Preliminary work has crews already bustling on a new multibillion-dollar Intel Corp. fabrication plant in Hillsboro, Ore. While Intel has disclosed little about construction costs and project milestones, there can be no hiding a 1.3-million-sq-ft footprint for a facility set to manufacture next-generation 22-nanometer chips. Photo: Courtesy Intel Bill MacKenzie, Intel spokesman, confirms that Hoffman Construction, Portland, Ore., will manage the three-building complex—to include a semiconductor fabrication plant, emergency generator structure and process utility building—in Intel’s existing industrial park. While the buildings will have independent utilities, there also will be “interconnecting trestles, tunnels and product-handling links,” says MacKenzie. A Hoffman
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.