Pulse:   11/19/2008

ILLINOIS Preliminary planning is under way by developer Town Builder Studios along with architect Serena Sturm Architects Ltd. for Fox River Woods, a new 400-acre neighborhood built on sustainable ecological principles located along the Fox River at the interchange of Interstate 80 and Rte. 71 in Ottawa.  The goal of this residential community is to create a neighborhood that responds and preserves the environment through conservation and sustainability. The $275-million project includes 38 acres of retail and commercial development, 322 condominiums, 368 townhouses and rowhouses, and 534 single family houses. Further advancement pending city approvals. Serena Sturm Ar­chitects Ltd., 3351 Commercial Ave., Northbrook 60062; Town Builder Studios, 50 Forest Ave., Suite G, Riverside, Ill. 60546. DR #08-839195.

MAINE-NEW YORK First Wind is in advanced development stage for Prattsburgh Wind, a clean, renewable energy project to be located off Rte. 53 in the town of Prattsburgh, N.Y. The 54-MW project seeks to harness the natural resources of the wind to provide a range of economic and environmental benefits. Construction on this project is expected to start in spring 2009. First Wind is also in advanced development for the 40-MW Longfellow Wind Energy Project in Rumford, Maine. First Wind, 85 Wells Ave., Newton, Mass. 02459. DR #s 08-830484 and 08-830376.

NEW YORK Newman Development is partnering with The United Group of Companies Inc. to build the College Suites of Binghamton, a $65-million student housing project to be located near Binghamton University’s Downtown Center at Riverside Dr. and Washington St., across from Confluence Park. Einhorn Yaffee Prescott is the architect selected for the seven-story, 200,000-sq-ft project, which will include 600 to 800 beds with four-bedroom and two-bedroom configurations. Construction could start as early as April 2009, with scheduled opening by fall 2010. United Development Group, 300 Jordan Rd., Rensselaer Tech Park, Troy 12180; New�man Development Group, 3101 Shippers Rd., Vestal 13850; Einhorn Yaffee Prescott, 412 Broadway, Albany 12207. DR #08-830082.

WASHINGTON Rowley Properties has hired consultants to start developing a new master plan for Hyla Crossing, a proposed mixed-use development to include Class-A office space with retail and light industrial facilities, as well as apartment and condominium units to be built on 46 acres bordering Interstate 90 in Issaquah. The project will be done in five or six phases, with the first phase expected to cost between $75 million and $100 million. Construction is not expected to take place before 2010. Rowley Properties, 1695 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah 98027. DR #08-827093.


ALASKA-NEW YORK-OKLAHOMA Tetra Tech has been awarded three wind energy projects valued at more than $69 million. One project, for the Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co., calls for Tetra Tech to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the OU Spirit Wind Farm, which will consist of 44 Siemens 2.3-MW turbines, near Woodward, Okla. Tetra Tech was selected by Invenergy LLC to provide balance-of-plant (BOP) services for the High Sheldon Wind Farm in Wyoming County, N.Y. This project, which will have a maximum electrical generating capacity of 112.5 MW, calls for Tetra Tech to construct roads and foundations to support the installation of 75 wind turbines. Kodiak Electric Association awarded the third project to Tetra Tech, which includes providing engineering, procurement and construction services for the Pillar Mountain Wind Project on Kodiak Island, Alaska. This project includes the installation of three General Electric turbines capable of generating 4.5 MW of power. Work on this project is under way and is expected to be complete by July 2009. Tetra Tech, 3475 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, Calif. 91107

IDAHO Parsons has been awarded a $98-million contract by the Idaho Transportation Dept. for a new byway on U.S. 95 in Sandpoint. Parsons will construct 2.1 miles of new two-lane and three-lane highway along the east side of Sand Creek, including a full interchange, a three-quarters interchange, three steel girder bridges, a steel-arch girder bridge, 17 mechanically stabilized earth walls, and a pedestrian walkway and bike path. Parsons will also perform associated shore�line reconditioning and dredging. Completion scheduled for summer 2012. Parsons, 100 W. Walnut St., Pasadena, Calif. 91124. DR #99-842348

MISSISSIPPI Weyerhaeuser Co. has awarded a contract to BE&K Construction for the rebuild of a large recovery boiler at its cellulose fiber mill in Columbus. The contract calls for BE&K to reconstruct the lower furnace of the mill’s larger recovery boiler, including replacing furnace walls and existing sloped floor, upgrading the combustion air system, as well as replacing a smelt dissolving tank, installing new agitators and soot blowers. Work on this project is scheduled to get under way in April 2009. BE&K Construction, a division of KBR, 2000 International Park Dr., Birmingham, Ala. 35243.

NEVADA The Shaw Group Inc. has been awarded a contract valued at ap�proximately $400 million by NV Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sierra Pacific Resources, to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for a new 500-MW combined cycle, natural gas-fired powerplant at the existing Harry Allen generating station north of Las Vegas. The project is scheduled for completion in 2011. The Shaw Group Inc., 4171 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, La. 70809.

