Pulse  06/22/2011

Illinois The University of Chicago is planning to build the William Eckhardt Research Center, a five-story, 265,000-sq-ft building. The cast-in-place concrete structure will utilize slurry-wall construction for the basement wall and include chilled-beam technology and heat recovery systems. The building will contain offices, laboratories, conference rooms and the Institute of Molecular Engineering, with a 9,200-sq-ft clean room and an imaging suite below grade. HOK, along with James Carpenter Design Associates, is handling design; W.E. O’Neil is serving as the construction manager. The project also entails demolishing the existing Research Institutes Building, Low-Temp Building and the Astronomy and Astrophysics Center at 5630-5650 S. Ellis Ave. Demolition is expected to start this summer. The project goal is LEED Gold certification. Construction is expected to be completed in 2015. The project is valued at $215 million. W.E. O’Neil Construction Co., 2751 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, 60614.

Maryland The National Security Agency is designing a new supercomputing center, to be located at Fort Meade. The High-Performance Computing Center will feature 60 MW of power, depressed slab construction—with a floor load rating of 600 lb per sq in.—and a chilled-water system. The estimated construction cost is $895 million. The cost of the primary facility, including modular shell buildings, antiterrorism hardening and fire protection, will be $567 million. The total includes $118 million for mechanical systems and $225 million for electrical systems. Security features will include a vehicle cargo-inspection facility, visitor control center, and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear detection systems. The construction contract is expected to be awarded by September 2012, and construction is expected to be completed by December 2015. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 10 S. Howard St., Baltimore, 21201.


California Napa County has selected LSA Associates Inc. to prepare an environmental impact report for the redevelopment of the Health and Human Services campus in Napa. The project includes demolition of most of the 12 existing buildings on the site, construction of four new buildings totaling 184,000 sq ft, and 550 parking spaces. Required work includes analysis of traffic circulation and historic preservation. The construction cost has been estimated at $50 million. LSA Associates Inc., 2215 Fifth St., Berkeley, 94710.

Florida The Florida Dept. of Transportation has selected Atkins North America Inc. to provide construction engineering and inspection services for Interstate 75, from south of state Route 582 to north of county Route 581 and from north of county Route 581 to state Route 56. Required work includes underwater bridge inspections for the Hillsborough River and Cypress Creek bridges. The estimated construction cost is $121 million. Atkins North America Inc., 4030 W. Boy Scout Blvd., Suite 700, Tampa, 33607.

Florida The Solid-Waste Authority of Palm Beach County has awarded CDM and a consortium consisting of BE&K Construction Co. LLC and Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group a $667 million design-build contract for a 3,000-lb-per-day mass-burn waste-to-energy facility. The facility will generate 95 MW of electricity. The project is currently in the design phase, with construction scheduled to begin in spring 2012; the project is expected to be completed in 2015. CDM, 50 Hampshire St., Cambridge, Mass. 02139.

Hawaii The Naval Facilities Engineering Command has awarded a $62.7-million contract to Nan Inc. to build a new Central Identification Laboratory for the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The three-story building will include a laboratory, office space, training space and a warehouse. The project is expected to be completed by July 2013. Nan Inc., 636 Laumaka St., Honolulu, 96819

Louisiana The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $14.9-million firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to Luhr Bros. Inc. for emergency stone placement in the Mississippi, Atchafalaya, Red River and Old River control channels. Luhr Bros. Inc., 250 W. Sand Bank Road, Columbia, Ill. 62236.

New Mexico The Ruidoso Municipal School District has selected ASA Architects to provide design services for projects outlined in the district facilities’ master plan, including facility remodeling, landscape architecture, roof replacement, building relocation and demolition. The estimated construction cost is $14 million. ASA Architects, 201 N. Alameda St., Las Cruces, 88004.

South Carolina The Clemson University Restoration Institute has awarded a $22-million construction management contract to Choate Construction Co. to build a wind-turbine drivetrain testing facility . The project entails retrofitting Building 69, an 82,264-sq-ft former Navy warehouse, located at the Charleston Naval Complex in North Charleston. The project entails building foundations for the two test rigs, new plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems, new cladding, and building viewing galleries, so the scientists can observe the testing. AEC Engineering is performing architectural and engineering design and testing system integration. Renk Labeco Test Systems will build and install the test rigs. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2012. Choate Construction Co., 1671 Belle Isle Ave., Mt. Pleasant, 29464. DR#11-00410220.


