Pulse  08/25/2010

COLORADO The University of Colorado Hospital is planning an expansion of the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. The project entails a new 12-story, 260-bed building containing 660,000 sq ft of space, as well as the renovation of 60,000 sq ft of existing space. The expansion includes new operating rooms, a larger emergency department, diagnostic and treatment facilities and additional office space. It also includes two new parking structures, containing a total of 2,300 spaces. The expansion is expected to cost $400 million. It is being designed by HDR Architecture; a general contractor is expected to be chosen soon. Construction will begin in January 2011, with completion slated for 2013. University of Colorado Hospital, Anschutz Medical Campus, 13001 E. 17th Place, Aurora, 80010.

HAWAII The National Solar Observatory (NSO) is planning to build the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST) on Mount Haleakala on the island of Maui in Hawaii. ATST will be the largest solar telescope in the world. NSO has awarded the design contract for the telescope enclosure to AEC Engineering, which is part of the IDOM group. The ATST enclosure will be a 143-ft-tall structure designed to protect the telescope assembly; it will include a variety of mechanical subsystems to enable the structure to point, track and slew. Construction is expected to begin in 2012 and be completed in 2015. National Solar Observatory, 3010 Coronal Loop, Sunspot, New Mexico, 88349.

INDIANA AIT Laboratories is planning to move its headquarters into a new facility in Indianapolis as well as build a new toxicology lab. After some upgrading, the headquarters staff will move into an existing 90,000-sq-ft building in the Woodland Corporate Park. The company also plans to construct a new 60,000-sq-ft toxicology laboratory adjacent to the headquarters, to house AIT Bioscience. Construction management is being handled by the Paul Kite Co. The toxicology lab’s first of two phases will start construction in October 2010 and entail 20,000 sq ft; it is expected to be complete by spring 2011. The second phase will add 40,000 additional sq ft and be completed by 2012. The estimated overall building purchase and construction cost is $74 million. Paul Kite Co., 7661 N. Perimeter Rd., Suite 100, Indianapolis, 46241.


ARIZONA Hunter Contracting has been selected by the City of Mesa to provide construction management-at-risk services for the widening of Mesa Drive between U.S. Route 60 and Southern Avenue. The project includes three through lanes, a raised median, storm drains and lighting. The estimated construction cost is $20 million. Hunter Contracting, 701 N. Cooper Rd., Gilbert, 85233.

CALIFORNIA EnergySource has chosen Performance Mechanical Contactors to build the Hudson Ranch One geothermal powerplant. The 49-MW geothermal flash steam plant will be built on a 65-acre site near the Salton Sea and Niland. Construction is expected to cost $399 million and be completed by spring 2012. The project is partially funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Performance Mechanical Contactors, 401 W. Fifth St., Holtville, 92250.

FLORIDA Merlin Entertainments Group has awarded PCL Construction Services Inc. the design-build contract to build the Legoland theme park in Winter Haven. This fast-track project is being constructed on the 125-acre former Cypress Gardens site and comprises both new construction and renovations of more than 80 structures, including 12 restaurants, three roller coasters, 15 flat rides and two water rides. The project also includes extensive, heavily themed hardscape, water features, landscaping of 50 acres and the installation of new park-wide utility systems. Design and pre-construction is currently under way with PCL’s design partner, Morris Architects. The project is expected to be completed by September 2011. No cost figure has been made public. PCL Construction Services Inc., 6675 Westwood Blvd., Orlando, 32821.

RHODE ISLAND The Naval Facilities Engineering Command has awarded a $38.2-million contract to Absher Construction Co. to build officer training command quarters at Naval Station Newport. The three-story, 118,500-sq-ft building will accommodate 464 officers. The project includes the construction of two satellite parking lots and the demolition of 143,000-sq-ft Nimitz Hall. The project is expected to be completed by February 2012. Absher Construction Co., 1001 Shaw Rd., Puyallup, Wash. 98372. DR#09-00606330.

