And the winning architect is AECOM, the LA-based designers of projects like the mostly-lauded LAPD headquarters, a Loyola Marymount library, and a handsome Glendale office complex. The Pasadena Star-News reports that AECOM's design will be built by contractor Skansa and that the team benefited by bidding low: they asked for $18.5 million, while the Foothill Gold Line Extension Construction Authority initially budgeted the 584-foot-long bridge for $24 million. If you've forgotten, the unusual design of the bridge, which will rise over the 210 freeway in Arcadia, includes four basket-shaped columns that light up and were inspired by the area's snakes and the Chumash Native Americans. Groundbreaking on the 11.4 mile light-rail line happens Saturday morning at Newcastle Park in Arcadia; 500 new jobs should be filled soon. And while the PSN reports the $800 million extension should open in 2014, the Source indicates it could be a year earlier.
· Southland Firms Get Gold Line Contract [PSN]
· Revealed: Crazy Gold Line Basket Bridge [Curbed LA]