The Chevron Project etc.

Yesterday’s announcement that Chevron had closed on the rumored Roy Johns Montour Run Road site and the KMart brought public attention to a project that has been tracking towards construction for three-quarters of a year. The requirements that had been bandied about in the real estate community were for a campus of 250,000 sq. ft. all the way up to one million sq. ft. That would put the project ultimately at about the same size as the Westinghouse corporate campus, which cost about $300 million all in (of course that took a few phases & a few years). The Chevron project has been going through design at HOK’s Houston office & the RFP for construction mgt. services is to be released imminently to 6 contractors or teams of contractors. I would expect Turner, PJ Dick, Mascaro, Massaro, perhaps Gilbane, Walsh & some national players teaming with some of the local generals.

The public bid market has picked up surprisingly for May. Considering that there was very little in the way of meaty projects out in the late winter this may be the shot for 2013. Most of those projects are outside the city, including the site package for the $80 million Ag Sciences Building at WVU.

Among the projects awarded recently (although not all are inked) Mascaro was selected to build a new $5 million residence hall at Pitt Bradford and the $70 million Village Green Apartments. MBM Contracting was chosen for a $1.2 million clinical project at Weirton Hospital & $15 million expansion at Excela Healthcare in Westmoreland Co. The latter project won’t start until later this year. Nello was selected to do the expansion & renovation at Memorial Park Church in McCandless.

One of the big projects announced at Southpointe II last year is breaking loose. The Ansys Corp. HQ and the accompanying spec office building that Burns & Scalo is developing is going through the design/build process with Clayco Construction from St. Louis. Bids for the early packages are out right now. Site work is expected to start in June with steel arriving in Sept. – assuming all is in budget.

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