LTK Engineering Services (www.ltk.com), which recently won the contract with Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit District (www.sonomamarintrain.org) to design specifications for commuter cars on the forthcoming line from Cloverdale to Larkspur, leased office space in the same Santa Rosa building as the district's planned project office.
Pennsylvania-based LTK, founded in 1921, has 19 other offices nationwide, including its Bay Area office in San Francisco.
SMART plans to open its project office at 490 Mendocino Ave. in Santa Rosa in February, and LTK is expected to relocate its office to Santa Rosa around that time. [See "SMART to open project office in Santa Rosa," Nov. 30.]
To meet planned commuter service startup in fall 2014, LTK plans to release draft specifications on the SMART rail cars for public comment in January. Proposals from railcar manufacturers would be received through March and bids entered by October. The builder would be selected by January 2011. The first cars are set to arrive for testing in fall 2013.
In July, the district board voted to pursue Federal Railroad Administration-approved designs for cars, which includes a requirement for time separation between cars operating on the same track, to avoid startup delays while seeking a design waiver.
Dominic DiBrito, lead Bay Area project manager for LTK, is one of two company employees on a FRA advisory task force formed in recent months to streamline the waiver process and investigate "crash energy management" systems that may lessen the need for time delays between trains.
Russ Mayer of Keegan & Coppin represented the building owner in LTK's lease.
Santa Rosa-based engineering and environmental consulting firm Winzler & Kelly acquired Norris-Repke, a municipal and civil engineering and construction management firm with offices in Santa Ana and Moreno Valley.
Norris-Repke has 24 employees, including 16 professionals.
Winzler & Kelly (www.w-and-k.com) is the largest construction-related engineering firm locally and the 264th largest such firm in the U.S. this year, according to research by the Business Journal and trade publication Engineering News-Record, respectively.
The firm now has 329 employees in 12 offices, including 63 Southern California employees in the two new offices and existing ones in Anaheim and San Diego, according to Vice President Marc Solomon.
"Together, we are uniquely positioned to provide all of Southern California with the most comprehensive planning, engineering and land surveying services available," Mr. Solomon said.
Whole Foods Market plans to solicit bids in January for interior improvements of its store in Coddingtown mall in Santa Rosa, according to Glen Moon, vice president of store development for the Austin-based grocery chain.
Construction is set to start in April and be complete by late October. It is company policy not to open stores in November or December.
Associated General Contractors of America asserts that the data collected starting earlier this year under the mandatory reporting of nitrogen oxide (NOX) and soot (PM) emissions from off-road diesel equipment shows that the California Air Resources Board's original 2000 estimate overstated emissions projections for 2009 by nearly 40 percent.