The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a construction symposium and discussed a wide variety of El Paso-area construction projects.

Among the high-profile projects listed by the chamber are:

The U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers at Fort Bliss has $627 million worth of construction projects for bid this year and in 2010. They include: $355 million for three infrastructure projects; $150 million for the first phase of the new Beaumont Army Medical Center; $31 million for a health and dental clinic; $23 million for a simulation center; $17 million for a rire-MP station; $15 million for alert-holding area expansion; $15 million for a child development center; $11 million for a fueling facility and storage; and $10 million for an indoor aquatic center.

Another $780 million in Fort Bliss projects ranges from building renovations, paving, roofing, asbestos, lead paint abatement, as well as levee rehabilitation along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Corps expects them to go out for bid by end of year.

The El Paso Independent School District has about $75 million in school construction and renovation projects slated for bidding this year; Clint Independent School District has $45 million in projects; and the Ysleta Independent School District has new campus and remodeling projects at 27 existing campuses for which it anticipates work to start before early next year. The University of Texas at El Paso also has plans for new buildings and renovations.