Pulse:  01/14/2009

CONNECTICUT Tecton Architects Inc. was selected by owner-developer AI Engineers to designed their new $40-million technology center, which will replace the former WFSB Broadcast Center located at Three Constitution Plaza in Hartford. The 12-story glass, metal and concrete tower will consist of 10 floors of office space and two floors of retail space, including a 250-seat auditorium and underground parking. The progressive AI Tech Center is designed to achieve a LEED Platinum rating, which includes a high-performance building with energy-conservation features such as rooftop solar panels, a rooftop garden, and a system for collecting and recycling rainwater. Completion is expected by 2010. Tecton Architects Inc., One Hartford Square W., Suite 103, Hartford 06106-1953; AI Engineers, 919 Middle St., Middletown 06457-1526. DR #08-821267.

FLORIDA The Broward County Commissioners and the Housing Finance Authority have approved $98 million in tax-exempt bonds for construction of nearly 1,000 low- to moderate-income housing units in Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, North Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. Gatehouse Group will receive $14 million in bond financing and will need to come up with the remaining $15 million for the proposed development of the 120-unit Gardens at Driftwood in Hollywood. Chesapeake Community Advisors will receive $7.5 million to acquire and renovate 96 units at the Broward Gardens Apartments in Fort Lauderdale. Nearly $35 million in bond financing will go to Cornerstone Development and Management Services, which must fund an additional $22 million to build a new 360-unit complex known as Captiva Cove in Pompano Beach. Cornerstone also proposes to construct a 420-unit development, to be called Tuscany Village, located in North Lauderdale. They have requested $41.3 million in bond money and will need to come up with an additional $25 million for this $66.6-million project. Gatehouse Group, 120 Forbes Blvd., Mansfield, Mass. 02048; Cornerstone Development and Management Services, 2121 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables 33134; Chesapeake Community Advisors, 33 S. Gay St., Suite 200, Baltimore, Md. 21202. DR #08-846269.

MINNESOTA The Economic Development Board recommends approval of a tax increment financing application from Knute Nelson for the Knute Nelson Senior Living Campus to be located at Pioneer Rd., adjacent from the proposed high school site in Alexandria. Pope Associates Inc. was selected to design the proposed project, which consists of construction of a 205,000-sq-ft, 133-unit senior living campus, including independent senior apartments, assisted living senior apartments, wellness center and resident community spaces. The total cost of the project is estimated at $24.9 million. Further progress is pending action after the city council’s public hearing held in December 2008. Construction start is possible in spring 2009. Knute Nelson, 420 12th Ave. E., Alexandria 56308; Pope Associates Inc., 1255 Energy Park Dr., St. Paul 55108. DR #08-842339.

NEW YORK Trammel Crow Residential is seeking all necessary approvals and permits for a proposed project to raze an old hotel and construct a new four-story, 150-unit apartment building, known as Alexan@West Hempstead, with two levels of underground parking, landscaped courtyard, clubhouse and pool located in the Village of West Hempstead. Plans call for razing the old Courtesy Hotel on Hempstead Ave. after the town adopts zoning that would pave the way for construction of apartments geared to young commuters next to the Long Island Rail Road train station. Once all necessary approvals and permits are received, the hotel will be razed sometime in 2009, and construction of the apartment building could take approximately 18 months to complete. Trammell Crow Residential, 626 Reckson Plaza, Uniondale 11156.

OREGON CSHQA has been awarded a contract to design a regional training academy, offices, and general aviation terminal at the Grand County Regional Airport in John Day. The $5.1-million project is a joint venture of Grant County and USFS-Malheur National Forest, which includes an 18,762-sq-ft multi-use terminal building that is targeted for LEED Silver certification, and will include a helicopter rappelling training station, a new helicopter-landing pad and classroom facilities. CSHQA, CW Moore Plaza, 250 S. Fifth St., Boise, Idaho 83702.


CALIFORNIA Harper Construction Co. has been awarded a $114.5-million contract by the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command for the design and construction of five bachelor enlisted quarters at Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton. Completion is expected by November 2010. Harper Construction Co. Inc., 2241 Kettner Blvd., Suite 300, San Diego 92101. DR #07-937410.

