Mid-Atlantic Region Bidding Landscape for November 2012

Today we are going to take a look back at the construction bidding landscape for the Mid-Atlantic region during the month of November 2012. This region covers the states of Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. CDCNews reported on 1,264 construction projects that bid during the previous month.  Of those 1,264 projects, 958 were bid by the public sector and 306 were private sector projects.

Of those 958 public projects, 288 were classified as General Building, 201 were Specialty Trades and 577 were Engineering.  Of the 288 General Building projects 62 projects involved new construction.

Of the 306 private sector projects reported out to bid last month, 87 involved new construction or additions to existing structures.

Over half of the private sector projects we reported on as bidding in November were for the Retail Industry. Retail continues to be the major force driving private sector construction. The next three highest industries, Commercial Office, Medical and Educational combined for only 31% of the total projects as indicated in the chart below.

private sector by industry

Here’s a sampling of the commercial construction projects that were out to bid during November:

The Seaford School District in Seaford, DE took bids on November 9th for the Seaford Senior High School Additions & Improvements. The project was designed by StudioJAED out of Bear, DE and includes a 40,000 SF addition to house the Delaware New Tech Academy. Richard Y. Johnson & Son, Inc. located in Lincoln, DE was the apparent low bidder.

Construction is expected to begin in January on the campus of West Virginia University for an Advanced Engineer Research Building. The four-story, 95,000 GSF building will have laboratory and research space as well as a clean room. The building will also house offices, classrooms, computer rooms, a learning center and graduate student space. Stantec Consulting designed the new building and Massaro Corporation out of Pittsburgh was the low bidder at just under $33 million.

Bids were received on November 29th for construction of a new Cambria Suites Hotel in Washington, D.C. The 10-story, 112,000 SF hotel will be part of the larger CityMarket at O mixed-use development. The 182-room hotel is a partnership between Concord Hospitality Enterprises out of Raleigh, NC and Roadside Development, LLC out of Washington, D.C. who is also the developer on the entire CityMarket at O project.

The Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority received bids on November 9th for an expansion of their Leechburg, PA Wastewater Treatment Plant. Galway Bay Corporation out of Jeannette, PA was selected as the general contractor and Kirby Electric Service in Warrendale, PA was selected as the electrical contractor.

LeChase Construction Services has been selected as the general contractor for a new 56,000 SF Harris Teeter to be constructed at the corner of W. Markham Ave. and 9th St. in Durham, NC. The new grocery store was designed by Charlotte-based Arcons Design Studio and construction is expected to start in January.

Design-Build Proposals with a Guaranteed Maximum Price were received on November 6th for the construction of a 235,000 SF Salisbury University Academic Commons. The estimated cost of the project is $90 million and the project is expected to be awarded in February 2013. The building will be a new library with special collection areas and museum space and is expected to be LEED Gold certified once completed.

Bids were received on November 15th to convert the former Interbake Cookie Factory in Richmond, VA into 178 apartments. The 255,000 SF renovation was designed by Richmond-based Commonwealth Architects and the building is owned and being developed by The Rebkee Company out of Midlothian, VA. Construction should begin once a general contractor is selected.

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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