Mid-Atlantic Region Bidding Landscape – August – October 2013

Today we take a look at the bidding landscape for the Mid-Atlantic region for August through October 2013. This region covers the states of Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia and focuses on construction projects that had bid due dates during the months of August through October. CDCNews reported on 4,995 construction projects that had a bid date between July 1st and September 30th. Of those 4,995 projects, 3,936 were bid by the public sector and 1,059 were private sector projects.

Of the 3,936 public projects, 1,070 were classified as General Building, 804 were Specialty Trades, 1,878 were Heavy/Highway and 592 were Sewer & Water projects. There is some overlap in the numbers since projects can fall into more than one classification. General Building projects are all general construction projects regardless of size. Specialty Trades are projects with three or less trades involved where subcontractors can bid as a “prime contractor”. Heavy & Highway projects include projects involving road paving, tennis courts, athletic fields, drainage, dredging, demolition, traffic signals, site improvements and bridges. Sewer & Water are projects involving pump stations, water treatment facilities, force mains, septic work, inspection services, drainage, etc.

Engineering projects dominated the public sector and accounted for 53 percent of all public sector bids. Engineering projects cover a large number of industry sub types including roadwork, bridges, storm water systems, sewers and underground waterlines and site work. This was followed by Governmental at 14 percent and Educational and General/Civil Joint Projects both at 12 percent. Taking a look at the public sector in terms of construction type, 3,373 projects were for alterations, 342 projects were for renovations of existing structures and 303 projects were for new construction or additions.

Construction bids for the Retail industry made up 46 percent of all private sector projects that bid during July, August and September. Office construction projects made up 11 percent followed by Medical at 10 percent and Residential and Educational both at 8 percent. Breaking the private sector down by construction type we find that 678 projects were for renovations to existing buildings, 364 were for new construction and additions to existing construction and 67 were for alterations to existing sites.

Following is a sampling of the projects that bid out in the Northeast region from August 1st through October 31st, 2013:

General contractor bids were received on October 31st by invitation only for construction of a Homewood Suites at 465 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC. The project will consist of a 13-story, 103,610 SF hotel with a two-story, 29,000 SF below-grade parking structure. The project is being developed by IBG Partners, LLC of Washington, DC and BBG-BBGM of Washington, DC is the architect on the project.

Bearing Construction, Inc. of Sudlersville, MD was the apparent low bidder on the Inland Bays Regional Wastewater Facility Phase No. 2B Expansion project for Sussex County Council in Delaware. Construction on the project is expected to start on December 1, 2013 and will include conversion of an existing sludge storage lagoon to two sludge holding lagoons with geomembrane liner, construction of a new solids dewatering building and construction of a new recycle pump station.

Bids were received on October 10th by the Maryland Transit Administration for Deck Rehabilitation & Joint Modifications on bridges on I-95. GA & FC Wagman of York, PA was the apparent low bidder with a base bid of $51,106,123.95.

Bids were received on October 22nd by invited general contractors for construction of a 35,000 SF Athletic Performance Center @ High Point University in High Point, NC. The architect on the project was Betsch Associates of Greenville, SC.

Construction is expected to start in early November on a Student Apartment Complex @ Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. Bids were received on September 6, 2013 and Warfel Construction of East Petersburg, PA was selected as the general contractor. EYP Architecture & Engineering, PC of Albany, NY was the architect.

Herman/Stewart Construction of Washington, DC was selected as the general contractor for Phase I & II for a Staybridge Suites in McLean, VA. Zivic & Hurdle Architects of Fairfax, VA did the design for the project owned by Pence-Friedel Developers, Inc. of McLean.

Bids were received on October 17th for the Downtown & Roxalana Sewer Improvements for the City of Dunbar, WV. Ghosh Engineers, Inc. of Charlestown, WV is the engineering firm working on the project. Rover Construction, Inc. of Saint Albans, WV was the apparent low bidder for Contract 1 & Contract 3. Fields Excavating, Inc. of Kitts Hill, OH was the apparent low bidder for Contract 2.

If you would like to learn more about currently bidding opportunities in your area, please visit us at www.cdcnews.com.


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