Developers Carpenter & Co. and Woodward Design + Build are working with the city of New Orleans to redevelop the old World Trade Center into a 350-room Four Seasons Hotel, which will also have 76 condos. The city owns the land and will lease it to the developers. The luxury hotel will occupy floors seven through 19, with 76 hotel-serviced condos on floors 21 through 30. The project also includes two new buildings on the northeast and southeast corners of the tower, which will extend over the streetcar and railroad tracks. The project is currently under design, with the construction and bid schedule to be determined. The project is valued at $364 million. City of New Orleans Purchasing Dept., Nat Celestine, 1300 Perdido St., Rm. 4W-07, New Orleans, 70112, 504-658-1550. DR#14-00658732.
Monsanto Co. is planning to expand its plant and office facilities in St. Charles Parish. The estimated $975-million project is currently proposed, and the owner is reviewing funding options and EPA approvals. Once approved, individual projects will advance to construction over a three- to five-year period. Monsanto Co., Charla Lord, 800 N Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, 63141, 314-694-1000. DR#15-00563765.
Texas Central Partners is planning to develop a high-speed rail line from Dallas to Houston. The environmental impact study is estimated to be roughly one-third complete. The planned 240-mile roadway would provide a travel time of less than 90 minutes. The contractor on the design-build project is Dallas to Houston Constructors (DHC), a joint venture between Archer Western Construction and Ferrovial Agroman US Corp. The overall construction cost is estimated at $10 billion. The overall project time line is being determined. Texas Central Partners, Tim Keith, Dallas, 214-736-1605. DR#15-00668269.
Axiall Corp. and design-bid-build contractor CB&I plan to begin construction on an ethane cracker chemical plant in Lake Charles in August. Site development has finished, and completion is targeted for 2019. The project is valued at $3 billion. Axiall Corp., Paul Carrico, 1000 Abernathy Rd. NE, Ste. 1200, Atlanta, 30328, 770-395-4500. DR#14-00631746.
The Louisiana Dept. of Transportation and Development is evaluating bids on alterations to the LA 91 Drainage Canal Bridge. The project includes clearing and grubbing, grading, drainage structures, base course, lime treatment, asphaltic concrete overlay, precast concrete piles, cast-in-place concrete slab span bridge and related work. The project is valued at $2.5 million to $5 million. Louisiana Dept. of Transportation and Development, Alan Dale, P.O. Box 4425, 1201 Capitol Access Rd., Baton Rouge, 70821, 225-379-1401. DR#16-00550496.
Upperroom Bible Church is evaluating bids on renovations to its New Orleans facility. The hurrican rebuild project is valued at $3 million. Upperroom Bible Church, Dr. Herbert Rowe, 8600 Lake Forest Blvd., New Orleans, 70127, 504-254-9060. DR#14-00460475.
Tarrant Regional Water District is evaluating bids on sections 10 and 11 of the IPL Pipeline Water Line. Construction includes approximately 66,847 linear ft of 84-in. water line by a combination of open cut and tunneling, valves, connections and appurtenances along the proposed alignment of Sections 10 and 11. Work also includes construction of a cathodic protection system as well as various site, civil and roadway improvements. The project is valued at $88 million. Tarrant Regional Water District, David Marshall, 600 E. Northside Drive, Fort Worth, 76164, 817-335-2491. DR#16-00535560.
The city of Laredo is seeking bids on an expansion project at the South Laredo Wastewater Treatment Plant. Work includes installing a submersible pump at the existing Influent Pump Station, constructing an aeration basin splitter box and aeration basin No. 3, expanding the blower facility/electrical building, constructing a secondary clarifier No. 4 and a secondary clarifier splitter box, expanding RAS pump station with new pumps and constructing a chlorine contact basin splitter box. Other work includes expanding the chlorine contact basin, modifying chlorine storage and feed building, and constructing an effluent sample building. Bids are due to the owner Aug. 18. City of Laredo, Doanh Nguyen, 1110 Houston St., Fl. 3, Laredo, 78040, 956-791-7308. DR#16-00595394.
Bid of the Week
Crystal City Independent School District is evaluating bids on a school improvements building package. Work includes construction of a single-story, 80,000 sq-ft high school addition, a 17,000-sq-ft high school gymnasium, a 21,000-sq-ft single-story addition to Sterling Fly junior high school and a 4,600-sq-ft addition to Benito Juarez Middle School. Crystal City ISD, Imelda Allen, 805 E Crockett St., Crystal City, 78839, 830-374-2367. DR#16-00431327.
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