Pulse  03/04/2009

TEXAS The Texas Transportation Commission voted to conditionally award a contract for the New LBJ-635 highway corridor project to LBJ Development Partners, which will work with the commission in a public-private partnership to develop the approximately $4-billion highway project. The project calls for a 13-mile highway corridor linking U.S. Highway 75 with Farmer’s Branch, a suburb of Dallas. Six depressed lanes will be added as managed lanes to the highway’s reconstructed eight lanes, which will be cantilevered over the new lanes. All together, counting service lanes, the new highway will have 18-20 lanes. Construction is expected to take five years to complete. Under the terms of the agreement, the state will retain ownership of the roadway, while LBJ Development Partners will receive the bulk of toll revenue collected during the term of the 55-year contract. Portions of the design and traffic plans are still in development, and the contract is expected to be finalized within the next two months. TxDOT, 125 East 11th St., Austin 78701.


ALABAMA Southern Cold Storage selected Stellar to provide design-build services for a new $11-million distribution facility in Gadsden. The 70,000-sq-ft cold-storage facility will be constructed adjacent to the Keystone Foods plant. It will have a structural-steel frame with tilt-up concrete wall panels, with insulated metal walls to maintain subzero temperatures. Stellar will also perform thermal and roofing installation. Stellar, 2900 Hartley Road, Jacksonville, Fla. 32257.

CALIFORNIA Barnhart Inc. has been awarded a $22-million firm fixed-price task order, under a previously awarded indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity multi-award contract, for the design and expansion of an existing berth at Naval Base Coronado in San Diego. The contract calls for the upgrade and expansion of Berth Lima to accommodate cold-iron berthing for ships, and includes the construction of a security building, two steel watch towers, two guard houses, security fencing, high-mast security lighting and surveillance infrastructure. Work is expected to be completed by March 2010. Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southwest, 1220 Pacific Highway, San Diego 92132-5190. DR# 0900408680.

LOUISIANA F. Miller Construction, a subsidiary of Orion Marine Group, was awarded a $20.5-million contract to perform site preparations for a new shipbuilding facility in Houma. The project consists of constructing a 2,452-ft steel sheet-pile bulkhead supported by a 1,420-ft steel sheet-pile tieback wall. Other work includes 10-ft to 60-ft-deep, 8-ft-dia soil mixed columns and the installation of five 200-ton crane pads. Construction is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2009 and be complete by the end of the year. Orion Marine Group, 12550 Fuqua St. Houston, Texas 77034.

TEXAS Ross Group Construction Corp. has been awarded a $17.5-million contract by the U.S. Army Engineer District, Fort Worth, to build a digital multipurpose training range at Fort Bliss. The project includes the construction of a range operations control center, related buildings, downrange target systems with both stationary and moving targets, new access roads, realted site work improvements and drainage. Current estimated completion date is May 2010. Ross Group Construction Corp. 1140 North 129th East Ave. Tulsa, Okla. 74116-1724. DR# 09-00445482.

Bid/Proposal Dates

SOUTH DAKOTA 3/19 South Dakota Dept. of Military and Veteran’s Affairs, 2823 W. Main St. Camp Rapid Building 601, Rapid City 57702-8170, National Guard Joint Force headquarters and readiness center. The project consists of a 3-story, 130,000-sq-ft structural-steel-frame building to serve as headquarters for the South Dakota National Guard. The estimated $26-million project is LEED-registered. Four Front Design Inc. 517 7th St. Rapid City 57701-2729. DR# 03-00725900.

INDIANA 3/24 Purdue University, 504 Northwestern Ave. Facilities Plan & Construction, West Lafayette 479072103, renovation and additions to Mackey athletic complex. The $99.5-million, 118,000-sq-ft renovation project calls for the complete gutting and remodeling of all of the complex’s athletic offices and locker rooms. Senior administrative offices are to be consolidated, separate locker rooms and weight rooms will be built for each sport and a new basketball practice court will be constructed. HNTB Corp. 715 Kirk Dr., Kansas City, Mo. 64105-1310. DR# 06-00781356.

WASHINGTON 3/25 Sound Transit, 401 South Jackson St., Seattle 981042826, construction of twin-bored vehicle tunnel. The approximately 11,400-ftlong segmentally lined tunnels will connect University of Washington Station to Capital Hill Station. The tunnels will be bored using pressurized face techniques, and will include cross passages excavated at intervals using a sequential excavation method. Work also includes civil and structural work for the University of Washington Station crossover. Project valuation is estimated at between $375 million and $400 million. Sound Transit, 401 South Jackson St., Seattle 981042826. DR# 08-00890376.

NEW JERSEY 3/26 Turnpike Authority Engineering Dept. 581 Main St. PO Box 5042, Woodbridge 07095-5050, widening of the Garden State Parkway. The $40-million project calls for the widening of the parkway in both the northbound and southbound directions from mile marker 70 to mile marker 75 in Ocean County. Additional work includes grading, drainage, paving, related structures, signs and striping. New Jersey Turnpike Authority Engineering Dept. 581 Main St. P.O. Box 5042, Wood-bridge 07095 -5050. DR# 05 00920141.

NEVADA 4/2 Clark County Dept. of Finance, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway Fl. 4, Las Vegas 89106-4506, beltway construction. The second phase of the Bruce Woodbury Beltway project calls for roadway work from Decatur to N. 5th St. in Las Vegas. In addition to grading and paving along the route, bridges are to be constructed over Revere St. and N. 5th St. Related roadwork includes construction of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, median islands, fencing, box culverts and drainage systems. The project is currently estimated at between $67 million and $74 million. Clark County Dept. of Finance, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway Fl. 4, Las Vegas 89106-4506

VERMONT 3/30 Fletcher Allen Health Care Facilities (FAHC), 111 Colchester 05446-7168, radiology oncology building. The two-story, 26,000-sq-ft medical facility will be located at the Fletcher Allen Ambulatory Care Center in Burlington. The building will include green design elements, including a green roof. The project is estimated at $12 million. Cannon Design Group, 100 Cambridge St. Ste. 100, Boston, Mass. 02114-2530. DR# 07-00662056.