Pulse: Project News for the Week of April 8, 2019
Florida Collier Enterprises is planning to build Rivergrass Village, a 1,000-acre residential development located north and south of Oil Well Road, east of DeSoto Boulevard, in Naples. It will feature 2,500 spec homes, between 62,500 sq ft and 80,000 sq ft of retail and office space, and 25,000 sq ft of civic, government or institutional space. The development will also include an 18-hole golf course, a 20-acre mixed-use village center on the south side of Oil Well Road, and a system of lakes and parks, sidewalks and bike lanes. The project is valued at $200 million. Collier Enterprises, 2550 Goodlette Rd. N., Naples, 34103. DR#19-00572575.
Indiana The cities of Fishers and Noblesville and Hamilton County are planning to convert an abandoned rail corridor into a recreational trail. A 9-mile section of right-of-way that once served the Nickel Plate Railroad, and more recently the Norfolk Southern Railroad, will become a new segment of the 44-mile Nickel Plate Trail. BBJ and Ex2 Partners are master planning the 4.5-mile trail section being done by Fishers. BFS Engineering and A&S Engineering are designing the trail segment between 106th Street and 126th Street in Fishers, which will include either a tunnel or bridge to carry the trail under or over 116th Street. Fishers has budgeted $7 million to $9 million for the first, 2-mile long section. City of Fishers, Dept. of Public Works, 1 Municipal Drive, Fishers, 46038.
Iowa-Illinois Direct Connect Development Co. is planning to construct the SOO green transmission line from Mason City, Iowa, to a substation in Plano, Ill. The 349-mile-long underground line will carry electricity generated mostly by wind turbines in Iowa. The 2,100-MW high voltage direct current line will run along existing railroad lines. Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Jingoli Power and Siemens Financial Services are serving as the main investors of the project. Siemens is also responsible for the overall system design, engineering, manufacturing, civil works, installation and commissioning of the HVDC converter stations. Construction is expected to start in 2022 and be completed in 2025. The estimated construction cost is $2.5 billion. Direct Connect Development Co., Attn: Trey Ward, CEO, Raleigh, N.C. 27513. DR#19-00583617.
New Jersey The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is planning to oversee the cleanup of pollution at the Berry’s Creek Study Area in Bergen County, which is part of the Ventron/Velsicol Superfund site. The cleanup will remove mercury, PCBs and chromium contamination. The project includes bank-to-bank removal of sediment down to 2 ft in portions of the creek with backfilling and capping equal to the depth removed. It also includes the excavation and capping of approximately 27 acres in Upper Peach Island Creek marsh, where some of the highest surface concentrations of contaminants were found. Further, a demonstration project will be conducted on several acres of marsh to provide information on the effectiveness of the cleanup and provide information for future decisions. The EPA is currently negotiating with the potentially responsible parties to reach a settlement agreement for the design of the interim remedy. The estimated cost is $332 million. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-Region 2, Attn: Elías Rodríguez, Press Officer, 290 Broadway, New York City, 10007. DR#18-00883699.
Bids, Contracts, Proposals
Colorado Denver Public Schools has awarded LOA Architecture a contract to design a second Small Learning Community, a 96,000-sq-ft building containing up to 50 classrooms, administration offices and conference rooms, to be used by 1,000 students from the adjacent Northfield High School. In addition, the project includes adding two auxiliary gymnasiums to the current main gym building, a music/drama addition to the current commons building, a new soccer field and four tennis courts. Adolfson & Peterson Construction has been selected as the general contractor. It is expected to open in August 2020. The project is valued at $50 million. LOA Architecture, 480 East 20th Ave., Denver, 80205.
Mississippi Cure Land Co. has started building the North Beach Hotel in Bay Saint Louis, at the intersection of Main Street and Beach Boulevard. The four-story building will contain 60 units, and the project includes a swimming pool. It was designed by Trapolin Peer Architects. The project is valued at $11 million. Cure Land Co., 210 Highway 90 East, Waveland, 39576. DR#17-00727437.
Bid, Proposal Dates
California 4/18 Siskiyou County is requesting qualifications from design-build firms interested in designing and building a new 120-bed county jail in Yreka. The project is valued at $20.4 million. Siskiyou County, Economic Development Dept., 1512 S. Oregon St., Yreka, 96097. DR#17-00522928
Texas 5/7 The Texas Dept. of Transportation is seeking bidders to carry out an improvement project on Interstate Highway 35E. The project entails reconstructing and widening a 7.9-mile section of I-35 E from I-35 W to the Ellis County line in Hill County, from four lanes to six lanes within the existing right of way. Additional work will include reconstruction and realignment of ramps. The bridges over White Rock Creek will be replaced and widened to accommodate the additional travel lanes. The project is valued at $102.4 million. Texas Dept. of Transportation, 200 E. Riverside Drive, Austin, 78704. DR#17-00820476.
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