Pulse   04/07/2010

MINNESOTA The Metropolitan Council, a regional planning agency serving the Twin Cities, is planning to build an 11-mile-long light-rail line connecting Minneapolis and St. Paul. The council expects to award the first major contract, the Civil East Package, worth $232 million, on June 23. The contract will include laying seven miles of track, relocating utilities, reconstructing streets and sidewalks, building 14 stations and tearing down the Bremer Bank building. Contracts for the western portion of the line— including an operations-and-maintenance center and a fare collection system—will be awarded later this year. The overall Central Corridor project will cost $957 million and be completed by 2014. Metropolitan Council, 390 N. Robert St., St. Paul, 55101.


ALASKA Ketchikan Gateway Borough has selected Rise Alaska to provide project management services for the Ketchikan Aquatic Center. The project includes a two-story, 35,000-sq-ft complex with an eight-lane main lap pool as well as a diving well, a separate, 3,150-sq-ft warm-water pool and a recreational slide structure. The project includes commissioning services and special-inspection program management. The construction cost is $17.4 million. Rise Alaska, 880 H St., Suite 101, Anchorage, 99501. DR# 09-00725435.

CALIFORNIA Bernards Construction Management has been selected by the City of Atascadero to provide construction and project management services for the rehabilitation of its historic City Hall. The project includes repairing damage from the 2003 San Simeon earthquake as well as abatement of hazardous materials. The construction cost is $35 million. Bernards Construction Management, 555 First St., San Fernando, 91340.

FLORIDA Broward County has selected Weitz to provide construction project management services for a new civil/family courthouse. The project includes a 17-story, 675,000-sq-ft building and a 120-space parking lot. The work includes serving as the owner’s representative during the construction phase. The estimated construction cost is $200 million. Weitz, 4000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 33021.

FLORIDA The County of Lee has selected David Douglas Associates Inc. to provide design services for the grade-separated intersection of Veterans Parkway and Santa Barbara Boulevard in Cape Coral. The project includes right-of-way mapping, environmental permitting, utility coordination and design of a toll-optional “queue jump” with an electronic toll gantry. The construction cost is $25 million. David Douglas Associates Inc., 1821 Victoria Ave., Fort Myers, 33901.

NEW YORK Brookhaven National Laboratories has selected the architecture team of Bergmann Associates and EYP (Einhorn Yaffee and Prescott) for the renovation of its physics and chemistry buildings in Upton. The buildings total 80,000 sq ft. All mechanical and electrical systems will be replaced and the laboratory spaces completely redesigned. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2011 and be completed by late 2012. Bergmann Associates, 28 East Main St., Rochester, 14614.

OREGON Oregon State University has picked Mahlum Architects to provide design services for the new, 180,000-sq-ft International Student Residence Hall in Corvallis. The project includes 30,000 sq ft of academic space for a library, laboratories and lecture theater. The construction cost is $52 million. Mahlum Architects, 1231 N.W. Hoyt, Portland, 97209.

PENNSYLVANIA The U.S. General Services Administration has awarded a $23.8-million contract to Grunley Construction Co. Inc. to renovate the exterior of the U.S. Custom House in Philadelphia. The project includes masonry restoration, repair/replacement of the windows, a new “green” roof, replacement of the tower lighting with energy-efficient fixtures and a high-efficiency boiler. The 17-story facility will remain occupied while the work is being performed. The project is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Grunley Construction Co. Inc., 15020 Shady Grove Rd., Suite 500, Rockville, Md., 20850.

SOUTH CAROLINA Lancaster County has awarded KBR’s Building Group a $25-million contract to build the new Lancaster County Courthouse in Lancaster. The 100,000-sq-ft building will house four classrooms, jury-deliberation rooms, storage space for records, and prisoner holding cells. The project is expected to be completed by April 2011. KBR Building Group, 5605 Carnegie Blvd., Charlotte, N.C. 28209.

Bid/Proposal Dates

CALIFORNIA 4/19 (proposals due) The County of San Bernardino, the Dept. of Architecture and Engineering, is seeking proposals for design services for the Baker Family Learning Center in Muscoy. The project includes a planned 11,000-sq-ft facility, which will contain a preschool, a public library and meeting rooms. The project goal is LEED-certified Silver. The contract’s value is estimated to be $3million. County of San Bernardino, Dept. of Architecture and Engineering, 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., San Bernardino, 92415.

HAWAII 4/20 (proposals due) The Hawaii Dept. of Transportation is seeking proposals for design-build services for the Honolulu International Airport (HNL) terminal modernization program. The project includes the construction of a new, 270,000-sq-ft replacement air-cargo facility and aircraft maintenance hangar, as well as design for roadway improvements, storm drainage and security systems. The construction cost is estimated to be $70 million. Hawaii Dept. of Transportation, Contracts Office, 869 Punchbowl St., Room 105, Honolulu, 96813. DR# 06-00754344.