Pulse   04/14/2010

CONNECTICUT Developer Ponemah Riverbank LLC is planning to convert a historic cotton mill located in Taftville into apartments. In the first phase, the bulk of the five-story, 430,000-sq-ft Ponemah Mills building, erected in 1865, will be converted into 235 market-rate apartments, totaling 290,000 sq ft. Some units on the fourth and fifth floors will be duplexes with 14-ft ceilings and mezzanines. Tocci Building Cos. will be the the general contractor. Phase-one construction is expected to begin in June 2010 and be completed by August 2011. The estimated construction cost of phase one is $30 million. Tocci Building Cos., 660 Main St., Woburn, Mass. 01801.

OHIO SunCoke Energy recently received air-permit approvals to build a $360-million coke oven facility in Middletown. Per year, the plant will produce 550,000 tons of coke, which will be sold to AK Steel under a long-term contract. The project includes a 46-MW cogeneration plant, which is being built on a 157-acre plot off Yankee Road. McGraw/Kokosing is the general contractor. Groundbreaking will occur this week, and construction is expected to take 15 to 18 months. McGraw/Kokosing Inc., 4701 East Oxford State Rd., Middletown, 45044.

TEXAS Parkland Memorial Hospital is planning to build a replacement building on a 26-acre site across from the present hospital on Henry Hines Boulevard. It will be 17 stories and contain 2 million sq ft, with 862 beds and 120 neo-natal intensive-care-unit bassinets. The project will include 4,000 parking spaces: 2,000 in a garage and 2,000 at-grade. The new hospital was designed by two architectural firms, HDR and Corgan. The general contractor, BARA, is a joint venture of Balfour Beatty, Austin Commercial, H.J. Russell and Azteca Enterprises. Construction is expected to begin in November 2010 and be completed in 2014. The estimated construction cost is $1.2 billion. Parkland Health and Hospital System, 5201 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, 75235.


CALIFORNIA Mill Valley School District has selected DLM Architects to provide design services for the new Edna Maguire Elementary School. The project includes the replacement of an existing facility with a new campus of classrooms, administration offices, a library, a gymnasium and covered outdoor eating and learning areas. The construction cost is $40 million. DLM Architects, 12 Gough St., San Francisco, 94103.

CALIFORNIA Pleasant Hill Recreation and Park District has selected Critical Solutions Inc. to provide overall project and construction management services for the new, 23,000-sq-ft Community Center, a 22,000-sq-ft Senior Center, a 6,000-sq-ft Teen Center and an upgrade to Pleasant Oaks Park restrooms. The construction cost is $26.3 million. Critical Solutions Inc., 1801 Oakland Blvd., Walnut Creek, 94596.

FLORIDA The City of Gainesville has awarded Skanska a $49-million construction management-at-risk contract to build the Gainesville Regional Utilities Eastside Operations Center. Sited on 120 acres, the center will comprise nine buildings totaling 260,000 sq ft and aims to achieve LEED Silver. Besides offices and a hurricane-hardened data center, the campus will include equipment service spaces, warehousing, a fueling station and training areas. October 2011 is the project’s completion date. Skanska USA Building Inc., 901 N.W. Eighth Ave., Gainesville, 32601. DR# 06-00733905.

TENNESSEE The U.S. Dept. of Energy has awarded a $16.8-million contract to Safety and Ecology Corp. for environmental cleanup operations at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. SEC will demolish and dispose of 34 facilities that had previously been used to support reactor operations and activities. In addition, SEC will remove materials from inside five other buildings and six radioisotope thermoelectric generators. This project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Safety and Ecology Corp., 2800 Solway Rd., Knoxville, 37931.

TEXAS The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $58.5-million firm-fixed-price contract to Weeks Marine Inc. for mechanical and hydraulic construction of containment levees requiring deep excavation to minus-70 ft, shoreline protection and spill-box rehab to increase the capacity of Placement Areas Nos. 14 and 15 as well as maintenance and dredging of the Houston Galveston Navigation Channel Bayport to Morgans Point. The project is expected to be completed by March 2012. Weeks Marine Inc., 304 Gaille Dr., Covington, La. 70433.

VERMONT The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded J&J Contractors Inc. a $16-million firm-fixed-price design-build contract for an Armed Forces Reserve Center in Rutland. The project is expected to be completed by May 2011. J&J Contractors Inc., 35 Market St., Lowell, Mass., 01852.

VIRGINIA The Naval Facilities Engineering Command has awarded Hourigan Construction Corp. a $15.2-million firm-fixed-price task order under a previously netted multiple-award construction contract for the design and construction of a C-40 aircraft maintenance hangar at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach. The project entails the design and construction of a new aircraft hangar and associated support infrastructure and will include the demolition of two existing buildings. The project is expected to be completed by March 2012. Hourigan Construction Corp., 4429 Bonney Rd., Virginia Beach, 23462.

WISCONSIN WE Energies has awarded a $255-million contract to The Boldt Co. to build a 50-MW biomass cogeneration plant in Rothschild. The plant will be built at the Domtar paper mill and will use wood waste to produce electricity. Pending approval by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, construction is expected to start in spring 2011. The Boldt Co., 2525 N. Roemer Rd., Appleton, 54912.

PUERTO RICO The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded Lord Electric Co. a $9.5-million firm-fixed-price contract for the design and construction of a substation project at Fort Buchanan. The project is expected to be completed by April 2011. Lord Electric Co., of Puerto Rico, Inc., Villa Prades, Eight Simon Madera, San Juan, PR 00924.

Bid/Proposal Dates

INDIANA 4/27 Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Attn: Walter J. Branson, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne, 46805, parking garage. This project entails building a 1,000-vehicle parking garage and associated roadways at the north end of the campus. The project is valued at $16.8 million. Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Attn: Walter J. Branson, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne, 46805. DR# 08-00650862.

UTAH 5/4 (subcontractor bidding) Westland Construction, Attn: Nick Slye, 1411 W. 1250 South, Orem, 84058, elementary school. This project entails building the Sierra Bonita Elementary School in Spanish Fork for the Nebo School District. The building will be one story and 86,949 sq ft. Westland Construction is the construction manager. The project is valued at $10.9 million. Westland Construction, Attn: Nick Slye, 1411 W. 1250 South, Orem, 84058. DR# 10-00434803.