Pulse   07/18/2011

Massachusetts The University of Massachusetts Amherst is planning to build a new academic classroom building. The five-story, 150,000-sq-ft building will contain seating for 1,800 students and offices for the communication, journalism and linguistics programs as well as TV studios, editing rooms, film screening rooms, and speech-perception and auditory-phonetics labs. The building has been designed by Burt, Hill. Construction is expected to start in September 2011 and be completed by January 2014. The estimated construction cost is $85 million. University of Massachusetts, 360 Campus Center Way, Amherst, 01003.

South Dakota The Oglala Sioux tribe is planning to build a new justice center in Pine Ridge. The 93,000-sq-ft building will house tribal courts, attorney-general and public-defender offices, law enforcement offices, a corrections facility with 64 adult and 18 juvenile beds, and housing for tribal police officers. It will feature a circular outdoor courtyard, which will be the location of restorative justice ceremonies. It was designed by a team made up of Venture Architects and Standing Stone Design. Gruen Associates/Beezley Management are serving as the construction management/project advisory team. Construction is expected to start in fall 2011 and take about 15 months. The estimated construction cost is $40 million. Gruen Associates/Beezley Management, 23632 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas, Calif., 91302.


Arizona Arizona State University has selected Gabor Lorant Architecture to provide design services for a new recreation facility at the downtown Phoenix campus with a large gym, a weight room, an indoor track, locker rooms and a leisure pool. The estimated construction cost is $13.3 million. Gabor Lorant Architecture, 3100 N. Third Ave., Phoenix, 85013. DR#11-00417707.

California The Ohlone Community College District has selected Gilbane Building Co. to provide program and construction management services for its Bond Measure G Program. Projects include classroom and laboratory renovations, seismic and safety upgrades, and disabled access improvements. The estimated construction cost is $349 million. Gilbane Corporate, 7 Jackson Walkway, Providence, RI 02903.

Florida The University of South Florida has selected Skanska USA Building Inc. to provide construction management services for the renovation of the 250,000-sq-ft Sun Dome Arena and Convocation Center in Tampa. The project includes an east building expansion, new concessions and restrooms at the concourse level, modified southeast and southwest entries, and a center-hung scoreboard. The estimated construction cost is $28.5 million. Skanska USA Building Inc., 4030 Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, 33607.

Georgia The Georgia Financing and Investment Commission has selected EMC Engineers Inc. to provide construction management-at-risk services for the new, 80,000-sq-ft medical technology building project at Southern Crescent Technical College in Griffin. The estimated construction cost is $14.5 million. EMC Engineering Inc., 23 E. Charlton St., Savannah, 31412.

Idaho The Coeur d'Alene tribe has selected Wenaha Construction Management to provide owner's representative services for the new Benewah Medical Center. The project entails a 47,000-sq-ft building built on a six-acre site in Plummer. The estimated construction cost is $11 million. Wenaha Construction Management, 72018 Patawa Rd., Pendleton, Ore. 97801.

Iowa The Myrtue Medical Center has awarded a $12.5-million contract to Hawkins Construction to execute an expansion and renovation project at its hospital in Harlan. The project entails renovating 17,000 sq ft, which will contain specialty clinics and two surgical suites. Hawkins Construction Co., 2516 Deer Park Blvd., Omaha, Neb. 68105.

New York Ciminelli Real Estate Corp., a developer, expects to start work this month on Bethune Lofts. The project entails the conversion of the vacant Bethune Hall building—a four-story, 98,000-sq-ft building located at 2915 Main St. in Buffalo—into 85 apartments with 12-ft to 14-ft ceilings. The project involves new windows, exterior masonry repair and cleaning, a new entrance at the rear of the property, a fitness facility and parking for 148 cars. LPCiminelli will serve as construction manager. The project is valued at $8.5 million. LPCiminelli, 2421 Main St., Buffalo, 14214. DR#11-00433657.

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Arizona 7/28 The Arizona Dept. of Transportation is seeking qualifications for the development of a preliminary engineering scoping report for a segment of Black Mountain Boulevard from Deer Valley Road to Cave Creek Road at the future intersection with Sonoran Boulevard in Phoenix. Required work includes preparation of environmental documentation and clearance as well as final design for the section of Black Mountain Boulevard from the state Route 51 ramp connections to Mayo Boulevard. The estimated construction cost is $24.5 million. Arizona Dept. of Transportation, 205 S. 17th Ave., Phoenix, 85007.

Oregon 8/10 The Dept. of Veterans Affairs is seeking bidders to replace Bed Building 205 at the VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics, located in White City. The project includes construction of a two-story, 26,000-sq-ft building. The project has been valued at between $5 million and $10 million. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, 1601 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver, Wash. 98661. DR#11-00453177.

Alaska 9/15 The Alaska Railroad Corp. is seeking bidders to carry out the first segment of the Port MacKenzie Rail Spur Extension project. The project entails constructing 2.1 miles of new rail embankment, with alternates that may comprise an additional 2.6 miles. Furthermore, the bi-modal bulk facility—a bulk loading and unloading facility—will be expanded to 78 acres from 57 acres. Also, a half-mile-long gravel road will be built. The project includes clearing and grubbing, excavation and grading, installation of culverts and permanent stabilization structures. The project is valued at between $5 million and $15 million. Alaska Railroad Corp., 327 W. Ship Creek Ave., Anchorage, 99501. DR#11-00493661.

Hawaii 9/15 The City and County of Honolulu is seeking bidders to build the Ala Moana Wastewater Pump Station force mains Nos. 3 and 4. This project involves constructing approximately 7,500 ft of dual 60-in.-dia force-main sewer pipes that will flow from the Ala Moana Station across the Fort Armstrong Channel, through the Sand Island State Recreation Area and then connect to the existing reinforced-concrete-pipe force mains. The pipes will be installed inside a suitable jacking casing pipe installed by microtunneling. The cost of this project is valued at $165 million. City and County of Honolulu, Budget and Fiscal Services Dept., Attn: Wendy Imamura, 530 S. King St., Honolulu, 96813. DR#11-00538310.