the past decade, Alta Vista has worked with public and private organizations to complete large-scale engineering projects that better serve their regions. Alta Vista is committed to meet the needs of the client with resources throughout the USA and around the globe.

For more information, visit altavistasolutions.com

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PRESS RELEASE: Bay Bridge is Safe, New Report Concludes

Bay Bridge is Safe, New Report Concludes
New Bay Bridge Report Contradicts Testimony at California Senate Hearing
Executive of Previous Engineering Firm Accused of Misleading Senate

Sacramento—A new report by the engineering firm that completed independent inspections on the Bay Bridge demonstrates a top executive from a prior engineering firm on the Bay Bridge provided misleading and inaccurate information about the Bay Bridge construction safety concerns in a California Senate Committee report and testimony.

Alta Vista Solutions, which competed for and eventually won the contract to perform independent quality assurance inspection for Caltrans on the new East Span of the Bay Bridge project, released a 14 page analysis that calls into question the accuracy of “The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge: Basic Reforms for the Future Preliminary Report,” authored by former KTVU Fox News television producer Roland De Wolk.

The Alta Vista report “agree(s) with the Preliminary Report’s primary conclusion that “transparency in the affairs of the public is paramount and leads to accountability,” but “corrects inaccuracies and misstatements” in the report to the Senate Committee on Transportation, which was largely based on interviews and testimony by two individuals that had been removed from the project and not worked on the new bridge construction for over five years. The first individual was Doug Coe, a former Caltrans engineering manager that had been removed from the project for being unable to work effectively with the project team. The second was James Merrill, a current executive at AMEC (previously MACTEC), the previous Bay Bridge engineering firm that lost the contract to Alta Vista Solutions.

Alta Vista Solutions sent its report to Senator DeSaulnier and the Senate Committee on Monday, February 3. The company’s report challenges the transparency and accountability of De Wolk’s report and said that “transparency was not a value that Mr. (James) Merrill promoted while he was actually on the job (with MACTEC).” In response to testimony by Mr. Merrill that he urged additional testing of the anchor rods that eventually failed, Alta Vista provides detailed engineering reports where Mr. Merrill’s company AMEC (MACTEC) recommended the anchor rods be accepted “as-is” without any additional testing. The report also notes that Caltrans has put forth an unprecedented testing program to determine whether the remaining anchor rods will perform as intended.

The new report describes the components of Caltrop/Alta Vista’s strategy to win the independent inspection contract in 2008 in an open and fair selection process that included independent panel members from three transportation agencies: the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA), and Caltrans. Additionally, despite information to the contrary in the Preliminary Report and testimony before the Senate, the documentation provided demonstrates that the quality assurance inspection team (Caltrop/Alta Vista) selected in 2008 to replace MACTEC (AMEC) was found “to have the skill and the certification” necessary to assure quality of the new Bay Bridge.

The Alta Vista report concludes that “The Bay Bridge was built to the highest standards of safety and quality used to date, anywhere in the world. The notion that safety and quality were sacrificed in the interests of scheduling is simply incorrect; if anything, the exact opposite is true.”

A copy of Alta Vista’s full response to the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee can be found at http://altavistasolutions.com/news/.

Contact: Sam Singer
For Alta Vista Solutions
Phone: 415.336.4949
Email: [email protected]

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Response regarding Senate’s Preliminary (DeWolk) Report

Patrick Lowry, President of Alta Vista Solutions, responds to the Senate’s Preliminary (DeWolk) Report at the Senate Hearing on January 24, 2014.