A survey of top project starts in Washington, Alaska and Oregon suggests that a number of segments, including offices, apartments, hospitality, utilities and power are buoying construction activity in the region. Among the missing, however, are large public building projects, including government and university facilities, circumstances that mirror declines in state and locally funded projects nationwide.
Nevertheless, economists such as Ken Simonson, chief economist with Arlington, Va.-based Associated General Contractors of America, have indicated that the growing association of Washington and Oregon with high-tech enterprise is buoying the two states, as is inexpensive power and superior cable infrastructure.
Alaska, alas, is another story, having been pummeled by a decade-long decline in oil drilling and corresponding devastation of the state's budget.
ENR Northwest will publish a listing of the region's Top Project Starts in its May 11 edition, with projects ranked in accordance with their construction costs. To compile the list, we've not only referenced information from Dodge Data & Analytics, but our ongoing coverage of projects in the region.
Herewith is an alphabetized listing of the Top 25, followed by their locations and owners/developers.
400 Lincoln Square, Bellevue, Wash., Kemper Development Co.
Boeing Wing Manufacturing Facility, Everett, Wash., Boeing
Carty Natural Gas Generating Station, Boardman, Ore., Portland General Electric Co.
Cosmopolitan Condominium Tower, Portland, Ore., Hoyt Street Properties
Daimler Trucks North American Headquarters, Portland, Ore. Daimler Trucks North America
Embassy Suites Hotel, Seattle, American Life
Erb Memorial Addition Union Addition and Renovations, Eugene, Ore., University of Oregon
Esterra Park, Redmond, Wash., Capstone Partners
Factoria Recycling and Transfer Station Replacement, King County Waste Division
Fern Valley Interchange, Unit 2, Coburg, Ore., Oregon Department of Transportation
Fifth & Columbia Office and Hotel, Seattle, Daniels Real Estate
Healy Power Plant Upgrade, Healy Alaska, Golden Valley Electric Association
The Hotel in Southport, Rention, Wash., SECO Development Inc.
George M. Sullivan Power Plant Expansion, Anchorage, Alaska, Anchorage Municipal Light & Power
I-5 M Street to Portland Avenue HOV Project, Tacoma Wash, Washington Department of Transportation
Interstate Crossroads Distribution Center, Portland, Ore., Specht Development Inc.
Joe Redington Middle and High School, Wasilla, Alaska, Mat-Su Borough Assembly
Legends Casino Expansion, Toppenish, Wash., Yakama Nation Legends Casino
Nine Two Nine Office Tower, Bellevue, Wash., Trammell Crow
Odle Middle School, Bellevue, Wash., Bellevue School District 405
Pearl District Apartment Tower, Portland, Ore., Wood Partners
Port of Seattle Des Moines Creek Business Park, Des Moines Wash., Panattoni Development Co.
Potala Residential Tower and Hotel, Seattle, Path America; Dargey Development
Wastewater Treatment Plant, Seattle, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade, Tacoma, Wash., Joint Base Lewis – McChord