Pulse:  11/26/2008

ARIZONA The Salt River Project announced plans to proceed with development of two natural-gas powerplants in Pinal County and maintain an option to build a third near Eloy. The planned powerplants will be constructed on the “Abel” site, adjacent to the Abel substation in northwest Florence, and the “Pinal Central” site, adjacent to the Pinal Central substation site south of Coolidge. SRP will continue to pursue a project near Eloy at the corner of Arizona Rte. 87 and Hanna Rd., but doesn’t need the power immediately. The Abel site, which is estimated to cost $739 million, will be an 850-MW peaking powerplant that only runs in the summer when energy demand is highest. The cost for the 1,150-MW Pinal Central facility, which is a more complex combined-cycle plant, is expected to cost more. Pending approval from the Arizona Corporation Commission, the Abel plant is expected to be operational by 2012 and Pinal Central between 2014 and 2022. Salt River Project, 1521 N. Project Dr., Tempe 85072-2025. DR #08-848756.


NEW JERSEY The new $95-million Monroe Township High School is being built by Seacoast Builders Corp. for the Monroe Township Board of Education. Located on 35 acres of the Thompson Park site, the three-story, 370,000-sq-ft state-of-the-art high school will house 2,000 students and is scheduled to open in September 2010. Seacost Builders Corp., 566 Halls Mill Rd., Freehold 07728-8811. DR #01-760065.

NORTH CAROLINA A $99.7-million design-build contract has been awarded to Caddell Construction by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, for a new 510,266-sq-ft barracks and operations complex that will serve 672 personnel at Fort Bragg. The scope of the project includes a new 258,360-sq-ft barracks building, a 40,000-sq-ft brigade headquarters and two 16,400-sq-ft battalion headquarters buildings, and 14 company operations facilities. LS3P Associates Ltd. is the architect-engineer for the project. Completion is anticipated for September 2010. Caddell Construction Co., 2700 Lagoon Park Dr., Montgomery, Ala. 36109; LS3P Associates Ltd., 205 ½ King St., Charleston, S.C. 29401.

TENNESSEE Skanska has been awarded a $146-million construction-management contract by Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center for a 12-story, 600,000-sq-ft children's hospital in Memphis. The new hospital, with 225 patient rooms designed to accommodate two relatives, will include a number of pediatric specialties, as well as cardiovascular and neonatal intensive care units. The hospital also will feature a mini-movie theater and areas for play and schooling. Construction is expected to be completed in 2010. Skanska USA Building, 30 Burton Hills Blvd., Suite 175, Nashville 37215. DR #05-754822.

Bid/Proposal Dates

ARKANSAS 12/10 Northwest Arkansas Conservation Authority, P.O. Box 2487, Rogers 72757, wastewater treatment plant on Snavely Rd. N.W. in Bentonville. Burns & McDonnell, engineer, 9400 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Mo. 64114. DR #02-789077.

CALIFORNIA 12/10 State of California, Dept. of Transportation, Plans and Document Section, 1120 N St., Room 200, Sacramento 95814, widening of Rte. 101 and reconstruction of Wilfred Ave. Interchange in and near Rohnert Park from Rohnert Park Expressway to Santa Rosa Ave. Overcrossing. The estimated $56-million project includes widening roadway from four to six lanes for HOV lanes. For more information, call (916) 654-4490. DR #08-818835.

OKLAHOMA 12/11 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1645 S. 101st E Ave., Tulsa 74128, three-story, 171,000-sq-ft medical-dental clinic replacement at Tinker Air Force Base. The cost is estimated between $25 million and $100 million. Sherlock Smith & Adams, architect, 3047 Carter Hill Rd., Montgomery, Ala. 36111. DR #08-838900.

TENNESSEE 12/11 (select list of bidders)—Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, 4800 W. 57th St., Sioux Falls, S.D. 57117, 135,000-sq-ft Fairfield Glade Retirement Community at Catoosa Blvd. and North Ridge in Crossville. The project consists of two three-story buildings with 42 independent living apartments, 24 assisted living apartments, 30 skilled nursing rooms, a central community center, and a maintenance building. SFCS Inc. (Sherertz Franklin Crawford Shaffner), architect, 101 W. Worthington Ave., Charlotte, N.C. 28203. DR #08-718792.