Dulles International Airport Station Evokes Saarinen’s Vision

The Silver Line Phase 2A project will establish a long-desired Metro rail link between Washington, DC and Dulles International Airport, an airport often regarded as a post-World War II architectural gem. Just as the airport stands out for its one-of-kind look and feel, so will its new Metro station. As the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority … Continue reading Dulles International Airport Station Evokes Saarinen’s Vision


By The Numbers: Silver Line Phase 2A

In a city of monuments, utilitarian public works projects rarely stand out. Commuters and visitors who hop on Metrorail to get around the Washington, DC Metro Area and to see the famous government buildings, memorials and museums, might not notice or consider the incredible amount of resources that goes into building a public rail line. … Continue reading By The Numbers: Silver Line Phase 2A


Silver Line Phase 2A Public Improvements Go Beyond Metrorail

The Silver Line Phase 2A project will have a positive impact on the lives of Metro riders. But what many don’t realize is there are many additional improvements along the project’s nearly 12-mile stretch that will impact the safety and accessibility for the surrounding community. Improved Roadways Over the course of the Silver Line Phase … Continue reading Silver Line Phase 2A Public Improvements Go Beyond Metrorail


Dynamic Testing Ensures Safety as Silver Line Phase 2A Nears Completion

As Capital Rail Constructors (CRC) continues towards the finish line on the Silver Line Phase 2A project, dynamic testing has begun. Dynamic testing is how CRC ensures the Automatic Train Control (ATC) systems meet Federal Transit Administration’s standards for certification. This includes any tests involving trains on the track that physically validate the rail system’s … Continue reading Dynamic Testing Ensures Safety as Silver Line Phase 2A Nears Completion


Silver Line Safety: Leave just like you arrived

Safety on the Silver Line Phase 2A project began with the public works project’s early concept drawings, and it carries on today inspired by a simple motto: Nobody Gets Hurt. Implementing a successful safety culture on a project of this size isn’t simple. Putting that motto into action requires commitment and consistent team effort on … Continue reading Silver Line Safety: Leave just like you arrived


Phillip Ward on His Pride for the Work at the Silver Line Phase 2

For Owings, Md. native Phillip Ward, 25, fire has been the substance upon which he built his career and a common thread that connects many aspects of his life. As a teen, he volunteered as a firefighter. As an apprentice ironworker with American Ironworks/Continental Construction, he now melts metals as he helps build out the … Continue reading Phillip Ward on His Pride for the Work at the Silver Line Phase 2


Moore on Managing and Mentoring Along the Silver Line Phase 2

Few take the road less traveled. It requires a certain mindset – dedication, hard work, and the unwavering belief that it will lead to the right destination. Scott Moore, 58, has always taken the road less traveled. As general superintendent, the 19-year Clark Construction veteran and native Texan now manages the entire Silver Line Phase … Continue reading Moore on Managing and Mentoring Along the Silver Line Phase 2


Silvio Ribera on Perfecting Craft and Communication on the Silver Line Phase 2

Not everyone is able to wake up for work at 3:30 a.m. with a smile on their face.  But that is how Silvio Ribera, 46, starts his day – with a sense of purpose and pride in the life he has built for his family.  A journeyman electrician with Ennis Electric who has spent two years on … Continue reading Silvio Ribera on Perfecting Craft and Communication on the Silver Line Phase 2


Behdad Balazadeh on Welding Steel and his own American Dream

Perhaps no one has spent more time on the Silver Line than Springfield, Va., resident Behdad Balazadeh. And the journey for the 47-year-old project engineer with Hillis-Carnes Engineering Associates Inc. might also be the longest. It began more than 6,000 miles away in Tehran, Iran, where he was born into a family of healthcare professionals. … Continue reading Behdad Balazadeh on Welding Steel and his own American Dream


Michelle Cousté on Ensuring Quality as a Woman Field Leader in Construction

For CRC Assistant Superintendent Michelle Cousté, working in the construction industry is her passion. Building sets and running lighting cable while in the theater in school gave her a first taste of the industry and left her hungry for more. With a degree in civil and environmental engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a member … Continue reading Michelle Cousté on Ensuring Quality as a Woman Field Leader in Construction