Pulse   12/16/2013

Louisiana Newpark Resources Inc. is planning to expand its Carenco plant, where it manufactures mats used for temporary work sites, such as oil fields, construction projects and access roads. The 50,000-sq-ft expansion will double the plant's size. Construction is expected to start in January 2014 and be completed by late 2015. The project's value has been estimated at $41.1 million. Newpark Resources Inc., Attn: Paul Howes, CEO, 207 Towncenter Pkwy., Lafayette, 70506. DR#13-00687439.

Michigan/Ontario, Canada Borealis Infrastructure Management Inc., Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. and the Windsor Port Authority are planning to construct the Continental Rail Gateway Tunnel, a rail tunnel between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, under the Detroit River. The 2.8-kilometer-long, 8.4-meter-dia tunnel will accommodate, unlike the existing tunnel, double-stacked containers and multi-level rail cars. HDR Inc., the MMM Group and Hatch Mott Macdonald Group Inc. has completed design and engineering work. Construction is expected to start in the second or third quarter of 2014, and the estimated cost is $400 million. Borealis Transportation Infrastructure Trust, One Adelaide St. East, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2V9 Canada. DR#10-00673010.


California Nova Shimmick, a joint venture, has started work on the replacement of the fuel pier at Naval Base Point Loma. The project involves a new double-deck, steel-pile-supported T-shaped fueling pier. The project also includes demolition of the existing fuel pier, dredging and relocation of the marine mammal facilities. Nova Shimmick was awarded a $66.4 million firm-fixed-price contract. Nova Shimmick, 185 Devlin Rd., Napa, 94558. DR#12-00531837.

Kansas GE Johnson Construction Co. Inc. and Hutton Construction have started building an expansion to Koch Industries' campus in Wichita. The project entails the construction of a three-story, 210,000-sq-ft building. The project has been valued at between $25 million and $50 million. GE Johnson Construction Co. Inc., 25 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, Colo. 80903. DR#12-00695865.

West Virginia McTech Corp. has started building a conference center and dormitories at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Advanced Training Center in Harpers Ferry. The project involves the construction of four four-story buildings, totaling 173,065 sq ft, at the campus, where customs officers are trained in skills such as languages and the use of firearms. McTech was awarded a $51.8-million contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. McTech Corp., 8100 Grand Ave., Cleveland, Ohio, 44104. DR#13-00586786.

North Carolina The Batson-Cook Co. has started constructing the SkyHouse Raleigh, an apartment tower in Raleigh. The 23-story, 358,986-sq-ft building will contain 320 apartments and 5,400 sq ft of retail space. Huntington Street Partners LLC and the Novare Group are the developers, and Smallwood Reynolds Stewart & Associates Inc. is the designer. The construction cost has been estimated at $42 million. Batson-Cook Co., 700 Galleria Pkwy., S.E., Atlanta, Ga. 30339. DR#12-00507159.

Bid/Proposal Dates

Florida 1/1 The Florida Dept. of Transportation is seeking bidders to carry out the Veterans Expressway widening project in Hillsborough County. The project involves widening the expressway to eight lanes from four lanes, between milepost 7.16 and milepost 9.0, and installing an all-electronic tolling system. The project is valued at $56.8 million. Florida Dept. of Transportation, 263 Mile Post, Turkey Lake Service Plaza, Ocoee, 34761. DR#12-00476113.

Virginia 1/7 Pulaski County Public Schools is seeking proposals for architectural-design services for a new combined middle school and high school in Dublin. The project is valued at between $25 million and $50 million. Pulaski County Public Schools, 44 Third St., N.W., Pulaski, 24301. DR#13-00682659.

Oregon 1/15 Chemeketa Community College is seeking bidders to build the Applied Technology Machining Building on its campus in Salem. The project entails constructing a two-story, 53,000-sq-ft building to serve the school's machining, drafting and engineering programs. It will contain a large machining lab that has partitioned spaces dedicated to various metallurgical processes. It also will contain classrooms, computer labs and offices. The project has been valued at $10 million. Chemeketa Community College, Facilities/Operations Dept., Attn: Phil Wright, Director, 4000 Lancaster Dr., N.E., Salem, 97305. DR#13-00490905.