TENNESSEE The Wilson County Board of Education has awarded a $38.7- million contract to R.G. Anderson Company to build the new Lebanon High School. The project entails building a three-story, 372,000-sq-ft building, plus a geothermal closed-loop ground heat exchanger. The project is expected to be completed by June 2012. R.G. Anderson Company, 1801 West End Ave., Nashville, 37203. DR#08-00584498.

TEXAS The Texas Veterans Land Board has selected Barcom Commercial Inc. to build the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery at Corpus Christi. The master plan for the 54-acre site provides for 31,500 gravesites over a 40-year period. The design team was led by PBS&J and included RVi Planning + Landscape Architecture + Graphic Design. The estimated $6.4-million project is expected to be complete by late 2011. Barcom Commercial Inc., 5826 Bear Ln., Corpus Christi, 78405.

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TEXAS 9/7 The Deep East Texas Council of Governments is seeking proposals for the preparation of an updated public transportation coordination plan for the 12-county planning area of Region 14. The project includes development of a comprehensive list of transportation resources, identification of all region-wide agencies responsible for transportation planning and assessment of the public’s unmet transportation needs as well as inefficiencies in service delivery. The estimated contract value is $42.2 million. DETCOG, 210 Premier Dr., Jasper, 75951.

NORTH CAROLINA 9/9 Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Construction Dept. #8702, 2001 Southeast 10th St., Bentonville, Ark. 72716, store building. This project entails building the 160,000-sq-ft Supercenter #1666-04, located on Independence Road in Charlotte. The project includes site clearing and asphalt paving. The project is valued at between $10 million and $15 million. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Construction Dept. #8702, 2001 S.E.10th St., Bentonville, Ark. 72716. DR#09-00712371.

WISCONSIN 9/9 State of Wisconsin, Attn: Joe Sokal, 101 E. Wilson St., Madison, 53707, university residence hall. This project comprises a six-story, 164,981-sq-ft residence hall at the University of Wisconsin’s Oshkosh campus, located at Algoma Boulevard and Elmwood Avenue in Oshkosh. It will contain suite-style units, of which 46 will have four single bedrooms and 39 will have two double bedrooms. Both types will have common living rooms, kitchenettes and bathrooms. In addition, there will be five community adviser units, a visitors apartment, a director’s apartment, and lounge, study, recreation and common-use space. The project also includes a geothermal heat pump system. The project is valued at $24.1 million. State of Wisconsin, Attn: Joe Sokal, 101 E. Wilson St., Madison, 53707. DR#09-00444750.

GEORGIA 9/14 (requests for proposals) Jekyll Island Authority, Attn: C. Jones Hook, 100 James Rd., Jekyll Island, 31527, convention-center expansion. This project entails demolishing the existing convention center and building a new 128,000-sq-ft building. The project includes solar panels and rainwater cisterns for landscape irrigation. The project is valued at between $7.5 million and $10 million. Jekyll Island Authority, Attn: C. Jones Hook, 100 James Rd., Jekyll Island, 31527. DR#09-00542924.

MISSOURI 9/16 Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Attn: Jeffrey Theerman, 2350 Market St., St. Louis, 63103, wastewater treatment plant expansion. This project entails pipe and sewer installation and tunnel work at the Lemay Wastewater Treatment Plant, located at 201 E. Hoffmeister Ave. The project is valued at $11.5 million. Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, Attn: Jeffrey Theerman, 2350 Market St., St. Louis, 63103. DR#10-00601571.

MARYLAND 9/16 National Cancer Institute, Frederick Cancer Research & Development Center, Attn: Matthew Hull, 12 Miller Dr., Fort Detrick, 21702, research facility. This project comprises base building upgrades and the interior fit-out of four buildings, totaling 242,669 sq ft. The facility will house programs that develop advanced biomedical technologies and translate research discoveries to clinical settings, including manufacturing, lab work and cancer research and development as well as the production of drugs, vaccines and other products. This project is valued at between $25 million and $50 million. National Cancer Institute, Frederick Cancer Research & Development Center, Attn: Matthew Hull, 12 Miller Dr., Fort Detrick, 21702. DR#10-00598182.