Connecticut A/Z Corp. has started construction of the Dominion Fuel-Cell Project in Bridgeport. FuelCell Energy Inc. will supply five of its Direct FuelCell stationary fuel-cell powerplants, totaling 14.9 MW, and an organic rankine turbine, which converts heat from the fuel cells into additional electricity. The fuel cells employ an electro-chemical process to convert natural gas into electricity. FuelCell Energy will build, operate and maintain the facility under contract to Dominion, a large power company. The project is valued at $65 million. A/Z Corp., 46 Norwich-Westerly Rd., North Stonington, 06359. DR#06-00749334.
Illinois The Chicago Dept. of Purchases is evaluating bids from contractors seeking to build the Bloomingdale Park and Multi-Use Trail Project. The project entails converting an abandoned 2.7-mile-long Canadian Pacific Railway viaduct into a linear park that traverses the Wicker Park, Bucktown, Humboldt Park and Logan Square neighborhoods on the northwest side of Chicago. The 13-acre park will include 13 ADA-compliant access points. The work will include extensive landscaping, seating, signage and miradors, or projections over the street at key points, for better views. The project has been valued at $53.7 million. Chicago Dept. of Purchases, Attn: Lynnette Terrell, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, 60602. DR#13-00517920.
Mississippi L&A Contracting Co. is upgrading the West Pier Wharf in Gulfport. The three-phase job entails upgrading a 3,700-ft wharf section on the west pier to accommodate future rail-mounted, ship-to-shore cranes. The project owner is the Mississippi State Port Authority. The project is valued at $55 million. L&A Contracting Co., Attn: Cory Bielstein, Project Manager, P.O. Box 16749, Hattiesburg, 39404. DR#13-00483963.
Oregon The Oregon Dept. of Transportation has awarded an $8-million contract to LaDuke Construction for the first phase of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass project. The first phase consists of building embankments for bridge approaches on the route, which will extend from Highway 219 in Newberg to Highway 99W south of Dundee. The overall project entails a controlled-access expressway to reduce traffic congestion on Highway 99W. ODOT plans to award three more major contracts over the next three years. The bypass is expected to open in 2016. LaDuke Construction LLC, 10433 Wagner Creek Rd., Talent, 97540. DR#03-00657091.
Texas HCA North Texas has awarded a $60-million contract to Brasfield & Gorrie to build the vertical expansion and renovation of the HCA Medical City Hospital in Dallas. The project comprises a 160,307-sq-ft, four-story vertical expansion above the existing emergency department and ambulance drop-off, creating 34 intensive-care beds and 46 medical/surgical beds. The job also includes a 68,576-sq-ft phased interior renovation of multiple campus departments, including surgery, medical oncology, surgical oncology, stem cell, and the emergency-department and cardiac-diagnostic unit. Construction is set to begin in October. Brasfield & Gorrie, 5950 Berkshire Lane, Dallas, 75225. DR#13-00435409.
Virginia New Atlantic Contracting has started construction of the New College Foundation Academic Building in Martinsville. The project entails the construction of a three-story, 50,000-sq-ft building. The project's value has been estimated vat $11 million. New Atlantic Contracting, Attn: Jay Morgan, 2635 Reynolda Rd., Winston Salem, 27106. DR#13-00411254.