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Rickenbacker Area Mobility Center (RAMC)

Location Columbus, OH

Client Central Ohio Transit Authority

Services Construction Management, Project Management

Project Value $24 Million

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is undertaking a project to construct a new transit hub, the Rickenbacker Area Mobility Center (RAMC), in the vicinity of Rickenbacker International Airport on a plot purchased for $1.1 million from the Columbus Regional Airport Authority. The project is envisioned as a partnership between the State of Ohio, COTA, the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, and various county and local municipality stakeholders.

The RAMC will help improve mobility and public transit access in the central Ohio region and offer a variety of public services and amenities. Specifically, the RAMC will connect COTA’s fixed-route bus service with various workforce shuttle options, including the Groveport Rickenbacker Employee Access Transit (GREAT), and public transit from Fairfield and Pickaway counties. The facility will further enhance mobility with park-and-ride lots, bike racks, and public scooters. Other amenities will include a childcare center—a first for a COTA transit hub—as well as large meeting rooms for workforce training or community gatherings, a 7,500 SF suite for the Mid-Ohio Food Collective to support food security in the region, and additional spaces for future tenants such as banks and medical service providers. The project is expected to conclude in early 2025.

As part of the TranSystems team, Hill will serve as project manager and owner’s agent for the project. In this role, the Hill team will monitor project performance and provide timely advice to the project team to promote compliance with contract documents, high-quality craftsmanship, and adherence to COTA’s schedule and budget goals. Hill will maintain a daily presence on-site to help coordinate and supervise work; facilitate collaboration between members of the project team; leverage a third-party estimating consultant to validate the project team’s estimates and provide value engineering support, budget tracking, and change management to achieve COTA’s budget goals; help COTA negotiate the guaranteed maximum price (GMP) with the construction manager at risk, including providing feedback on all GMP documents; review installed work for accuracy and approve pay applications; monitor and evaluate schedule progress, making recommendations as needed to address risks; coordinate with utility companies, authorities having jurisdiction, and other stakeholders; conduct weekly progress meetings; and facilitate owner turnover, staff training, and project closeout.

Renders: Central Ohio Transit Authority