Pulse: Project News for the Week of July 29, 2019
Arkansas Sun Bio Material, a subsidiary of Shandong Sun Paper, is planning to construct a pulp mill in Arkadelphia. The mill will produce 600,000 tons annually of dissolving pulp, an ingredient in rayon. The project will use “liquid waste” from the production of dissolving pulp as raw material and apply biological fermentation or chemical transformation to produce ethanol and lactic acid. The heat generated by the process will produce 123 MW of electricity, 80 MW of which will be sold back into the grid, with the remainder used by the mill. The mill is being designed by Poyry PLC, and the project is valued at $1.5 billion. Contact: Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance (owner’s agent), 2401 Pine St., Arkadelphia, 71923. DR#16-00511494.
Maine Chinburg Properties is planning to redevelop the Continental Mill building in Lewiston. The six-story, 560,000-sq-ft building was erected in 1860 as a cotton mill, and it more recently housed shoe and guitar manufacturers. Chinburg plans to convert it to mixed-use, including apartments, light industrial, and office space. Chinburg plans to act as general contractor. The project is valued at between $25 million and $50 million. Chinburg Properties, Attn: Eric Chinburg, President and CEO, 3 Penstock Way, Newmarket, N.H. 03857. DR#19-00674253.
Missouri The Greene County Commission is planning to expand the county jail by 806 beds. The Commission is currently evaluating submitted bids from firms seeking to construct precast cell modules. Dewitt & Associates, Inc. and J.E. Dunn Construction Co. have been chosen as construction managers. The project is valued at $104 million. Greene County Commission, Attn: Shane Schoeller, County Clerk, 933 N. Robberson Ave., Springfield, 65802. DR#18-00805666
Utah The Seven County Infrastructure Coalition is planning to build the Uinta Basin Railway. The 80-mile route through Indian Canyon will enable Uinta Basin crude oil to be shipped to the existing Union Pacific line. The alignment will include 3 miles of tunnels. The Coalition has signed an agreement with Drexel Hamilton Infrastructure Partners for a public-private partnership to finance and build the railway. The coalition will finance, develop and build the railway. They have partnered with Rio Grande Pacific Corp. to operate and maintain the railroad. Construction is expected to start in 2022 or 2023. The project is valued at $1.2 billion. Seven County Infrastructure Coalition, Attn: Michael McKee, Executive Director, 5995 S. Redwood Rd., Salt Lake City, 84123. DR#19-00624778.
Virginia Cricket Solar LLC is planning to construct the 80MW Cricket Solar Farm in Culpeper County. The project entails installing more than 270,000 solar panels on 807 acres in southern Culpeper County, mostly parcels of farmland along Algonquin Trail. The developers of the project are BayWa renewable energy, based in California with a parent company located in Germany, and Geenex Solar, based in Charlotte, N.C. The project is valued at $200 million. Cricket Solar LLC, Attn: Ben Lindermeir, Development Manager, 17901 Von Karman Ave., Irvine, Calif. 92614. DR#19-00636463
Bids, Contracts, Proposals
Alabama Larry M. Tew Construction has begun building a manufacturing facility for Sweet Brew Tea in Bay Minette. The 125,000-sq-ft plant is located on Highway 31. Sweet Brew Tea is owned by Southern Visions. The building was designed by Coast Architects, Inc., and the project is valued at $24 million. Larry M. Tew Construction, P.O. Box 190426, Mobile, 366619. DR#18-00895808.
Bid, Proposal Dates
Pennsylvania 8/7 Erie County Convention Center Authority is seeking bidders to carry out improvements to the UPMC Ballpark in Erie. The project includes an expanded concessions area, a team store, an exterior marquee, and new lighting and walkways. The project is valued at $12 million. Erie County Convention Center Authority, 809 French St., Erie, 16501. DR#14-00514433.
California 10/1 The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is seeking bidders to carry out improvements to Mountain Tunnel. The 19-mile long water tunnel, located in Tuolumne County, which has been in service since 1925, is unlined upstream for over 7 miles and has an unreinforced concrete lining for 11 miles in its downstream section. Inspections have revealed deterioration of the tunnel lining and other deficiencies, resulting in reduced flow rate, increased groundwater intrusion and increased turbidity. The repairs and improvements include: repairing with wired mesh and shotcrete the defects in the 11 miles of existing tunnel lining; constructing a new 1,075-foot adit tunnel at Priest Reservoir to improve maintenance access; constructing a new flow control facility with large flow control valves at the downstream end of the tunnel near Priest Reservoir to better control pressure in the tunnel, help protect the tunnel lining and improve operational flexibility; placing concrete along 5,000 ft of the floor of the unlined portions of the tunnel to improve maintenance access and improve hydraulic flow; and constructing a 750-ft bypass tunnel (siphon extension) at South Fork Siphon. The work will take place over seven years, including five winter shutdowns (when water demand is lowest). The project is valued at $140 million. San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, 525 Golden Gate Ave., San Francisco, 94102. DR#18-00822512.
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