Pulse   10/21/2013

California BNSF Railway is planning to build the Southern California International Gateway, a 153-acre cargo depot just off Interstate 710 in Los Angeles bordering Long Beach. The project entails constructing rail tracks to connect to existing rail lines, including the Alameda Corridor, widening the Dominguez Channel rail bridge and reconstructing the Sepulveda Blvd. rail bridge and the Pacific Coast Highway overpass. It also includes building an intermodal railyard consisting of loading and storage tracks for trains, container loading and storage areas, a locomotive service area and a truck gate complex. The Gateway will enable BNSF to take cargo to and from the port by rail rather than truck, reducing congestion on I-710 (the Long Beach Freeway). The project is valued at $500 million. BNSF, 2101 Lou Menk Drive, Fort Worth, Texas, 76131. DR#11-00638455.

Florida River Landing Development plans to build River Landing, a mixed-use project, in Miami, on a nine-acre site that is currently occupied by the Mahi Shrine auditorium. River Landing will comprise a multi-story big-box retail building, two residential towers containing 440 apartments, and a public river walk with waterfront restaurants. The whole complex of buildings will total 537,000 sq ft, and is valued at between $40 million and $60 million. River Landing Development, 235 Altara Ave., Coral Gables, 33146. DR#13-00473491.

New York Midtown Equities, a developer, is planning to adapt the Empire Stores, a complex of four- and five-story warehouses, totalling 380,000 sq ft, into office and retail space. The Empire Stores were built between 1869 and 1885, and until they were abandoned in the 1960s they were used primarily for storing coffee beans. They are located in Brooklyn Bridge Park, in the neighborhood known as Dumbo. Studio V has been selected as the architect, and H&H Builders Inc. has been chosen as the general contractor. The proposed design calls for an open-air courtyard in the center of the complex and a 60,000-sq-ft glass-walled rooftop addition. The project is valued at $150 million. Midtown Equities LLC, 141 Fifth Ave., New York, 10010. DR#12-00640815.

Texas Sanderson Farms is planning to build a poultry complex near Palestine. The complex will consist of a hatchery, a feed mill and a processing plant. The hatchery will be built by Sedalco, the feed mill will be built by Todd & Sargent Inc., and the contractor for the processing plant has not been selected. The project is valued at $124 million. Sanderson Farms, 225 N. 13th Ave., Laurel, Miss., 39440. DR#13-00644593.


Minnesota Olympic Builders is expected to start construction shortly on the Southeastern Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston. The 176-acre site includes steep slopes and ravines, requiring extensive grading and some tree removal. The project will entail bituminous street installation, storm sewer installation, well drilling, pre-placed crypts, a columbarium, an entrance monument and three buildings (administration, maintenance and committal shelter) totaling 7,348 sq ft. The project is valued at $7.8 million. Olympic Builders, 405 N. Star Rd., Holmen, 54636. DR#09-00662941.

Oklahoma The Oklahoma City Airport Trust has awarded a $30.9-million contract to Manhattan Construction to build a new consolidated rental car facility at Will Rogers World Airport. It will be a single-story 400,000-sq-ft structure and will hold 900 rental vehicles as well as administrative, customer service and maintenance operations. Construction is expected to begin by November 2013 and it is expected to open in the spring of 2015. Manhattan Construction, 2601 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, 73112. DR#09-00739424.

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Colorado 10/28 The Fort Morgan School District is requesting qualifications for owners representative services for a new middle school. The project will consist of a new 114,632-sq-ft building. The project is valued at $27.9 million. Fort Morgan School District, Attn: Mike Bailey, Dir. of Facilities, 715 W. Platte Ave., Fort Morgan, 80701. DR#13-00552915.

Washington 10/29 The City of Shoreline is seeking bidders to carry out the final segment of the Aurora Corridor Improvement Project. The project entails redeveloping Aurora Ave. North (State Route 99) between N. 192nd St. and N. 205th St., including wider sidewalks separated from the roadway by landscaping and other amenities, traffic- and pedestrian-level lighting and landscaped center medians with left- and U-turn pockets. The project includes adding business access and transit lanes and stormwater management features. The project is valued at $24.7 million. City of Shoreline, 17544 Midvale Ave. North, Shoreline, 98133. DR#13-00641422.

Virginia 11/6 The Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority is seeking bidders to build a new pump station and interceptor tunnel. The project entails building a 53-mil-gal-per-day pump station, consisting of two trench-style self-cleaning wet wells, with two 30 mgd channel grinders sited upstream. The 7.5-ft-dia, 1,650-ft-long interceptor tunnel will be excavated with a tunnel boring machine. The project is valued at between $28 million and $35 million. Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority, Attn: Tom Frederick, Exec. Director, 695 Moores Creek Lane, Charlottesville, 22902. DR#13-00568800.