Amtrak Rail Yard Design-Build

Design-Build Project at Amtrak’s Union Station – Chicago, IL

Project Description

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was signed into law in an unprecedented effort to jumpstart the American economy and create or save millions of jobs as well as address long-neglected challenges so that the US can thrive in the 21st century.  Pursuant to ARRA, Amtrak properties are currently being constructed, renovated, repaired, and/or upgraded in a grand undertaking to modernize the nation’s rail system.  With the fast pace of construction and extent of improvements, significant challenges were presented to conduct the work in a manner to protect worker safety as well as that of the Amtrak workers at the facility throughout the construction program.


GSG provided occupational health and safety training and field safety inspections for the renovations taking place at the Union Station rail yard.  The scope of training included providing OSHA 10-Hour training sessions, first-aid and CPR certification, site-specific orientation, and confined space training. The OSHA 10 topics included Introduction to OSHA, Electrical and Fall Protection, Personal Protective Equipment as well as elective topics adapted to the contractor’s needs including Materials Handling, Storage, Use, & Disposal, Hand & Power Tools, Scaffolds, Cranes, Excavations, and Stairways & Ladders.  GSG provided safety personnel to support implementation of the Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) requirements specified under the contract.  For this purpose, GSG providing 12 full-time safety professionals to support a 24-hour, 7-day work week construction schedule. All of our safety professionals assigned to this project were licensed/accredited in the safety profession and/or had more than 2 years’ rail safety experience.

GSG Advantage

Through GSG’s training as well as diligent field safety inspections and reporting, the completion of renovations at Union Station took place in a safe work environment in which worker safety was a priority.  GSG is committed to ensuring jobsite safety, with the goal of having all workers leave the jobsite in the same condition in which they entered it.

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