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Pulse   11/26/2012

Delaware Honeywell International is planning to build a renewable-energy biosolids facility in Wilmington. The facility will capture methane produced by anaerobic digesters at the Hay Road Wastewater Treatment Plant and mix it with methane from the nearby Cherry Island Landfill; the result will be used to generate up to 4 MW of electricity to supply the Hay Road plant. The facility also will employ heat from the engines to dry sludge from the plant; this process will reduce the amount of plant sludge by 75%, saving on material-handling costs. The project's value has been estimated at $35 million. Honeywell International, 101 Columbia Turnpike, Morristown, N.J. 07960. DR#12-00658007.

New York Marriott International is planning to convert the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. Tower in New York City into an EDITION-brand hotel. The project entails renovating the 51-story, 267,000-sq-ft building, including mechanical, plumbing and structural work. Capped by a gilded cupola and known as the Clock Tower for its four 26.5-ft-dia clock faces, it was the world's tallest building, at 700 ft, from 1909 through 1913. AAI Architects is designing the hotel, which faces Madison Square Park near East 23rd Street. The project has been valued at $58 million. Marriott International, Attn: Timothy Grisius, Senior Vice President, 10400 Fernwood Rd., Bethesda, 20817. DR#12-00661593.

South Carolina Enova Energy Group is planning to build a wood-pellet processing plant near Trenton. The project entails building a plant on a 100- to 150-acre site, where raw timber chips and sawmill residues will be dried, hammer-milled and then pelletized before being shipped to the Port of Savannah for export to Europe. The plant is expected to produce 450,000 metric tons of pellets annually. Construction is expected to start in early 2013 and take one year to complete. The project has been valued at $110 million. Enova Energy Group, Attn: Ben Easterling, Vice Chairman, 5256 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, Ga. 30341. DR#12-00653322.


Minnesota Ryan Cos. US Inc. has started construction of an addition to the Polaris Group's research-and-development center in Wyoming. The project entails building a single-story, 144,000-sq-ft addition that will contain a new electrical lab, an electromagnetic-interference-shielded room, more space for displays and conferences, an expanded kitchen and cafe, and a new parking lot. Polaris manufactures snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles. The project has been valued at up to $25 million. Ryan Cos. US Inc., Attn: Patrick Ryan, Project Manager, 50 S. Tenth St., Minneapolis, 55403. DR#12-00625972.

Utah CraCar Construction has started building a multipurpose machine-gun-range complex at the Utah National Guard Camp Williams training site in Riverton. The project entails building a 248-sq-ft control tower; foxholes, firing berms and defilades; lane and limit markers for eight lanes between 800 meters and 2,500 m in length; and emplacements for stationary infantry targets, moving infantry targets and stationary armor targets. It may include a range-operations and storage building, an ammunition breakdown building, a general instruction building and a bleacher enclosure. The job is valued at $6.1 million. CraCar Construction, Attn: Jeff Wills, Project Manager, 2424 South 3270 West, West Valley, 84119. DR#12-00582987.

Wisconsin J.P. Cullen & Sons Inc. has started building the Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences on the University of Wisconsin campus in Milwaukee. The project entails building a three-story, 92,600-sq-ft addition to the existing Great Lakes Research Facility, which overlooks Milwaukee Harbor. Adjacent to the current Great Lakes Water Institute and serving as its front door, the new integrated marine, freshwater and atmospheric research laboratory will provide multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research space, core facilities, collaborative space and classrooms. The addition will include quarantine facilities, allowing research students to safely acquire aquatic organisms from the Great Lakes. The project will include the installation of an emergency power distribution system and a new process water system for aquatic life support. Cullen was awarded a $36.4-million contract. J.P. Cullen & Sons Inc., 13040 W. Lisbon Rd., Brookfield, 53005. DR#09-00715483.

Bid/Proposal Dates

Arizona 12/5 The Denton County Commissioners Court is seeking bidders to build the Charlie Cole Juvenile Probation Multipurpose Facility in Denton. The project entails the construction of a two-story, 65,000-sq-ft building. The project has been valued at $19.9 million. Denton County Commissioners Court, Attn: Danny Brumley, Facilities Director, 401 W. Hickory St., Denton, 76201. DR#00-00753740.

District of Columbia 12/12 The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority is seeking bidders to build the Anacostia River Tunnel. The project entails excavating a 23-ft-dia, 12,500-ft-long, 100-ft-deep tunnel in soft ground. The project also includes six shafts, ranging in diameter from 15 ft to 75 ft; three adits, ranging from 20 ft to 300 ft in length and 4.5 ft to 10 ft in diameter, and two diversion structures. The project is valued at up to $50 million. D.C. Water and Sewer Authority, Attn: Kimberly Isom, Contracting Officer, 5000 Overlook Ave., S.W., Washington, 20032. DR#11-00637035.


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