Virginia The Naval Facilities Engineering Command has awarded a $12.8- million firm-fixed-price design-build contract to S.B. Ballard Construction Co. for a Navy Ordnance Cargo Logistics Training Complex at the Naval Weapons Station at Yorktown, the Cheatham Annex, in Williamsburg. The work will be performed at three sites and include five structures containing administrative offices, training classrooms, a warehouse, maintenance shops, a vehicle maintenance facility, support spaces, a mock warehouse, a mock pier, a mock cargo hold and a chemical, biological and radiological test chamber. Work also includes site demolition and temporary office-space renovations. The project is expected to be completed by February 2013. S.B. Ballard Construction Co., 2828 Shipps Corner Rd., Virginia Beach, 23453.

Washington The Naval Facilities Engineering Command has awarded a $13.8-million firm-fixed-price contract to San Juan Construction to build a logistics support center and a two-story addition to the Consolidated Data Center at Naval Base Kitsap in Silverdale. The project includes a shipping-and-receiving area, a covered loading dock, supply offices, and storage. The project is expected to be completed by October 2012. San Juan Construction Inc., 301 N. Cascade Ave., Montrose, Colo. 81401.

Bid/Proposal Dates

New York 7/7 Westchester County is seeking expressions of interest for construction inspection services for the replacement of the Bronx River Parkway bridges (at Crane Road) over the Bronx River and Metro-North Railroad. The project involves constructing two new bridges on a parallel alignment to the south and east of the existing structures.Required work includes on-site materials testing. The estimated construction cost is $40 million. Westchester County Dept. of Public Works and Transportation, 148 Martine Ave., White Plains, 10601.

Arizona 7/13 The City of Chandler is seeking qualifications for construction management-at-risk services for a lift station and sewer line . The project includes a new, 20-mgd wastewater lift station as well as 2,800 ft of a 42-in. and 66-in.-dia deep sewer located at the Ocotillo Water Reclamation Facility. The job also includes a wastewater receiving structure at the Airport Water Reclamation Facility. The estimated construction cost is $12 million. City of Chandler, Purchasing Office, 175 South Arizona Ave., Chandler, 85225. DR#11-00531334.

Georgia 7/18 The Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library System is seeking proposals for architectural and engineering services for five new branch libraries . The project entails designing a 25,000-sq-ft library in Alpharetta, a 15,000-sq-ft library in East Roswell, a 25,000-sq-ft library in Northwest Atlanta, a 25,000-sq-ft library in Stewart-Lakewood and a 25,000-sq-ft library in Wolf Creek. The project is valued at between $10 million and $15 million. Fulton County Purchasing Dept., Attn: Joyce Daniel, 130 Peachtree St. S.W., Atlanta, 30303. DR#11-00526467.

Indiana 7/19 The City of Indianapolis is seeking bidders for Deep Rock Tunnel Connector and Southport Advanced Wastewater Treatment Levee Improvements. The project entails constructing a 39,378-ft-long, 18-ft-dia combined-sewer overflow tunnel, a 2,326-ft-long, 18-ft-dia tunnel extension, a vortex drop-shaft structure, an air-vent pipe shaft, an de-aeration chamber, an adit and a 218-ft-deep, 39-ft to 44-ft-dia retrieval shaft as well as 5,624 ft of new levee embankment construction and 10,159 ft of existing levee embankment repair. The project is valued at between $250 million and $350 million. City of Indianapolis, Purchasing Dept., Attn: Carol Metz, 200 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, 46204. DR#10-00629965.

Louisiana 7/21 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking proposals for design-build services for the renovation of eight barracks at Fort Polk. Required work includes hazardous materials surveying and abatement, water and sewer piping, connection to the existing central energy plant, drainage improvements, landscape architecture, fire protection, solar heating and antiterrorism design. The project goal is LEED Silver certification. The estimated construction cost is between $100 million and $200 million. USACE District, Fort Worth, 819 Taylor St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102.

Oregon 8/16 Umpqua Community College is seeking construction management-at-risk firms for the Regional Allied Health and Science Center. The project entails building a three-story, 57, 130-sq-ft building on the campus in Roseburg. The project is valued at $22 million. Umpqua Community College, Purchasing Dept., Attn: Linda Spacaarotelli, 1140 N.E. College Ave., Roseburg, 97470. DR#09-00602017.