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SANTA ROSA – The Ghilotti Construction Company has been awarded a $10.4 million public works contract by the City of Santa Clara Stadium Authority to conduct site research and to manage the relocation of underground utilities on the grounds set aside for the new 49er football stadium between Highways 101 and 237.

The city of Santa Clara dedicated a 14-acre parcel for the stadium located adjacent to the Great America theme park.  

 “This award covering site and surface improvements is one of the first sub-contracts to be granted for the new stadium project which has a projected cost of approximately $1 billion,” said Thomas Smith, estimating manager for Ghilotti Construction Company.

 “We were the low bid among nine other contractors for this initial assignment. We hope this advance work will lead to additional stadium contracts for us in the future.”

 The footprint of the new stadium will cover what is now mostly a large parking area that will become the home of the new 68,000-seat stadium with 168 luxury boxes scheduled for completion in time for the 2015 football season.

 The contract was awarded in mid-December and Ghilotti has had a team in the area conducting investigative site research activities for over a month. 

Ghilotti plans to have some 45 employees engaged at the site.

“We are working under a compressed time schedule to complete site preparations in cooperation with several public utility firms since pilings for the new stadium will be drilled in this May to support the foundation,” Mr. Smith said. “Our Livermore office is managing this project with support from a team based in Santa Rosa.”

Overall integrated design-build and construction delivery system is a joint venture between Turner Construction and Devcon Construction. The HNTB Corporation of Los Angeles developed the stadium’s architectural design.

In addition to the 49er stadium contract, Ghilotti has also recently been awarded major public sector contracts totaling $61.5 million.

Caltrans highway construction projects include work along Highway 12 in Napa, Highway 5 in Woodland and Highway 101 improvements in Petaluma Windsor and Cloverdale – in addition to Burbank Avenue improvements in Sonoma County and City of Santa Rosa improvements on Sixth Street.

Ghilotti Construction Company is located at 246 Ghilotti Ave., in Santa Rosa, California 95407-8152.