The contract to build the station was awarded to Weaver Electric, Inc., and the contract to supply the major station equipment went General Physics in late 2009. Cal State LA formed a team consisting of faculty and staff from the campus, and the Planning and Construction office.
Following one year of design, the construction of the station started in late 2010 as a design-build process. The design-build process uses one entity to provide both design and construction services, under one contract.
This method avoids the owner working “between” the architect/engineer and the builder, and holds the design builder responsible for design errors and omissions. But this method does involve risks, because the design builder may make design decisions outside their area of expertise. To guarantee that the station met applicable standards and requirements, the construction process was monitored by electrical and structural inspectors.
One concern during construction was that the majority of hydrogen-related technology companies were concentrated east of the Mississippi River or in Canada, so the station team was not sure if the station would receive service or support during full station operation.
The construction had some delays, and a construction dispute arose. Eventually, the University took over control of the construction and made engineering changes so the station would function properly.
The station officially started operations in May, 2014.