In what has become almost routine fashion, the West's leading builder of parking structures completed its latest project five weeks ahead of schedule, allowing a rapidly growing city to provide more parking to people using mass transportation.

"Bomel Construction's performance and delivery throughout the entire project was exceptional," said Kirk Streets, senior project manager with the city of Irvine, owner of the 1,500-space parking structure at 15215 Barranca Parkway. "My staff, OCTA, Caltrans, everybody associated with the project have nothing but good things to say about Bomel and the overall project itself."

The primary purpose of the four-level structure, built adjacent to the busiest train station in Orange County, is to serve an average of 3,000 daily commuters using Amtrak and Metrolink rail service. The new structure more than triples the 435 parking spaces that were available in a surface lot on the same site. It is the first parking structure built by Irvine, population 202,000.

The $22.2-million parking structure in Irvine includes 6,000 square feet of space allocated for future retail space on the first floor. The 490,000-square-foot, cast-in-place concrete structure was built in 270 working days, said Gordon Crane, Bomel's project executive.

In addition to general contractor Bomel, the project team included architect International Parking Design and construction manager Griffin Structures.

Irvine's Streets said in the near future the parking structure will incorporate photovoltaic panels on the roof level as a means of capturing enough solar energy to provide electricity for the entire facility.

In October, the Southern California chapter of the American Public Works Association named the new parking structure as a "project of the year" award winner.

About Bomel Construction Co Inc.: The Anaheim Hills, Calif.-based firm is a 38-year-old design-build contractor that has completed parking structures and performed structural concrete work for municipalities, casinos, stadiums and large-scale commercial, retail and institutional projects throughout the western United States. Bomel's 2007 total California revenue of $178 million ranks the firm 10th on California Construction magazine's list of the state's largest specialty contractors. Its corporate-wide revenue of $370 million in 2007 makes Bomel the largest concrete contractor in the West and one of the largest in the United States.

For more information, please contact Paul Napolitano of Napolitano Communications at (626) 240-4659 or [email protected].

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