A signature project for McGuire and Hester is the 12th Street Reconstruction Project that required a renovation of Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA. Construction began with the reconfiguration of the previous 12-lane expressway into a six-lane, tree-lined boulevard with signalized intersections and crosswalks as well as a landscaped median. The new roadway was constructed further away from the shoreline to allow for the creation of a new 4-acre park with a waterfront at the south end of Lake Merritt. The lake itself received a facelift with new pedestrian and bike paths and open-water bridges running over what were culverts at 12th Street and 10th Street (renovation at 10th Street is a separate project).
What makes it interesting?
Over its life span of 150 years, Lake Merritt had moved further and further away from its natural habitat. Many people assume that the lake is man-made, however Lake Merritt is actually a natural tidal slough connected to the bay by a channel that over history has been continuously filled in as construction projects enveloped the area due to Oakland’s growth and the need for new roadways and interstates. In some sections the channel was completely buried with water passing between the lake and estuary through an underground box culvert, which has remained that way for the past 100 years.
How HCSS Software assisted with this project
McGuire and Hester utilizes HeavyBid, HeavyJob, and The Dispatcher on all of our projects. We find it to be the most comprehensive solution to our project needs, especially a project that was as complex as the 12th Street reconstruction project.