Brightline, the only privately funded express intercity passenger rail system in the country, has earned the “Eagle Award” for the Fort Lauderdale Station by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Florida East Coast Chapter. The innovative transportation company received the prestigious honor and its contractor and subcontractors received four additional awards at the 2017 ABC Awards dinner Friday, October 13 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center.
“The Brightline Fort Lauderdale Station is a new landmark destination for the City of Fort Lauderdale,” said Mike Reininger, Executive Director of Florida East Coast Industries, Brightline’s parent company. “It is an honor to be recognized with this award from the construction community, and I thank the ABC Florida
Chapter for their enthusiastic support of Brightline. I must applaud all of our partners and teammates who helped us make this project a reality.”
“The Brightline Fort Lauderdale Station will be a transportation hub, transforming downtown Fort Lauderdale and changing what many thought was possible in South Florida,” said Peter M. Dyga, President & CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter. “I salute the Brightline Fort Lauderdale Station construction team as they have put our industry in the transportation spotlight.”
The station, located along NW 2nd Avenue between Broward Boulevard and NW 4th Street, spans 60,000 square feet in the “Flagler Village” area and is already revitalizing the northern area of downtown. Plans for new developments in close proximity to the station, including housing, commercial and hotel, have been announced.
Brightline, its contractor and subcontractors received five awards at the event, including:
• Eagle Award Winner to Moss & Associates, LLC for the Brightline Fort Lauderdale Station
• Free Enterprise Award to Moss & Associates for the Brightline Fort Lauderdale Station
• Eagle Award to Woodland Tilt-Up for the Brightline Fort Lauderdale Station
• Category: Low Voltage Systems, Contractor: Hypower Inc., Project: Brightline (All Aboard Florida) – Design Build and Installation of Fiber Optic Communication Systems
• Category: Electrical, Contractor: Hypower Inc., Project: Brightline (All Aboard Florida) Running Repair Facility – Complete Electrical Systems and Related Work
Brightline will offer a variety of other modes of transportation to get riders to the stations and to their final destinations. In Fort Lauderdale, riders will have access to ride-sharing/taxi options, rental cars and shuttle services, as well as be able to connect to the Sun Trolley, Broward County Transit system and future Wave Streetcar. In addition, the station is within walking distance to City Hall, the Historic District, Museum of Science, Riverwalk area and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
Moss Construction served as the general contracting firm for the Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach stations. The station was planned and designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) in association with Miami-based architects Zyscovich. Brightline is anticipating a launch of service in 2017.