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OHLA Awarded Major Design-Build Contract to Improve Accessibility in the New York City Subway System

January 16, 2024

36TH Street Station. Exterior view.. Credit Dattner Architects.

OHLA, via its subsidiary company, Judlau Contracting, Inc., has been awarded a contract by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) valued at $577.2 million in New York.  The project, Package 5 — Design-Build services for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades at 13 New York City Transit stations — is the fifth in a series of projects that when completed will contribute to MTA’s goal of improving accessibility throughout the subway system to meet ADA compliance standards.

Judlau will construct a total of 18 new ADA-compliant elevators and four ramps as well as perform other upgrades and state of good repair work at 13 stations. Work will occur at four stations in both Manhattan and Queens, three in Brooklyn, one in the Bronx, and one in Staten Island. In addition to the extensive civil work to construct the elevators and ramps, Judlau will also install new electrical and communications equipment, architectural finishes, platform edges, ADA boarding zones, and artwork. 

Judlau is serving as the design-build contractor on Package 1, which also comprises the installation of 18 new elevators and other ADA upgrades that will provide full accessibility to eight stations located throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

The Package 1 and 5 contracts are in addition to others that the company is currently performing to improve and modernize the New York City subway, such as the one for design-build services in Brooklyn, NY, for accessibility upgrades at the historic Borough Hall Station, improvements to renew five stations on the Flushing Line in Queens, NY, and the painting and structural repairs to bridges and elevated structures on the Dyre Avenue and White Plains Road subway lines in the Bronx, NY.

OHLA has executed other outstanding projects in the Big Apple’s subway system, such as the renovation of the 63rd Street station and construction of the 72nd Street station, which are part of the Second Avenue subway line, Canarsie Tunnel Rehabilitation and Core Capacity Improvements, and Grand Central Madison (East Side Access) Manhattan Tunnels Excavation and Structures.

U.S., a strategic market for OHLA

OHLA opened for business in the U.S. market in 2006 and operates in New York, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Florida. The company is involved in major contracts such as the Purple Line Light Rail in Maryland, the I-5 North Capacity Enhancements project in California, and several contracts on the Tri-State Tollway in Illinois, as well as the South Corridor Bus Rapid Transit project in Florida.

The company is ranked 13th in the top 20 contractors by sector (Transportation) and 17th in the top 50 Domestic Heavy Contractors, according to Engineering News-Record.