Pulse  05/04/2011

Tennessee The City of Pigeon Forge plans to build the LeConte Center, a 232,599-sq-ft multipurpose special-events center. It will contain a 100,500-sq-ft exhibit hall, a 12,000-sq-ft hall that can be divided into three separate spaces, eight multipurpose rooms ranging from 750 to 2,000 sq ft, and six loading bays. Pigeon River Land Partners LLC will serve as the developer during construction, but the Pigeon Forge Industrial Development Board will own and operate the center. Construction is expected to begin this summer and be completed by September 2013. The construction cost is estimated to be $44.9 million. Mike Wilds, project manager, P.O. Box 6774, Sevierville, 37864.

Texas The City of Dallas is planning to replace the Sylvan Avenue Bridge, which crosses the Trinity River and its floodplain. The project entails building a 3,446-ft-long, 23-span bridge that will have three lanes in each direction. Serving a dual purpose, the outside lanes will be wide enough to accommodate both vehicles and bicycles; furthermore, there will be sidewalks for pedestrians on each side of the bridge. The project also includes an 890-ft-long, two-lane ramp into the floodway to provide access to Trammell Crow Park and the boat ramp. The estimated construction cost is $38 million. The Texas Dept. of Transportation has set a bid deadline of July 7, 2011, and construction is expected to begin this fall. Texas Dept. of Transportation, 4777 E. Highway 80, Mesquite, 75150.

Virginia The City of Norfolk is planning to build a new library, which will be called the Col. Samuel L. Slover Library. The planned six-story, 137,000-sq-ft building will comprise the historic Seaboard Building, the current Plume Street location of the interim Norfolk main library, and a new structure to be built between the current main library and Selden Arcade; the two structures will be connected by a glass-enclosed courtyard and atrium. Newman Architects, headquartered in New Haven, Conn., is designing it. The estimated construction cost is $60 million. Project bidding will take place in the fall of this year, and construction will start in early 2012. The library is expected to open in spring 2014. Norfolk Dept. of Development, 500 East Main St., Norfolk, 23510.


Mississippi Mississippi KiOR, a biofuels company, has awarded an engineer-procure-construct contract to KBR to build a biomass-to-renewable crude facility in Columbus. The facility's fluid catalytic cracking units will convert approximately 500 tons of wood biomass per day into 11 million gallons of gasoline and diesel blendstocks annually. The contract amount was not disclosed. KBR, 601 Jefferson, Houston, Texas 77002.

New York The New York State Dormitory Authority has selected Sasaki to provide architectural and engineering services for a new 70,000-sq-ft, 200-bed dormitory at SUNY College in Oneonta. The project entails townhouse apartments connected to the existing campus grid for fire and security systems as well as electric, water and sanitary systems. The estimated construction cost is between $16 million and $25 million. Sasaki, 62 Pleasant St., Watertown, Mass. 02472. DR#10-00699616.

Utah The State of Utah, Division of Facilities of Construction and Management, has selected Architectural Nexus to provide architectural and engineering services for an Open-Bay Billeting Facility and an Administration and Education Facility, totaling 85,000 sq ft at Camp Williams. Required work includes geotechnical investigation. The estimated construction cost is $23.6 million. Architectural Nexus, 2505 E. Parleys Way, Salt Lake City, 84106.

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Colorado 5/20 The City of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority are seeking proposals for design and construction management for phase-two improvements at the Woodmen Road corridor. The city's portion of the proposed action calls for six continuous lanes from I-25 to Powers Boulevard. The estimated construction cost is $66.6 million. City of Colorado Springs, 30 S. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, 80903. DR#11-00472261.