CALIFORNIA Santa Paula Water LLC, a company formed by Pacific Environmental Resources Corp. and Alinda Capital Partners LLC, was awarded a contract by the City of Santa Paula to design, build, operate and finance a new state-of-the-art 3.4-million-gallon-per- day water recycling facility, which will be expandable to 4.2 mgd and replace its existing wastewater treatment plant. With cost estimated at $70 million, this is the first design-build-operation-finance facility being built under California’s new regulations encouraging private investment to solve public infrastructure needs. The facility is to be operational by December 2010. Pacific Environmental Resources Corp., 959 S. Coast Dr., Costa Mesa 92626; Alinda Capital Partners LLC, 150 E. 58th St., New York City 10155. DR #06-801596.

ILLINOIS Groundbreaking ceremonies were recently held for a new 90,000-sq-ft computing facility for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the National Center for Super Computing Applications. Clayco is providing construction-management services and will construct the facility to achieve LEED certification. Located at Oak St. and St. Mary’s Rd. in Champaign, the project will house a new supercomputer, known as Blue Waters, which will be the world’s fastest computer. Clayco Inc., 2199 Innerbelt Business Center Dr., St. Louis, Mo. 63114. DR #07-843189.

OKLAHOMA Flintco Constructive Solutions has been selected as program manager and general contractor and WorthGroup Architects was selected to design the new Choctaw Casino Resort, a new casino and hotel on the Choctaw Nation’s property in Durant. The casino will provide 3,143 slots, various table games and a variety of dining options. The new 330-room hotel includes 12 executive suites, one specialty suite, a swimming pool, fitness center and spa. Completion of the first phase is expected in spring 2010. Flintco Constructive Solutions, 1624 W. 21st St., Tulsa 74107; WorthGroup Architects, 900 S. Broadway, Denver, Colo. 80209.

Bid/Proposal Dates

CALIFORNIA 1/27 City of Los Angeles, Airports Planning Dept., Engineering and Project Management Division, 7301 World Way W., Fifth Floor, Los Angeles 90045, Crossfield Taxiway Project at LAX. With cost estimated between $130 million and $150 million, the project involves demolition of several existing buildings, including hazardous material remediation, remediation of contaminated soil, and demolition of existing asphalt and concrete pavement, and new portland cement concrete, PCC taxiway and apron pavement, airfield lighting and signage, new taxiway, road bridges, and site work. For more information, call (310) 646-5700. DR #08-869250.

TEXAS 1/27 (requests statement of qualifications from construction manager at risk)—Texas Facilities Commission, 1711 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin 78701, Texas Dept. of Public Safety regional office complex in Weslaco. The estimated $21.5-million project consists of approximately 110,000 sq ft of buildings servicing both public and private users, including, parking and support structures. Page Southerland & Page, architect, 400 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin 78701. DR #07-812872.

OHIO 1/28 (separate or combined bids)—St. Mary’s City Schools, 101 W. South St., St. Mary’s 45885, St. Mary’s school building located at U.S. 33 and S.R. 66 in St. Mary’s. The estimated $31.5-million project includes a two-story, 210,000-sq-ft school to house 988 students in grades 6 through 12, including a competition-sized gymnasium and a 600-seat auditorium. Fanning-Howey Associates Inc., architect, 540 E. Market St., Celina 45885; Gilbane Building Co., 440 Polaris Parkway, Westerville 43082, is construction manager. DR #03-816507.

CALIFORNIA 1/29 (prequalified contractors only)—San Diego Community College District, Facilities Management, 3375 Camino Del Rio S., Suite 310, San Diego 92108, Miramar College classroom buildings A and B. The estimated $30.5-million project includes two buildings at 45,000 sq ft each. NTD Architecture, 9655 Granite Ridge Dr., San Diego 92123; Sundt Construction, 1600 Hotel Cir. N., San Diego 92108, is construction manager. DR #06-860954.