Lincheng ST. LOUIS, MO – The Loop Trolley Transportation Development District (TDD) has selected Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) to provide construction management services on the $43 million Loop Trolley in St. Louis and University City, Missouri. KWAME expects to begin issuing construction bid packages in late April and May.The Loop Trolley TDD recently received Federal Transit Administration approval for a $25 million Urban Circulator Grant to build the system. The Loop Trolley is one of only five out of 65 proposed projects nationwide selected to receive the grant.

The 2.2-mile fixed-route electric trolley system will connect The Loop restaurant/shopping/arts & entertainment district to Forest Park with a stop at the Missouri History Museum. The Loop district derived its nickname from the streetcar system that serviced the area until 1966.

The trolley project includes installation of the tracks and overhead electric lines, construction of 10 station stops, and a roundabout with landscape elements at the western terminus. The Loop Trolley TTD is working with Great Rivers Greenway to extend the existing St. Vincent Greenway with new landscaping and a multi-use path along DeBaliviere Avenue south to Forest Park. The trolley will run on a grass track along the greenway.

The Loop Trolley system will operate three cars – a restored historic trolley car and two vintage replica cars that the Loop Trolley TDD is purchasing from Tri-Met, the public transit system in Portland, Oregon.

Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME is an employee-owned pure program and construction management firm providing estimating, scheduling, project planning, value engineering and other project management services as an independent advocate for owners and developers. KWAME was named a 2013 “Construction Management-for-Fee Firm” by Engineering News Record, the construction industry’s leading news and analysis publication; and was selected as one of RCGA’s “Top 50 Companies in the St. Louis Region.”

KWAME’s public and private sector projects include educational facilities, major airports nationwide, light-rail systems, hospitals, wastewater treatment facilities and government facilities. KWAME is headquartered in St. Louis with division offices in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Seattle. For more information, visit www.kwamebuildinggroup.com or call 314.862.5344.

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