Whiting-Turner Contracting has begun initial sitework for the $2.5-billion design-bid-build John Palmour Manufacturing Center for Silicon Carbide for owner Wolfspeed in Siler City. The project is set to be completed in two phases, with Phase 1 expected to be completed by the start of 2024. Full completion is expected by 2030 for the 1.2-million-sq-ft silicon carbide materials production facility on 445 acres at the Chatham Siler City Advanced Manufacturing Site, currently in permitting. Total investment in the project is reportedly in excess of $5 billion and will include a silicon carbide foundry with furnace area, a wafer production area and a solid waste handling area. A dedicated substation will be constructed within the parcel as well as an administration building and amenities. The plant will complement an existing facility that would grow crystalline material used for silicon carbide chips, supplying primarily 200-mm silicon carbide wafers to Wolfspeed’s Mohawk Valley Fab Facility in New York for final manufacturing. Hallam-ICS, WSP USA and O’Brien Atkins Associates are serving as engineers for the project. Wolfspeed, 3028 Cornwallis Road, Durham, 27709. DR#22-00755475.
Beemok Capital is in the design phase for the $400-million Riverwalk Tennis Center Project Break Point on Garrison Road near Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and the Catawba River in Charlotte. The work will include a 12,000-14,000-seat stadium with smaller tennis courts and other venues on 50 acres. Construction on the design-bid-build project is targeted for completion in July 2026, and the project is currently awaiting funding and local approvals to move forward. Beemok Capital, 200 Meeting St., Charleston, S.C., 29401-3156. DR#23-00207172.
Scout Motors is in the design development stage for the $1-billion Scout Motors EV Manufacturing Plant in Blythewood, with Thomas & Hutton Engineers signed on as engineer. Set to start construction in December and deliver three years later, the project includes nine one-story structural steel buildings totaling nearly 6 million sq ft for the Volkswagen electric vehicle manufacturing plant, which will occupy 1,100 acres and produce 200,000 electric vehicles a year. Construction documents are in progress for the design-bid-build project, and the general contractor is to be negotiated. Scout Motors Headquarters, 1432 Swann St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20009-3904. DR#23-0078282.
Matrix Service Co. has started construction on the Liquefied Natural Gas Export Facility at 1632 Zoo Parkway in Jacksonville, a $542-million design-bid-build project. Matrix Service is serving as architect and general contractor for owner Eagle LNG, with Halff Associates Inc. as civil engineer. The project includes three one-story buildings for a total of more than 20,600 sq ft on 194 acres. Construction includes the liquefied natural gas export facility with a production capacity of approximately 1.65 million gallons per day and 12 million gallons of storage capacity. Also included is a 15,000-sq-ft warehouse, 5,000-sq-ft administration building, a 625-sq-ft security building and other liquefied natural gas infrastructure. Eagle LNG, 20445 State Highway 249, Ste. 250, Houston, 77070-2628. DR#19-00890325.
JE Dunn Construction has been announced as general contractor for the $1.6-billion LG Chem Batter Plant in Clarksville. Construction on the design-bid-build project is anticipated to begin in August on the 420-acre site. Plans are in design, and project progress is pending approvals and review. LG Chem, 222 2nd Ave. S., Ste. 1400, Nashville, 37201-2373. DR#22-00828232.