Strong Start

Bad years can start with a bang but very few good construction years start with a bid market that limps out of the gate. So far, 2019 is not limping.

The K-12 market is very active. Franklin Regional School District advertised the $35 million new K-3 Elementary and $20.5 million Sloan Elementary Schools, which bid Feb. 5 and can be bid separately or combined. North Allegheny’s $22 million McKnight Elementary should go out to bid next week. The $31 million Franklin Elementary at NA is scheduled to bid Jan 23. The $15 million Mars Area Middle School is slated to bid in March.

The Allegheny County Airport Authority is reported to have selected the CM teams of Turner for the $250 million garage/ground transportation centers, and PJ Dick/Hunt AECOM for the $700 million landside/airside terminals portions of the Terminal Modernization Program. No contracts have been approved as yet.

(Ed. note: The CM team for the parking garage and ground transportation centers was previously listed as Turner/Parsons in error.)

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300-foot cranes tower over the construction at Shell’s Franklin Plant in Monaca.

Commercial real estate projects continue to fill the pipeline. The 230,000 square foot District 15 Beta Version spec office was announced by RDC, which expects to bid packages this spring and start construction mid-year. Oxford Development’s $13.5 million Stacks at 3 Crossings project was approved by city Planning Commission. Rycon is the contractor for The Stacks. TWG Construction held a prequalification meeting on its $40 million Connection at South Side Apartments on Thursday, Jan. 17. The project is to bid March 15. Read about the subcontracting opportunities. Chapman Properties is planning to start a new 75,000 flex building at Chapman Westport.

Pitt short-listed CMs for the RFP for its $90 million student rec center. Among the finalists are Mascaro/Barton Malow, Hunt/PJ Dick, Walsh and Turner.

 

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