NEW HAMPSHIRE William A. Berry & Son Inc. has been awarded a contract by Dartmouth College for a new $57-million visual arts center in downtown Hanover. The four-story, 96,000-sq-ft steel-frame structure will house the college’s studio arts, film and TV studies programs. The new state-of-the-art facility will pursue a minimum of a LEED Silver rating. Construction is expected to start in spring 2009. William A. Berry & Son Inc., 99 Conifer Hill Dr., Danvers 01923. DR #04-637495.

NEW JERSEY Groundbreaking ceremonies were recently held for the new $441.7-million University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. The Princeton HealthCare System has awarded a contract to Turner Construction Co. to provide construction-management services, and the joint venture of HOK and RMJM Hillier is architect for the 636,000-sq-ft replacement hospital that will be situated on a 50-acre site on Rte. 1, 2.5 miles from downtown Princeton. The scope of work includes construction of a hospital, which will contain 238 private patient rooms, state-of-the-art emergency services, operating suites and comprehensive ambulatory services and laboratories. When completed in 2011, the new hospital will be the centerpiece of a new 160-acre health-care campus. Subsequent development would provide an additional 324,000 sq ft for up to 160 additional private patient rooms, expanded hospital services and physician offices. Turner Construction Co., Healthcare Group, 5300 Virginia Way, Brentwood, Tenn. 37027; HOK and RMJM Hillier, 500 Alexander Park, Princeton 08543. DR #02-789005.

NEW YORK Construction is under way on a new early childhood center, which will serve pre-K through 3rd grade students on a site shared with P.S. 94X at 3530 Kings College Place in the Bronx. Gran Kriegel Associates was selected by the New York City School Construction Authority to design the new three-story, 47,000-sq-ft center, with Citnalta Construction Corp. as the general contractor. Completion of the LEED Silver-certified facility is scheduled for late 2009. Gran Kriegel Associates, 29 Broadway, New York City 10006; Citnalta Construction Corp., 1601 Locust Ave., Bohemia 11716. DR #08-555320.

WASHINGTON Turner Construction Co. was selected by the Port of Seattle to provide general contracting and construction-management services for the $224-million Consolidated Rental Car Facility at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Upon completion in 2011, the five-story, 1.1-million-sq-ft facility will seek a LEED Silver certification. Turner Construction Co., 830 Fourth Ave. S., Suite 400, Seattle 98134. DR #06-918988.

Bid/Proposal Dates

CALIFORNIA 12/3 (prequalified bidders) — University of California-Santa Cruz, Physical Planning and Construction Division, 1156 High St., Barn G, Santa Cruz 95064, East Campus Infill Apartments in Santa Cruz. The estimated $100-million project includes 100 new student apartments in seven, four and 10-story buildings, with total floor area of 230,000 sq ft. For more information, call (831) 459-5540. DR #08-698829.

CALIFORNIA 12/4 City of Santa Barbara, 630 Garden St., Santa Barbara 93101, Santa Barbara Airport airline terminal improvement project. Estimated to cost between $40 million and $44.5 million, the project consists of construction of a new two-story, 72,380-sq-ft airline terminal building. Architects are: Phillips Metsch Sweeney Moore Architects, 2020 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite 220, Santa Barbara 93103, and HNTB Architecture, 601 W. Fifth St., One Bunker Hill, Suite 1010, Los Angeles 90071. DR #93-604220.

FLORIDA 12/4 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Contracting Officer, 109 St. Joseph St., Mobile, Ala. 36652, special forces complex at Eglin Air Force Base. The six-building, 700,000-sq-ft complex is estimated to cost between $100 million and $250 million. Bullock Tice Associates Architects Inc., architect, 909 E. Cervantes St., Suite B, Pensacola 32501. DR #08-813157.

HAWAII 12/4 State of Hawaii, Dept. of Education, Auxiliary Services Branch, 1037 S. Beretania St., Honolulu 96814, Ewa Makai Middle School at 91-6291 Kapolei Parkway in Ewa Beach. The proj�ect, estimated to cost between $50 million and $100 million, includes three single-story buildings with total floor area of 32,420 sq ft. Mitsunnaga & Associates Inc., architect, 747 Amana St., Honolulu 96814. DR #06-765747.

NEW YORK 12/4 (general contract-HVAC bids) — New York City, Dept. of Design and Construction, 3030 Thomson Ave., Fifth Floor, Long Island City 11101, expansion of the Queens Museum of Art at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The estimated $37-million project includes a two-story, 52,000-sq-ft expansion, which will double the museum's footprint to 105,000 sq ft. Grimshaw USA, architect, 100 Reade St., New York City 10013. DR #06-859387.

NORTH CAROLINA 12/4 (qualifications for construction manager services) — Mecklenburg County Real Estate Services, 1435 W. Morehead St., Suite 120, Charlotte 28208, Mecklenburg County Jail North Annex Expansion in Charlotte. The estimated $293-million project includes an expansion to accommodate approximately 1,300 to 1,700 new jail beds and associated support areas. Architects are: HOK, 3223 Grace St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 and Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, 5815 Westpark Dr., Charlotte 28217. DR #07-907978.