Pulse  12/22/2010

IOWA The University of Iowa regents have approved a $75-million makeover of the Iowa Memorial Union, which was damaged by a flood in 2008. The four-story, 340,000-sq-ft building will be refurbished to include the campus bookstore, expanded food service and a six-lane bowling alley. Flood mitigation and ground-floor refurbishing, including student lounge space, food service and shells for outside vendors will cost $53 million. Another $22 million will be for deferred maintenance, including a new sprinkler system, a new roof and upgrades to meet Disabilities Act standards. No contractor has been chosen yet. University of Iowa, Attn: Rod Lehnertz, project manager, Planning, Design, and Construction Dept., 210 Univer-sity Services Building, Iowa City, 52242.

MINNESOTA The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul currently comprises four venues: the 1,900-seat Music Theater, the 315-seat McKnight Theatre and two large rehearsal halls. Ordway plans to replace the McKnight Theatre with a 1,100-seat music venue. Construction is scheduled to start in 2012. AGA designed the expansion, and McGough has been selected as the general contractor. The estimated construction cost is $35 million. McGough, 2737 Fairview Ave. N., St. Paul, 55113.


FLORIDA INEOS New Planet Bio-Energy has selected AMEC to build a commercial-scale bio-ethanol facility in Vero Beach. The plant will produce eight million gallons of ethanol per year from biomass, including yard, wood, vegetative and municipal solid wastes. The plant is scheduled to begin operating in 2012. The estimated construction cost is $100 million. AMEC, 400 Executive Center Dr., Greenville, S.C. 29615.

MASSACHUSETTS Fitchburg State University has awarded a $42-million contract to BOND to build a 54,700-sq-ft expansion to the Condike Science Center. The project also entails renovating the existing building. The expanded facility will provide biology and chemistry laboratories, classrooms and support functions. The project is expected to be completed by January 2014. BOND, 145 Spring St., Everett, 02149.

NEW YORK Hudson Valley Community College has tapped Mosaic Architects for commissioning services for a three-story, 114,000-sq-ft science center on its Troy campus. The project goal is LEED certification. Estimated construction cost is $35 million. Mosaic Architects, 73 Troy Rd., No. 1B, East Greenbush, 12061.

TEXAS Texas Tech University Sys-tem has selected the SHW Group to provide design services for a 30,000-sq-ft autism education and research center in Lubbock. The project includes an Adult Transition Academy, a Teacher Preparation Academy, new research and sup-port spaces, new class labs, lecture rooms and offices. The project goal is LEED certification. The estimated construc-tion cost is $10 million. SHW Group, 5717 Legacy Dr., No. 250, Plano, 75024.

WISCONSIN Milwaukee Health Care Properties LLC has awarded a $16-million build-to-suit contract to The Congress Cos. for the renovation and construction of the Bel Air Health Center, a three-story, 102,000-sq-ft rehabilitation and nursing building, which will be leased to the operator, Elite Senior Living. The project entails building a 185-bed facility, including a 50-bed rehabilitation wing. The Congress Cos., Two Bourbon St., Peabody, Mass. 01960.

Bid/Proposal Dates

ALASKA 1/6 The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is seeking proposals for design services for phase one of a roof-replacement bond measure. The work includes energy conservation recommendations, asbestos abatement and inspection services at Ninilchik Elementary/High School, Soldotna High School, the school district’s central warehouse, Kenai Elementary/Aurora Borealis Charter School, K-Beach Elementary School (includes structural evaluation) and Kenai Central High School. The estimated construction cost is $15 million. Kenai Peninsula Borough, Purchasing & Contracting Dept., 144 N. Binkley St., Soldotna, 99669.

MICHIGAN 1/10 Michigan State University is seeking bids for asbestos abatement of Bailey Hall, which will be undergoing renovation. The overall project is valued at $12.8 million. Michigan State University, 133 Service Rd., East Lansing, 48824. DR#10-00581696.

NEVADA 1/10 Clark County is seeking design-build proposals for renovations to the basement level of its detention center s north tower. The project includes kitchen and laundry facilities, security, fire and life-safety systems, waste piping and new mechanical and electrical systems. Estimated construction cost is $30 million. Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, Purchasing and Contracts Division, Las Vegas, 89155.

FLORIDA 1/11 The Canaveral Port Authority is seeking design-build proposals for the two-story, 110,000-sq-ft Cruise Terminal 6 building, a 750-car parking garage and adjacent sites on the West Turning Basin. The estimated construction cost is $30 million. Canaveral Port Authority, 445 Challenger Rd., Cape Canaveral, 32920.

CALIFORNIA 2/8 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, is seeking design-build proposals for a 74,688-sq-ft tactical equipment maintenance facility at Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County. The project includes HVAC and security systems as well as energy-saving lighting. The estimated construction cost is between $10 million and $25 million. USACE, 600 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Place, Room 821, Louisville, Ky. 40202.