On September 12, 2015, the City of Monrovia held a dedication ceremony for the Foothill Gold Line’s new Monrovia Station. Monrovia Mayor Tom Adams was the Master of Ceremonies, and speakers included U.S. Representatives Grace Napolitano and Judy Chu. The event also gave attendees a sneak peek at the construction and beautification work Civiltec has been part of for the Station Square plaza.
There were multiple projects involved with the revamping of the Monrovia train station. Civiltec worked in tandem with the City of Monrovia and contractors on two specific projects: a public park adjacent to the train tracks and parking garage, and numerous street improvements in the surrounding area.
The street improvements, which started in late 2014, not only make the area more beautiful and environment-friendly, but also safer for pedestrians and motorists. Drivers and pedestrians will benefit from road repavement and resloping, sidewalk and ramp replacement, the undergrounding of overhead telecommunications & electric lines, new traffic medians, and a new traffic signal. Civiltec also added planters with stormwater retention features and drought-tolerant landscaping to account for the ongoing water shortage in California.
The Monrovia Station Square park is still under construction, but scheduled to be completed in October 2015. Civiltec designers paid special attention to making this park as “green” as possible with smart irrigation, stormwater retention, and drought-tolerant landscaping.
“This was a very good project for Civiltec and definitely a team effort,” said Civiltec Project Manager Greg Ripperger, P.E., LEED AP. “Octavio and Dan delivered some great design work, Sara and I stayed on top of meetings and back-and-forth communications, and Gretel worked closely with the city’s grant managers on funding. There were a lot of different funding sources for these projects, so it was great that Gretel took charge and was able to keep everyone involved happy.”
“The biggest positive for Civiltec is that it’s allowed us to grow a stronger relationship with the City of Monrovia and show what we’re capable of doing,” Greg added. “They have really been happy with our efforts, and have brought us on to do additional work on their city street and water distribution improvements.”
Check out our Facebook Photo Album of some of the behind-the-scenes construction work that went into these projects!