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Pulse   10/22/2012

Georgia Ethicon Products is planning to expand its Noramco Inc. production facility in Athens. The project entails the construction of a 100,000-sq-ft building, which will produce suture raw materials, and improvements to an existing plant in Cornelia. Both Ethicon and Noramco are subsidiaries of Johnson & Johnson. The project has been valued at $160 million. Ethicon Products Inc., One Johnson & Johnson Plaza, New Brunswick, N.J., 08933. DR#12-00634031.

New York A joint venture of SL Green Realty Corp., Harel Insurance and the Naftali Group is planning to build a dorm for Pace University in New York City. The project entails constructing a 29-story building at 33 Beekman St. in downtown Manhattan. The project is valued at between $10 million and $15 million. SL Green Realty Corp., Attn: James Pesci, 420 Lexington Ave., New York City, 10170. DR#12-00633938.

Texas VHA Inc., a health-care cooperative, is planning to redevelop a Las Colinas-sited office complex formerly occupied by Associates Corp. into its own national headquarters. The project entails the interior renovation of a three-building, 539,000-sq-ft complex on a 15.3-acre site at 250 E. John Carpenter Freeway. The project is valued at $15 million. VHA Inc., 2200 Las Colinas Blvd. East, Irving, 75039. DR#12-00633955.


Alaska The State of Alaska Dept. of Transportation and Public Facilities has selected PCL Construction Services to build a State Library Archives and Museum facility in Juneau. The project entails the construction of a two-story, 168,000-sq-ft building that will contain the state museum, the state historical collections and the state archives as well as 80 basement parking spaces. The project is valued at between $70 million and $80 million. PCL Construction Services, 1400 W. Benson Blvd., Anchorage, 99503. DR#06-00625236.

Montana St. John's Lutheran Hospital has selected Swank Enterprises to build its new hospital in Libby. The project entails the construction of a 79,000-sq-ft building, containing 25 private rooms with showers, toilet facilities and room for family; a larger emergency department; larger surgical suites with additional recovery rooms; and upgraded imaging technology. Construction is expected to be completed by May 2014. The project has been valued at $32 million. Swank Enterprises, 750 West Reserve Dr., Kalispell, 59901. DR#12-00633945.

Ohio Brasfield & Gorrie LLC has started construction of the Le Meridien Joseph Hotel in Columbus. The project entails building a 133-room, 11-story, 98,000-sq-ft boutique hotel. The hotel was designed by Arquitectonica International Corp. The project has been valued at $50 million. Brasfield & Gorrie LLC, Attn: Christi Johnson, Project Manager, 1990 Vaugh Rd. N.W., Kennesaw, Ga. 30144. DR#08-00589960.

Oklahoma Oklahoma City has selected TAP Architecture to design a new parking garage on Main Street, west of Hudson Avenue. The project entails designing a 10-story, 700-space garage with street-level retail and restaurant space. Construction is expected to begin in early 2013 and be completed in 2014. The estimated construction cost is $20 million. Oklahoma City Public Works Dept., Attn: Eric Wenger, Director, 420 W. Main St., Oklahoma City, 73102. DR#12-00470949.

West Virginia The West Virginia Division of Purchasing has awarded a $27.4-million contract to Mountaineer Contractors to build a truck-rail intermodal facility in Prichard. The project entails building a terminal on a 71-acre site, located along the Big Sandy River and adjacent to Norfolk Southern tracks and U.S. Route 52, where containers can be loaded or off-loaded. The Norfolk Southern route is part of the Heartland Corridor, where double-stacked container trains travel from Norfolk through Virginia and West Virginia to Ohio. The terminal is expected to be operational in October 2014. Mountaineer Contractors Inc., 15237 S. Preston Highway, Kingwood, 26537. DR#09-00442407.

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Florida 10/30 The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority is seeking bidders to build the South Airport Automated People Mover Complex. The project entails extending the people-mover system from the existing main terminal to the planned south terminal. Further, the job includes building a 3,500-space parking garage and a runway and road expansion. Construction is expected to begin in September 2013 and be completed by March 2015. The project's value has been estimated at $470 million. Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Attn: Mark Birkebak, Manager of Airport Programs, One Airport Blvd., Orlando, 32827. DR#12-00612524.

California 10/31 The San Diego Association of Governments is seeking bidders to carry out Blue Line trolley station improvements. The project comprises a trolley station, a transit center and track reconstruction and upgrades between the San Diego Trolley Yard and San Ysidro's transit center. The work includes the reconstruction of 11 light-rail station platforms and 14 highway-grade crossings, construction of a multimodal transit center at the Eight Street Station, and improvements to the railroad signaling system. The job is valued at $81 million. San Diego Association of Governments, Project Manager, 401 B St., San Diego, 92101. DR#11-00503518.


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