MORRISVILLE, PA – The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission today awarded an architectural services contract for the redesign, repurposing and replacement of its current administrative, operations and maintenance facilities in Morrisville, PA.
The contract was awarded to Gannett Fleming Architects Inc. of Piscataway, NJ for a not-to-exceed amount of $3,012,681.
Under the contract Gannett Fleming is to provide preliminary, final and post design services for the construction of a Southern Operations & Maintenance Facility that will service the Commission’s four southernmost bridges. The new facility is expected to be built within the current footprint of the Commission’s complex of office and maintenance buildings on the Pennsylvania side of the Trenton-Morrisville (Route 1) Toll Bridge. Many of those buildings are more than 65 years old, have outlived their usefulness, and need to be replaced.
The new, improved facility will better enable the Commission to operate and maintain its three Trenton-Morrisville bridges (Route 1 toll, Lower Trenton Toll-Supported, Calhoun Street Toll-Supported) as well as the now-under-construction Scudder Falls (I-295) Toll Bridge.
The Commission can pursue its planned improvement project at Morrisville because it is moving to construct a new administration building adjacent to its Scudder Falls Replacement Bridge in nearby Lower Makefield, N.J. That new office building at Scudder Falls is expected to become operational sometime in 2019 and will house virtually all of the administrative staff currently working at the Morrisville location.
The new Morrisville facility is expected to house operations and maintenance staff to handle a variety of Commission functions including: bridge monitoring, maintenance, toll collections, safety, and electronic surveillance and security.
An additional aspect of the Gannett Fleming contract requires the firm to reconfigure several interior spaces of the Commission’s office building adjacent to the New Hope-Lambertville (Route 202) Toll Bridge in Solebury, Pa. Current maintenance facilities at that location will be retained and are not part of the redesign outlined under this contract.