Stimulus Dollars Drive Megaprojects in the Mid-Atlantic
Although the bulk of stimulus dollars are aimed at small projects, the few megaprojects under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are beginning to move ahead.
Among the most anticipated projects in the Mid-Atlantic region is the $500 million Mission Critical Data Center project for the Social Security Administration. In October, Jacobs Engineering of Pasadena, Calif., was awarded a contract by the U.S. General Services Administration to provide construction management services for the facility, which will be located within 40 mi of Baltimore. GSA expects to award a design-build contract on the stimulus project in spring 2011.
In August, GSA awarded a $435.4 million design-build contract for the new U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters building in Washington, D.C. Clark Construction Group of Bethesda, Md., leads the winning team, joined by St. Louis-based HOK, which will provide interior designs, landscape architecture, construction documents and administration. The Washington office of WDG Architecture is the architect of record. Chicago-based Perkins+Will created preliminary designs and bridging documents for the 1.2 million-sq-ft building, which will aim for a LEED Silver rating.
The headquarters, along with a 1,000-car parking garage, will be built on the new 4.5 million-sq-ft Homeland Security campus at the former St. Elizabeths Hospital site. Project funding includes $162 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Ground broke in September with completion expected in 2013.