Pulse   10/13/2014

New York LPCiminelli has started constructing a new solar-panel manufacturing plant in Buffalo, at the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub, known as RiverBend, at 1175 South Park Ave. The 1.2-million-sq-ft plant was designed by Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture & Engineering. The plant is expected to produce solar panels capable of producing over one gigawatt of electricity per year. Construction is expected to be completed by early 2016. SolarCity Corp. is the project owner. LPCiminelli Construction Corp., 2421 Main St., Buffalo, 14214. DR#14-00442367.

Texas The City of Dallas is planning to replace both the Walcrest Pump Station and the adjacent underground water-storage reservoir. The two new reservoirs each will hold 10 million gallons and be housed in a building measuring 400 ft by 268 ft. The new pump station will be 9,625 sq ft and house pumps that meet current Texas Commission on Environmental Quality codes. Construction is expected to begin in October 2015 and be completed by 2019. The project is valued at $38 million. City of Dallas Water Utilities, Attn: Jody Puckett, Director, 320 E. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas, 75203. DR#12-00529783.

Virginia Uphoff Ventures LLC is planning to build an indoor water park, a 400-room hotel and a convention center on a 26-acre site in Midlothian. Uphoff is partnering with China-based Jinma Group. Taylor & Parrish Inc. has been selected as the general contractor. The project is valued at $160 million. Uphoff Ventures LLC, Attn: Steve Uphoff, Principal, 4900 W. Hundred Rd., Chester, 23831. DR#14-00638372.

Bids, Contracts, Proposals

California Bomel Construction Co. is building a four-level, 1,950-space parking garage for the Simon Property Group at the Del Amo Fashion Center mall in Torrance. The project has been valued at $21.1 million. Bomel Construction Co., 8195 East Kaiser Blvd., Anaheim Hills, 92808. DR#03-00800756.

Georgia Reames & Son Construction Co. Inc. has started work on the widening and reconstruction of state Route 133 in Colquitt County. The project will be carried out on a 4.4-mile-long stretch between Hawthorne Drive and the Moultrie Bypass. Construction is expected to be completed by July 2016. The project is valued at $15 million. Reames & Son Construction Co. Inc., Attn: Jeff Reames, Principal, 1302 Cypress St., Valdosta, 31601. DR#14-00547204.

Iowa The City of Ames currently is evaluating four bids from engineering firms seeking to build a new lime- softening water treatment plant. The plant will be designed to produce 15 million gallons of water per day. The project will entail constructing a structure to house water treatment processes, administrative support and maintenance areas as well as a softening-residuals handling building. Existing lime sludge ponds are scheduled for modification. Among the process facilities included under the proposal documents are cascade aerators, solids-contact clarifiers, granular-media filters, chemical storage and handling, and a backwash recovery basin. The project is expected to be completed by July 2017. Fox Engineering Inc. is the designer. The project is valued at $52.5 million. City of Ames, Attn: Mike Adair, Procurement Specialist, 515 Clark Ave., Ames, 50010. DR#098-00706445.

Pennsylvania Stellar, the general contractor, has started construction of a new Bell & Evans poultry processing and packaging plant in Fredericksburg. The 158,000-sq-ft plant will be located on a 19.6-acre site at 154 W. Main St. Construction is expected to be completed in 2015. The project's value has been estimated at between $15 million and $25 million. Stellar, 2900 Hartley Rd., Jacksonville, Fla. 32257. DR#14-00429058.

Bid, Proposal Dates

Oregon 10/21 Eugene School District 4J is seeking bidders to replace Howard Elementary School with a two-story, 85,000-sq-ft building, located at 700 Howard Ave., to serve 600 students. The project is valued at $23 million. Eugene School District 4J, Attn: Kathi Hernandez, Purchasing, 715 W. Fourth Ave., Eugene, 97402. DR#13-00593869.

Ohio 10/29 Miami University is seeking bidders interested in carrying out phase two of the Armstrong Student Center renovation project, located on the campus in Oxford. Phase-two construction entails converting all 57,000 sq ft of the existing Culler Hall into additional student-center space. Further con- struction includes building 6,000 sq ft of new space to connect to phase-one construction of the renovated space. Phase two, which has been estimated at $15.8 million, is expected to be completed by the start of the fall 2017 semester. Miami University Office of Facilities Contracting, 101 S. Fisher Dr., Oxford, 45056. DR#08-00576507.

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