Skanska announced that it has been selected to construct a central energy plant for Wake Technical Community College’s seventh physical campus, Eastern Wake 4.0, in Wendell, N.C. The 15,700-sq-ft energy plant will house chillers and boilers that will provide distributed hot and cold water for heating and cooling purposes throughout the college’s campus. Geothermal technologies will supplement the heating and cooling load requirements, and building-mounted solar photovoltaics will provide a portion of the plant’s electrical capacity.

The contractor also will develop the campus’ 55 acres for infrastructure, roadways and access points.

The new campus will support smart manufacturing as well as space for biopharmaceutical programs.

“Eastern Wake 4.0 will be a showcase for Wake Tech’s expanding reputation as the premier community college in the state,” said Greg Peele, general manager/executive vice president with Skanska. The project, which started in August 2021, is scheduled for completion by December 2022. 

Suffolk to Build 21-Story West Palm Beach Condo 

Suffolk’s South Florida office announced it has been selected to build the 21-story Alba condominium project in West Palm Beach, Fla. The 330,000-sq-ft development will include 55 residences with two- and three-bedroom options as well as four-story townhomes. Suffolk says it expects to finalize a GMP for construction by April 2022. The architect for the project is Spina O’Rourke + Partners. “We look forward to the delivery of this distinct, lifestyle-driven residence,” said Stephen Chang, chief operating officer for Suffolk.


Balfour Beatty Lands $400M Raleigh-Durham Airport Contract

The Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority has awarded Balfour Beatty a contract to deliver its $400-million Runway 5L/23R Replacement Program. The project involves building a new primary runway and transforming the existing runway into a taxiway. As part of RDU’s 25-year Vision 2040 master plan, the project will move the runway nearly 500 ft to the northwest and allow for future expansion of RDU’s Terminal 2 concourse.  Balfour Beatty will serve as construction manager at-risk and provide preconstruction and construction services to build the new runway and demolish and replace the existing runway with a new taxiway. The program will also include the relocation of a portion of Lumley Road to accommodate the new runway.